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Beautify Brighton: The Millpond

Millpond Band Shell and Amphitheater Project


The City of Brighton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has revised the plan for the redevelopment of the Brighton Millpond Band Shell and Amphitheater after feedback from the July 17 Planning Commission meeting and public input.  The main concern was the removal of trees from the site. Staff and DDA consultants have worked to address the concerns and presented the new plan at the August 15 DDA meeting and August 21 Planning Commission meeting.  

The City of Brighton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has submitted a revised site plan for the redevelopment of the Brighton Millpond Band Shell and Amphitheater. The updated site plan will be reviewed for approval by the Planning Commission on September 18 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. The proposed redevelopment includes replacing the existing pavilion with a new band shell, stage and seating area along with adding five large caliper shade trees, a grassy hillside, native landscaping, and a revised color scheme featuring a natural aesthetic. If you have any questions about the proposed site plan, please contact Brandon Skopek at


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.  The Millpond Restoration project is part of the larger "Beautify Brighton" initiative.

Become a Millpond Restoration Volunteer

The City of Brighton plans to restore the Millpond to its former glory through a series of volunteer cleanups. Volunteers will give the Millpond the much needed attention it deserves by removing litter, clearing brush, weeds, and replanting the shoreline with native plants and wildflowers.  To stay informed about future Millpond Volunteer Days, join our Millpond Volunteer Mailing List.

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