Now that the dam is gone, Dexter residents are working on plans for a new park on reclaimed land the village has acquired on the east bank of Mill Creek. The park will run along the creek from the new bridge to Shield Road. Reclaimed land on the west bank of the creek will be returned to the neighboring property owners to be “kept in a natural state,” says Cousins.
Paul Seelbach expects that pike, smallmouth bass, and walleye living in the Huron River will move into Mill Creek and spawn or spend the winter. Old records indicate that Mill Creek used to support a thriving population of native pike, and Seelbach says there’s a good chance they’ll return.
Always the visionary, Cousins foresees hiking trails and bicycle paths connecting Mill Creek to the Metroparks on the Huron. He pictures people in canoes and kayaks paddling up Mill Creek from the river to have lunch, anglers fishing from its banks, and families picnicking.
“It’s satisfying, but not just for me personally,” Cousins says. “I’m happy to see something good happening for the village.”