Springfield Township Parks and Recreation, along with Oakland County Parks and Recreation, jointly treat the pond for nuisance aquatic weeds, however efforts to maintain the pond have become a “losing battle” over the years. In general, small dams tend to have negative ecological effects on a river system. Water quality is negatively impacted due to low oxygen conditions, nutrient and sediment build-up and proliferation of invasive species. Springfield Township Parks and Recreation had spent a great deal of staff time and funds to maintain the beach area for decades prior to its closure. In 2018, the Springfield Township Park Commission made the decision to close the beach due to infrequent use in recent years and the expense associated with the maintenance. The process of restoring the shoreline is underway.See links below and the Mill Pond Park Committee tab at left for more information.