Originally Posted by DTownDave22
I assume the Milliken family put some funding into the state park (and they changed the name of the park) because the article says it's the only urban state park in MI, but on Google Maps, it shows "Tricentennial State Park and Harbor" at 1900 Atwater.
The Milliken family did not. State Parks are often named after natural features (e.g. Porcupine Mtns) or people worthy of such a designation (e.g. Hoffmaster). They can be named after donors, but it takes a significant donation.
Milliken was honored for his environmental record as governor as well as his support for the city of Detroit and the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, the latter of which helped make this park possible.
Renaming Tri-Centennial made sense. Tri-Centennial was just a reference to Detroit's 300th birthday in 2001 and really not all that significant. Google's info is out of date.
The Stroh familiy did contribute a quarter million to the park for the Peter Stroh memorial within Milliken State Park. Stroh, besides being involved in the beer industry, was also a staunch conservationist.
Here's the resolution that made the renaming possible and includes some of Milliken's background:
RESOLUTION OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMISSION TO
RENAME THE TRI-CENTENNIAL STATE PARK AND HARBOR TO THE
WILLIAM G. MILLIKEN STATE PARK AND HARBOR
WHEREAS, William G. Milliken served as the 44th Governor of the State of Michigan from 1969-1983, spanning a total of fourteen years, the longest in this stateís history; and
WHEREAS, William G. Milliken, as Governor of the State of Michigan, was noted for education reform and urban policy development, and championed civil rights and environmental protection; and
WHEREAS, William G. Milliken played a significant role in developing the stateís revenue sharing program that helped urban areas like the City of Detroit during troubled economic times; and
WHEREAS, William G. Milliken advocated expansion of public access to Michiganís water resources, and investment of recreation resources into the stateís urban areas, particularly Detroit; and
WHEREAS, William G. Millikenís administration was noted for its conservation commitment and work for passage of the Environmental Protection Act, Wetlands Protection Act, Bottle Bill, Truth in Pollution Laws, Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Hazardous Waste Act and others; and
WHEREAS, William G. Milliken continued his service to the citizens of the State of Michigan by chairing the Center for the Great Lakes, which was devoted to protecting regional lake resources.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Michigan Natural Resources Commission hereby recognizes William G. Milliken for enhancing the quality of life of all Michigan residents and for his lifelong dedication to Michiganís natural resources.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Michigan Natural Resources Commission pays tribute to William G. Milliken by naming Michiganís 98th state park in his honor.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that effective October 1, 2009 in perpetuity, the
31-acre state park in downtown Detroit currently known as the Tri-Centennial State Park and Harbor be renamed the William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor.