Gazebo garden spot
draws visitors in for a break
The site of the former artisan well at Northville Road, north of 7 Mile,
serves as a gateway to the city and is now flourishing thanks to an
appealing landscape design and a labor of love by volunteer gardeners.
Diane Pittaway, chair of the Beautification Commission, prepared
a design for Rotary Park in 2012. Volunteers from Rotary Club of
Northville and the Beautification Commission planted the flowers, trees
and shrubs, and continue to maintain the site. There is a flagstone walk
leading to the gazebo, and hostas and roses around it. Three fir trees
add texture and color, and provide a focal point during the winter.
Rotary sponsored the historical marker that tells of the time when
trains that traveled on the hill above the site would stop so passengers
could get water from the artisan well. Although the well was replaced
years ago with a drinking fountain that draws from city water, the area
still provides a pleasant place to stop and relax amid natural
Visitors often stop here…taking time to relax and commune with
“That is the most inviting thing for a city to
have people just stopping by an area to sit for a while and enjoy the
surroundings. People are drawn to this site and are actively using the
space,” Pittaway said.
Rotary Club of Northville President Patrick Giesa met with Diane
Pittaway at Rotary Park to discuss fall maintenance.
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