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RECREATION/ENVIRONMENT

Allen Park

Parks and Recreation Department/Community Center: 15800 White Ave., 1-313-928-0771
Key Parks: Champaign Park, Champaign at Pelham.
Champaign Park offers picnic shelters, handicapped-accessible restrooms, an in-line skating rink and playground equipment. The city has 14 parks, seven tot lots, 16 baseball fields, three outdoor basketball courts, 12 tennis courts and seven soccer fields.
Cunningham Park (Pinecrest at Southfield) and Rotary/Les Millward Park (off Reeck Road north of Goddard Road) also offer picnic shelters, restrooms that are handicapped accessible and playground equipment. The Community Center includes a fitness center and the Frank J. Lada Civic Arena.

Brownstown Township

Parks and Recreation Department/Community Center: 21311 Telegraph Road, 1-734-675-0920
Key Parks: Thorn Park, Telegraph at King roads
Thorn Park has a shelter, baseball diamonds, a picnic area and playground equipment.

Dearborn

Recreation Department: 15801 Michigan Ave., 1-313-943-2350
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center: The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., offers two theaters, an art gallery, cultural and senior activities, an indoor pool, a fitness center, fitness classes, a gymnasium and a climbing wall.
The city has 40 parks. The biggest are Levagood Park, Wilson at Silvery Lane; Ford Field, 22051 Cherry Hill; Crowley Park, Oxford at Westwood; Ford Woods Park, Ford at Greenfield roads; Hemlock Park, Hemlock Street east of Schaefer; and Lapeer Park, Wyoming at Lapeer. The city also has several outdoor pools. The biggest are at Ford Woods and Levagood parks.
The Dearborn Ice Skating Center, 14900 Ford Road, has two rinks; 1-313-943-4098. Robert Herndon's Dearborn Hills Golf Course is at 1300 S. Telegraph Road; 1-313-563-4653.
Camp Dearborn: 1700 General Motors Road, Milford Township; 1-248-684-6000; 1-313-943-2350; www.campdearborn.com. The 626-acre facility includes camping, picnic sites, a beach, fishing, hayrides, paddle boat rentals and Mystic Creek Golf Club & Banquet Center. Entry fees are per vehicle.
Mystic Creek Golf Club & Banquet Center: One Champions Circle, Milford Township; 1-248-684-3333; www.mysticcreekgolfclub.com; 27 holes.

Dearborn Heights

Parks and Recreation Department: Canfield Community Center, 1801 N. Beech Daly Road, 1-313-791-3600
Richard Young Recreation Center: 5400 McKinley, 1-313-277-7080
Key Parks: Parkland Park, Ann Arbor Trail west of Evergreen Road.
Parkland Park includes soccer and football fields, picnic areas, concessions and tennis courts. Central Park, 1801 N. Beech Daly, offers ball diamonds and tennis courts. Swapka-Powers Park, 5400 McKinley, includes tennis courts, a ball diamond and playground equipment. Van Houten Park, 6044 Silvery Lane, includes a large play structure, a walking track, a splash pad and an inline hockey rink. Canfield Ice Arena, 2100 Kinloch, is in Central Park.

Ecorse

Recreation Department: 1-313-598-4766
Key Parks: John Dingell Park, along West Jefferson Avenue at Southfield Road.
At the foot of Southfield Road is Dingell Park, which offers a boardwalk and fishing in the Detroit River. Soccer fields are available at Municipal Field. At Municipal Field, Pepper Road at Southfield, there are baseball diamonds.

Flat Rock

Recreation Department/Community Center: 1 Maguire St., 1-734-379-1450
Key Parks: Huroc Park, just west of Arsenal Road along the Huron River.
This 27.4-acre park is the city's largest, offering a gazebo overlooking the river, fishing (especially known for the steelhead), basketball courts, playground equipment, a covered foot bridge over the river and a 3/4-mile walking trail. Flat Rock Community Park, along Gibraltar Road just east of City Hall, offers a 13,000-square-foot play structure, softball fields, basketball and tennis courts, volleyball area, pavilion with grills, warming building and outdoor skating rink/fountain. The Munger General Store, which is headquarters to the Flat Rock Historical Society, also is in the park. Flat Rock Community Fields, which has four baseball/softball diamonds, is north of City Hall. The Flat Rock Community Center is surrounded by covered porches and decks that look out on woods and creeks. It houses a gymnasium, banquet facilities, multi-use rooms, a full-service kitchen, a day care center, a swimming pool, a fitness center, a track and many other features.

