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Milton Park


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Milton Park

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Milton Park

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1524 Niles Ave
St Joseph, MI 49085

Milton Park

Milton Park is located on the site of the former Milton Junior High School bordered by Niles, Winchester and Forres Ave. Development of the 2.5 acre park was a joint venture of the Indian Hills Garden Club and the City starting in 1977, after the former school was demolished in March of 1977. The Garden Club raised approximately $28,000, and the City provided labor, maintenance and materials (trees). The park would not have been possible without the cooperation of Whirlpool and the St. Joseph Board of Education. The school was vacated due to declining enrollment and ultimately demolished and then the land was sold to Whirlpool. Whirlpool leased the land to the City for $1 a year for 10 years, provided that it be used as a park. The property is still owned today by Whirlpool.

The park grand opening occurred on Sunday October 7, 1979. The Indian Hills Garden Club remains intimately involved in Milton Park. As a part of the 90th year celebration, the club most recently purchased and placed 25 tree ID tags in the park. Tree ID’s were a part of the park when it opened in 1979, but ultimately were removed in the 1990’s due to deterioration.  Below is a link to the map of tree ID's.  

In the spring of 2001 the current playground was installed by the City and in 2006 the decorative fence along Niles and Winchester was installed. In June of 2019 Milton Park was host to a very well attended “Movie in the Park” and as a result will host two movies during the summer of 2021.  

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