Delhi Metropark

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Delhi Metropark
Delhi metropark delhi bridge.JPG
View of Delhi Bridge
Delhi Metropark is located in Huron-Clinton Metroparks
Delhi Metropark
Location within metro Detroit
Type Regional park
Location Lower Peninsula, Washtenaw County, Michigan USA
Coordinates 42°19′50.51″N 83°48′29.43″W / 42.3306972°N 83.8081750°W / 42.3306972; -83.8081750Coordinates: 42°19′50.51″N 83°48′29.43″W / 42.3306972°N 83.8081750°W / 42.3306972; -83.8081750
Area 81 acres (33 ha)
Operated by Huron–Clinton Metroparks
Open Year round
Website Official site

Delhi Metropark is a park in the Huron-Clinton system of metro parks. It is a 81-acre (330,000 m2) park on the Huron River located five miles (8 km) northwest of Ann Arbor. It has picnic areas, two picnic shelters, swings and slides, river fishing, canoe rental and softball diamonds. A children's playground features an adventure playship, ride-on toys and swings. A Metropark daily or annual vehicle permit is required for entry to the park. The park will eventually be linked to Dexter-Huron Metropark and Hudson Mills Metropark via the Border-to-Border Trail. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

Children's play area 
Picnic area 


In 1835, there was a sawmill located on the Huron River at this site. That year, Norman Gooddale purchased the mill for $50 and added a flour mill to the site. Jacob Doremus platted a village adjacent to the mill in 1836 named Michigan Village, although the name was changed to Delhi shortly afterward. In 1842, Gooddale acquired all of the unsold lots. His son Frank expanded the mill, shipping flour to New England and employing 20 people; in 1880, Delhi Mills shipped 41,000 barrels of flour on the Michigan Central Railroad.[6] In 1883, Delhi had 2 flour mills, a woolen mill and a saw mill, taking power from a dam 150 feet long with a 7-foot head and producing 140 horsepower when all mills run at once.[7]

Today's Delhi Rapids is the remains of the collapsed mill dam that once powered Delhi Mills.

In May 2015, a historic event happened at Delhi Metropark. At (Ann Arbor public schools) Community High School's annual field day, the Stapleton forum dominated and won beating out all the lesser forums after coming short to the late Tchsinsky forum in 2014. The Stapleton forum (easily) defeated the competition (especially the Keily forum) in the competitive Tug-O-War. Some people said after it happened that if Tug-O-War was still an Olympic of event, the Stapleton forum would easily have a gold medal in the event. Then they succeeded again, winning Tug-O-War in 2016. Against the Keily forum yet again. In 2016 the Keily forum did put up a fight but still got dragged by the Stapleton forum. Quite liaterally, the Stapleton forum kept going, dragging the Keily forum far after they clearly had won. Most were able to let go, except for the anchor who was unfortunately stuck in the loop at the end of the rope. This ensued even more harsh comments towards the "Staple-Win" forum, including hysterical staff yelling "drop the rope!"


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  6. ^ Scio Township, History of Washtenaw County, Michigan, Vol 2, Charles C, Chapman, 1881; pages 828, 844, 849-853.
  7. ^ James L. Greenleaf, Report on the Water-Powers of the Drainage Basins of Lakes Huron and Erie, Eastern Drainage Area of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, Huron River, Description of Developed Power, in Water Power of the United States, Part I Department of the Interior, Census Office, GPO, Washington, 1885; page 494.

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