Gibraltar

Parks and Recreation Department: 29340 S. Gibraltar Road, 1-734-671-1466
Key Parks: Hy Dahlka Park, next to the community center.
Hy Dahlka Park offers basketball courts, ball diamonds, picnic area, a sled hill and playground equipment. City Hall Park, next to City Hall, offers playground equipment. The department has a children's Christmas party, and offers baseball, softball and a summer parks program. The Parks and Recreation Department is based at the Gil Talbert Community Center.

Grosse Ile Township

Recreation Department: 25215 West River Road, 1-734-675-2364
Key Parks: Water's Edge, 25215 West River Road, 1-734-675-0777 (golf course); Centennial Farm, Bellevue at Third streets; Airport Recreation Area, Meridian at Groh.
Water's Edge features a nine-hole golf course, driving range, marina, restaurant, outdoor pool, basketball court and a volleyball court. Centennial Farm is a 32-acre facility that includes an equestrian center, animal shelter, dog park, children's garden, play area, trails, an activity center and nature pond. Airport Recreation Area is home to the community sled hill and five soccer fields.

Huron Township

Key Parks: Lajko Park, Berlin Park.
Lajko Park, at Huron River Drive near West Road, has a picnic shelter and baseball diamonds. Berlin Park, which is on Sterling Street, offers playground equipment. Sportsman's Field is operated by the Huron Sportsmen's Association.

Lincoln Park

Parks and Recreation Department/Community Center: 3525 Dix-Toledo, 1-313-386-4075
Key Parks: Council Point Park, River Drive and Stewart; Youth Center Park, Dix and Gregory.
Council Point Park, the city's newest park, opened in 1995 and features an 8-foot-wide walking/biking path that approaches Ecorse Creek. The park includes a pavilion and a play structure with plenty of room for picnics.Two softball fields and two soccer fields also are within the park's 28 acres.Youth Center Park, the city's largest picnic park, features three large pavilions, electricity, restrooms, a pool, basketball courts, horseshoe pits and children's playground equipment. It is home to Lincoln Park Days. The community center has an ice rink.

Melvindale

Parks and Recreation Department/Civic Arena: 4300 S. Dearborn, 1-313-429-1089
Key Parks: Lankford Park, Palmer Street north of Outer Drive.
Lankford Park has a skate park, playground equipment, a track, a picnic shelter with handicapped-accessible restrooms and a fitness trail. The city has seven parks. It has one soccer field, three baseball fields and tennis courts.

River Rouge

Parks and Recreation Department: 1-313-842-4200
Key Parks: Belanger Park, on Belanger Park Drive off Marion.
This waterfront park offers a picnic area, shelter, playground equipment, fishing and a boat launch. It is one of two parks in the city. The other is Memorial Park at West Jefferson Avenue and East Great Lakes Street. It offers tennis and picnic facilities.

Riverview

Parks and Recreation Department: 14100 Civic Park Drive, 1-734-281-4219
Community Center: 14260 Sibley Road, 1-734-281-4219
Key Parks: Young Patriots Park.
Young Patriots Park is off Sibley Road, west of Fort Street. It is one of 14 community and neighborhood parks, which offer a wide range of facilities.

Riverview Highlands Golf Course: 15015 Sibley Road, 1-734-479-2266


Rockwood

Recreation Department: 32409 Fort Road, 1-734-379-9496
32001 Fort Road, 1-734-379-5600
Key Parks: Mercure Park, off Fort Road, next to the community center.
The 46.7-acre Mercure Park offers three picnic pavilions, two baseball fields, a tennis court, a volleyball court, playground equipment and a sled hill. It also has an in-line skating rink. Silver Creek Park, on Silver Creek Street near Lafler, has playground equipment.

