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Beautify Brighton: The Millpond Restoration Project

Volunteers Needed for Earth Day Cleanup at the Millpond

The City of Brighton plans to restore the Millpond to its former glory through a series of volunteer cleanups, shoreline restoration, and sustained weed and waterfowl management.  In order to encourage community participation, the City will host the first of many Millpond Cleanups on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.  Volunteers will give the Millpond the much needed attention it deserves by removing litter and clearing brush.  To become a volunteer for the Earth Day cleanup, please register using this link and to stay informed about future Millpond Volunteer Days, sign up for the Millpond Volunteer Mailing List.

Cleanup volunteers and community members can enjoy a FREE event after the Millpond Cleanup.   The all-ages, Earth Day celebration, will be happening at the Millpond, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This event is hosted by the Maltby Intermediate School 6th grade enrichment class and will feature food carts, activities, crafts, and more!  To get all the event details, visit

The Earth Day cleanup is part of a larger initiative to establish a healthier environment for the Millpond ecosystem and the City of Brighton. The Millpond Restoration Project will be an ongoing effort led by the City of Brighton, Landscape Design & Associates, and the greater Brighton community. 

For more information about Earth Day, Millpond Volunteer Days, and the Millpond Restoration Project, visit or contact Jessica Reed at, and at 810-225-9257.

Millpond Restoration Plan

The Millpond is the focal point of the Brighton community. It’s where the hustle and bustle of downtown meets a one-of-a-kind natural beauty.  The Millpond, however, has long served as a dumping ground leading to a poor state of soil and water quality, and many native species being choked out.    Pollution, invasive species, shoreline erosion, and overpopulation of waterfowl are issues that need to be addressed.  The City has deemed the Millpond’s condition unacceptable and has put together a plan to restore, manage, and breathe life back into our hometown treasure. The City will begin tackling these issues in the spring of 2017 through a series of volunteer cleanups, shoreline restoration, and sustained weed and waterfowl management.   

Landscape Design and Associates presented a shoreline restoration plan to the Brighton City Council in early 2017.  The plan will mitigate erosion around City Hall through shoreline extension and native plantings.  This design will restore the Millpond shoreline to its mid-century footprint and provide a stronger land base through deeper root systems that will reduce erosion and manage storm water more effectively.  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will also work with the City to devise strategies to improve and sustain invasive plant and waterfowl management. 

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Register Now for the Earth Day Millpond Cleanup! on April 22 from 8am - 11am