Making a Splash at Riverside Park

There have been many “stand out” moments over my twenty-year career here at Auburn Hills.  I can honestly say that none of them holds a candle to last Friday’s events. 

After two years of planning and fundraising, we officially cut the ribbon for the amphitheater, splash pad, and public art piece in our beautiful downtown.  Perhaps the highlight of the entire event was the dedication of the amphitheater in honor of Henry and Claire Knight.  It was truly an unforgettable moment.

For those of you who do not know Henry and Claire Knight, they are pillars of the Auburn Hills community.  Mr. Knight currently serves on the City Council, and he and his lovely wife have been a part of this community since 1957.  It was a joy and an honor to recognize the many contributions the Knights have made to the Auburn Hills community.

I still feel a wonderful sense of pride when I think about Friday night and I am so grateful and thankful for everyone involved in the project.  These new amenities enhance opportunities for the community to come together for recreation and the arts. 

Since we loved this project so much, we have submitted it for a Community Excellence Award through the Michigan Municipal League (MML).  The MML developed the Community Excellence Award (CEA) in 2007 to honor and celebrate the innovative placemaking programs and projects in communities all across the state. 

Voting takes place until July 17 and you can vote every 24 hours. Let’s bring the Excellence Cup to Auburn Hills! Click here to submit your vote!

The new amphitheater and splash pad, along with the new art piece is a wonderful compliment to Riverside Park and will further distinguish downtown Auburn Hills as a great place to be! 

Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development and Community Relations

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