Romulus

Romulus Athletic Center: 35765 North Line Road, 1-734-942-2223
Andy MacKay, general manager; www.romulusathleticcenter.com.

Southgate

Parks and Recreation Department/Civic Center: 14700 Reaume Parkway, 1-734-258-3035
Key Parks: Homer Howard Park, 14400 Dix-Toledo.
Homer Howard is the city's largest park, covering 25.3 acres behind the municipal complex. It comprises ball diamonds, tennis courts, batting cages and the ice arena. Other large parks are Kiwanis Park at the corner of Trenton Road and Leroy and Lions Park at Superior and Reaume Parkway. Southgate offers a variety of year-round recreational activities ranging from swimming in the summer to ice skating in the winter. Youth baseball, softball, soccer, golf, dance and other activities are available to people of all ages.

Southwinds Golf Course: 14600 Reaume Parkway; 1-734-258-3004

Taylor

Parks and Recreation Department: 22805 Goddard Road, 1-734-374-3906
Taylor Recreation Center: 22805 Goddard Road, 1-734-374-3901
Key Parks: Heritage Park, 12111 Pardee Road.
The park features 120 acres for recreation (including soccer and baseball fields, playgrounds and picnicking), a nature area and a nine-acre theme park with old-fashioned shops, a pier, a covered bridge, a train station, a water wheel, a one-room schoolhouse, a gazebo, a walking path and a nondenominational church. It is home of the Junior League World Series.

Heritage Park Petting Farm, 12803 Pardee Road, 1-734-374-5946
Heritage Park Activity Building, 12115 Pardee Road
Taylor Sportsplex, 13333 Telegraph Road, 1-734-374-8900
Lakes of Taylor Golf Club, 25505 North Line Road, 1-734-287-2100
Taylor Meadows Golf Club, 25360 Ecorse Road, 1-734-287-2100

Trenton

Parks and Recreation Department: 2800 Third St., 1-734-675-7300
The department oversees several city parks, including the waterfront Rotary Park; the Kennedy Recreation Center, featuring three ice arenas; the Kennedy Outdoor Aquatic Center; the Westfield Activities Center; the Emily Bridge Cultural Center; and year-round classes and activities.

Emily Bridge Cultural Center: 2427 Edsel
Kennedy Recreation Center: 3101 West Road
Teifer Community Building: 2911 William R
Trenton Village Theatre: 2447 W. Jefferson Ave.; 1-734-362-8153
Westfield Activities Center: 2700 Westfield; 1-734-675-0063

Woodhaven

Parks and Recreation Department: 23101 Hall Road, 1-734-675-4926
Key Parks: Civic Center Park on Hall Road, south of West Road.
At Civic Center Park, there are 100 acres of playground and picnic areas, in addition to a football field, basketball court, boccie ball courts, baseball/softball diamonds, an ice pond, a nature area, an asphalt walking path, a volleyball court and a picnic shelter. At Deerfield Park on Chipmunk Trail between King and West roads, there is a walking path, an ice pond and various climbing structures for children. Through the Parks and Recreation Department, there are various communitywide celebrations in addition to various senior activities, youth sports and family programs, which include exercise and craft programs.

Wyandotte

Recreation Department: 3131 Third St., 1-734-324-7290
Key Parks: Bishop Park, on Van Alstyne between Chestnut and Vinewood, along the Detroit River.
Bishop Park offers picnic areas, two picnic shelters, restrooms/concessions, playground equipment, a fishing dock and a view of the Detroit River. The park is one of 16 in the city. In the summer, there are supervised programs at the other neighborhood parks. BASF Waterfront Park and Wyandotte Shores Golf Course add to the city's recreational offerings. The Yack Recreation Center is home to the Wyandotte Figure Skating Club, the Wyandotte Warriors Hockey Association and the Roosevelt High School hockey team.

