2022 Community Guide issue - LIFESTYLE 4 Birmingham Bloomfield

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Wayne County Parks

An integral part of the term “rest and relaxation” since 1919, the Wayne County Parks Division has been caring for and constantly improving these priceless investments. There are more than 7,500 acres devoted to recreation (including two golf courses) and 391 miles of streams and rivers. For more information call (734) 261-1990, www.waynecounty.com.

Bell Creek Recreation Area – Redford Township, corner of 5 Mile Road and Inkster

Road, (734) 261-1990. These scenic 62 acres along the banks of the Rouge River include soccer fields, ball diamonds and tennis courts. Also shows movies and hosts concerts.

Crosswinds Marsh Wetlands Preserve – 27600 Haggerty Road, Sumpter, between

Will Carleton and Willow Roads. (734) 654-1220. This is an interpretive park, education, and fun all in one! Open year round there are trails for horseback riding, cross-country skiing or walking. A 40-foot observation tower and campgrounds are also on the property.

Elizabeth Park – East of I-75 off W. Jefferson and Van Horn Road, Trenton. The first

county park in Michigan! This park offers 162 acres of fun including softball, biking, inline skating and ice skating venues. There is a Victorian shelter and wedding gazebo perfect for parties. The park’s Detroit River shoreline (1,300 feet) allows for a 52-slip marina (open April 1 - October 31) and boat launch. Jazz concerts and kids programs are featured. “Chateau on the River” party venue located here.

Hines Parkway – The parkway runs 17 miles and includes over 20 individual parks

Lower Rouge Parkway – Along the banks of the Rouge River, (734) 261-1990. Three

in its path from Northville (entrance off 7 Mile Road between Sheldon and Northville Roads) to the southeast end of Dearborn Heights (entrance off Ford Road between Outer Drive and Evergreen). There is a paved pathway for biking, hiking or rollerblading and many places to picnic in the various parks along the way. (Go to www.waynecounty.com/parks for information on the individual parks accessible along the parkway, each with unique amenities.)

different parks are featured here… Colonial Park at Inkster and Colonial Roads has baseball, soccer and picnic areas. Inkster Recreation Area in downtown Inkster has a great playscape, ball diamond and picnicking. Venoy-Dorsey Recreation Area has baseball diamonds available, call to reserve.

Inkster Valley Golf Course – 2150 Middlebelt Road, quarter mile north of Michigan

(313) 822-7665. Splish Splash Land includes a wave pool, two giant water slides and a concession area. We dare you to stay dry!

Avenue, Inkster, (734) 722-8020. This 18-hole, par 72 championship course opened in 1990 and uses 100 acres of wetlands in its natural setting. There is a clubhouse and advanced reservations are necessary.

Lola Valley Park – Beech Daly and Puritan Road, Redford Township, (734) 261-1990. Located along the banks of the Lola Valley Creek, the slopes are perfect for sledding in the winter. Summer weather allows perfect conditions for the disc golf course to be enjoyed.

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

9311 Groh Rd., Grosse Ile 48138 • www.fws.gov This international refuge is the first and only refuge in North America managed by both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Located in the heart of a major metropolitan area the refuge consists of coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals, islands and waterfront parks stretching for 48 miles along the Detroit River and western Lake Erie shoreline. Humbug Marsh is a hot spot for fish spawning and is classified internationally as important to threatened and endangered wildlife species.

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Wayne County Family Aquatic Center – 12600 Chandler Park Drive, Detroit,

William P. Holliday Forest & Wildlife Preserve – Along the Tonquish Creek in

the northeast part of the county, it encompasses 550 acres with the land left in its natural state. There are woods, wetlands and meadows to explore with over ten miles of hiking trails. (Check out www.co.wayne.mi.us/dps for more information.)