Yack Recreation Center, 3131 Third St., 1-734-324-7292
Wyandotte Boat Ramp, 711 Biddle Ave., 1-734-284-6774
Wyandotte Shores Golf Course, 3625 Biddle Ave., 1-734-324-7270


Golf

GOLF COURSES/DRIVING RANGES

Dearborn Country Club
Type: Private. Address: 800 N. Military, Dearborn. Telephone number: 1-313-561-4433. Website: www.dearborncountryclub.net. Holes: 18.

Gateway Golf Club
Type: Public. Address: 33290 Gateway Drive, Romulus. Telephone number: 1-734-721-4100. Website: www.gatewaygolfclub.org. Holes: 18.

Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club
Type: Private. Address: 9339 Bellevue, Grosse Ile. Telephone number: 1-734-676-1166. Website: www.gigcc.com. Holes: 18.

Lake Erie Metropark Golf Course
Type: Public. Address: 14700 Lee Road, Brownstown Township. Telephone number: 1-734-379-0048. Website: www.metroparks.com. Holes: 18.

Lakes of Taylor Golf Club
Type: Public. Address: 25505 North Line Road, Taylor. Telephone number: 1-734-287-2100. Website: www.taylorgolf.com/lakes. Holes: 18.

Midway Sports and Entertainment
Type: Driving range, miniature golf, other activities. Address: 22381 Van Born Road, Taylor. Telephone number: 1-313-277-9156. Website: www.midwaysportsent.com. Holes: 36.

Riverview Highlands Golf Course
Type: Public. Address: 15015 Sibley Road, Riverview. Telephone number: 1-734-479-2266. Website: www.riverviewhighlands.com. Holes: 27.

Robert Herndon's Dearborn Hills Golf Course
Type: Public. Address: 1300 S. Telegraph Road, Dearborn. Telephone number: 1-313-563-4653. Website: www.dearbornhills.com. Holes: 18.

Southwinds Golf Course
Type: Public. Address: 14600 Reaume Parkway, Southgate. Telephone number: 1-734-258-3004. Website: www.southgatemi.org. Holes: 18.

Sultana Par 3 Golf Course
Type: Public. Address: 22201 Pennsylvania Road, Brownstown Township. Telephone number: 1-734-285-7480. Holes: 18.

Taylor Meadows Golf Club
Type: Public. Address: 25360 Ecorse Road, Taylor. Telephone number: 1-734-287-2100. Website: www.taylorgolf.com/meadows. Holes: 18.

Tournament Players Club of Michigan
Type: Private. Address: 1 Nicklaus Drive, Dearborn. Telephone number: 1-313-436-3000. Website: www.tpcmichigan.com. Holes: 18.

Warren Valley Golf & Banquet Center
Type: Public. Address: 26116 W. Warren Ave., Dearborn Heights. Telephone number: 1-313-561-1040. Website: www.warrenvalleygolf.com. Holes: 36.

Water’s Edge Golf Course
Type: Public. Address: 25215 West River Road, Grosse Ile. Telephone number: 1-734-675-0777. Website: www.grosseile.com. Holes: 9.

West Shore Golf and Country Club
Type: Private. Address: 22843 West River Road, Grosse Ile. Telephone number: 1-734-676-0330. Website: www.golfwestshore.com. Holes: 18.

Willow Metropark Golf Course
Type: Public. Address: 22900 Huron River Drive, Huron Township. Telephone number: 1-734-753-4040. Website: www.metroparks.com. Holes: 18.

Woodside Meadows Golf Course
Type: Public. Address: 20820 Inkster Road, Huron Township. Telephone number: 1-734-782-5136. Holes: 18.

Wyandotte Shores Golf Course
Type: Public. Address: 3625 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte. Telephone number: 1-734-324-7270. Website: www.wyandotte.net. Holes: 9.



GREENWAYS INITIATIVE

Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative
Mary Bohling and Anita Twardesky, co-chairwomen
www.downrivergreenways.org

The Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative is a regional nonmotorized pathway vision. It is envisioned that this regional pathway system will connect 21 communities in Wayne and Monroe counties through a network of trails and greenways, and will feed and link into a rapidly forming regional and statewide system of greenways. The system consists of four primary segments: North-South Connector, Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority/East-West Connector, I-275 Trail System and Monroe/Lake Erie Trails. In addition to these four primary segments, the Downriver Linked Greenways will make connections north to Detroit along the Detroit River, west along the Rouge Gateway Greenway and Hines Parkway leading to Ann Arbor, and along adjacent waterways through the Detroit Heritage River Water Trail, connecting the local parks to the emerging regional and statewide network.



METROPARKS


The Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority operates 13 parks throughout a five-county area, including four Downriver — Lake Erie, Oakwoods, Willow and Lower Huron metroparks.

Here’s a look at the metroparks:

Administrative office — Address: 13000 High Ridge Drive, Brighton, MI 48114. Telephone number: 1-800-477-2757. Website: www.Metroparks.com. Golf course telephone number: 1-800-23-GOLF-4.

Metropark entry fees — Daily: $5 vehicles; $5 boat launching. Annual vehicle passes: $25; $15 for senior citizens (ages 62 and older). Annual boat launching passes: $30; $15 for senior citizens. Of note: Annual passes can be purchased at metropark offices. Corporate discounts are available.



METROPARKS DOWNRIVER


Lake Erie Metropark — Address: 32481 W. Jefferson Ave., Brownstown Township, MI 48173. Telephone numbers: 1-734-379-5020; 1-800-477-3189. Entry points: Park entrance is on the east side of West Jefferson, just north of Huron River Drive; golf course/marina entrances are on Lee Road, east of West Jefferson. Highlights: 18-hole golf course; marina; boat launch; wave pool; nature study area; Marshlands Museum and Nature Center; fishing along Lake Erie; ice fishing; basketball, tennis and volleyball courts; picnic shelters; sledding hill; children’s play area; hiking and cross country ski trails. Of note: Hawkfest is in late September, and the park is one of North America’s premier sites for watching more than 300 species of birds, including hawks and bald eagles. It is along a migratory bird flyway.


Oakwoods Metropark — Mailing address: 17845 Savage Road, Belleville, MI 48111. Telephone numbers: 1-734-782-3956; 1-800-477-3182. Entry point: On the south side of Willow Road, between Huron River Drive and Romine Road, Huron Township. Highlights: Nature center, nature study area, horse trail, three-mile hike-bike trail, voyageur canoe programs, fishing along the Huron River, picnic shelters.


Willow Metropark — Mailing address: 17845 Savage Road, Belleville, MI 48111. Telephone numbers: 1-734-697-9181; 1-800-477-3182. Entry points: On the north side of Willow Road, between Romine Road and I-275; off South Huron Road, just east of I-275; For the golf course, on the west side of Huron River Drive, just north of West Road. All entry points are in Huron Township. Highlights: 18-hole golf course; 24-hole disc golf course; 4.5-mile hike-bike trail; bicycle rentals; picnic areas; Olympic-size swimming pool; summer entertainment area; tot lot; skate park; sledding and tobogganing hills; groomed cross country ski trails; fishing on the Huron River and Washago Pond; ice fishing/ice skating/hockey on the pond; paddleboat and rowboat rentals; picnic shelters; basketball, tennis and shuffleboard courts. Of note: The Chestnut Picnic Area, in the park’s southeast corner, is one of Downriver’s premier high school cross country courses, covering five kilometers (3.1 miles).


Lower Huron Metropark — Mailing address: 17845 Savage Road, Belleville, MI 48111. Telephone numbers: 1-734-697-9181; 1-800-477-3182. Entry points: Off Waltz Road, north of Judd Road; Bemis at Savage roads; Haggerty Road at Huron River Drive, south of I-94. Highlights: 18-hole golf course; pool with slides; hike-bike trails; self-guided nature trails; skating ponds; camping; canoeing; basketball, volleyball and tennis courts; picnic shelters; cross country skiing; shoreline fishing on the Huron River. Of note: Lower Huron is in three townships: Huron, Sumpter and Van Buren.



METROPARKS OTHER


Lake St. Clair, near Mount Clemens


Wolcott Mill, near Romeo


Stony Creek, near Rochester Hills


Indian Springs, near Clarkston


Huron Meadows and Kensington, near Brighton


Hudson Mills, Dexter-Huron and Delhi, near Dexter



WAYNE COUNTY PARKS

Administration
1-734-261-1990
www.waynecounty.com/dps/dps_parks.htm



Elizabeth Park

Where: The entrance is off West Jefferson Avenue, one block south of West Road, Trenton. The park road is a loop.

Amenities: More than 1,300 feet of frontage for fishing and other activities along the Detroit River’s Trenton Channel, shelter building, pony rides, picnic areas, gazebos, concession building, play structure, tennis courts, ball diamond, ice skating rink, tourist lodge.

Among the special events: Somewhere in Time; the Trenton Rotary’s Roar on the River; concerts, including Jazz on the River; movies; Kids Kaleidoscope; scholastic cross country meets.

History: In October 1919, Elizabeth Slocum’s children bequeathed the 162-acre family estate to the Wayne County park trustees. It was the first Wayne County-owned park.

Elizabeth Park Marina/Boat Launch

What: Four launching and loading wells; 52-slip mooring facility; utility hookup; pump station; shower facility.

Where: 203 Grosse Ile Parkway, Trenton.

When: Open 24 hours a day from April 1 to Oct. 31.

Telephone number: 1-734-675-8051.

Hines Parkway

Hines Parkway is a flood basin of the Middle Rouge River. Edward Hines Drive winds for more than 15 miles from Dearborn to Northville. There are soccer fields, baseball diamonds, play structures, picnic areas, open fields, paved and dirt bike trails and barbecue grills. It also is home to the Wayne County Lightfest during the holiday season. Recreation areas in Dearborn Heights are Helm's Haven, Nolar Bend, Parkland, Parr, Wallaceville and Warrendale.



WILDLIFE

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Large Lakes Research Station
John Hartig, refuge manager
9311 Groh Road
Grosse Ile, MI 48138
1-734-365-0219
www.fws.gov/refuge/detroit_river

Under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the refuge is the only international wildlife refuge in North America. It includes islands, coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals and waterfront land along 48 miles of the Detroit River and the western Lake Erie shoreline.

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge-Humbug Marsh Unit
5437 W. Jefferson Ave.
Trenton, MI 48183
www.fws.gov/refuge/detroit_river

Humbug Marsh is 410 acres along West Jefferson Avenue near Vreeland Road in Trenton and Gibraltar. It contains the last mile of undeveloped shoreline along the Detroit River. Humbug Marsh has an environmental education shelter, interpretive trails, a wetlands boardwalk, a bald eagle platform, two wildlife observation decks and a stream crossing. A refuge headquarters and visitors center are under construction.

Pointe Mouillee State Game Area
37205 Mouillee Road, Route 2
Rockwood, MI 48173
1-734-379-9692
www.michigan.gov/dnr

Pointe Mouillee, a 4,000-acre freshwater marsh, extends into Lake Erie near the mouth of the Huron River, and is in Wayne and Monroe counties. It's under the jurisdiction of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and also includes Celeron and Stoney islands. There is an annual waterfowl festival. There is a boat ramp, and visitors can hike, fish and hunt (in season and in certain areas).

University of Michigan-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
1-313-593-5338
eic@umd.umich.edu
www.umd.umich.edu/eic

The center is the gateway to the 300-acre Environmental Study Area available to university students, school groups and the public. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. The Rouge River Bird Observatory, established in 1992, is part of the center. Its website is www.rrbo.org and its telephone number is 1-313-583-6373.



YMCA

Downriver Family YMCA
Jeff McIntyre, executive director
16777 North Line Road
Southgate, MI 48195
1-734-282-9622
www.ymcadetroit.org/downriver

The facility encompasses about 54,000 square feet and includes an indoor pool with a water slide and sauna, an outdoor splash park, an elevated track and fitness area, a gymnasium, a climbing wall, day camps, numerous physical fitness programs, meeting rooms and a cafe.



 


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