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Parks

Birmingham Bloomfield benefits from being part of the Metro Detroit area, which is unique from most metropolitan areas becauseof the abundance of parkland, conservation and recreation areas available to its residents. From local community parks, to county,regional and state parks and recreational areas there are tens of thousands of acres for hiking, biking, horseback riding, huntingor just walking your dog. There are hundreds of lakes, rivers, streams and reservoirs for boating, fishing, canoeing and kayaking.With all these options available it’s easy to see Birmingham Bloomfield sits in the middle of a recreational and conservation paradise.Take time to check out the opportunities for day adventures or weekend getaways. Summer or Winter – the parks are there foryour enjoyment. Here are some of the parks that serve the area. Take advantage!

Huron-Clinton Metroparks The Huron-Clinton Metroparks, one of the nation’s largest regional park systems, offer more than 25,000 acres of pristine parklands in 13 Metroparks located across Southeast Michigan (Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston and Washtenaw counties). Head to the Huron-Clinton Metroparks for year-round outdoor recreation. The Metroparks host 9 million visitors each year! Call (810) 227-2757 or visit online at www.metroparks.com.

Hudson Mills Metropark (1,549 acres) near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Along the Huron

Wolcott Mill Metropark (2,625 acres) in Ray Township west of New Haven.

Dexter-Huron Metropark (122 acres) near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Picnic-playground

Historic grist mill and Farm Learning Center; tours available. 18-hole regulation golf course. 10 miles of equestrian trails. Open daily. (586) 752-5932 (farm).

Lake St. Clair Metropark (770 acres) In Harrison Township. Large sandy beach along Lake St. Clair for swimming and sunning. “Squirt Zone” spray park, swimming pool, boardwalk, paved hike/bike trail, boat ramps and marinas along the Black Creek. Par 3 18-hole and Adventure golf courses, exercise “fit-trail,” picnic areas, open-air dance pavilion, tot lot, and nature study area. Naturalist-guided nature hikes. Ice skating and cross-country skiing in winter. (586) 463-4581

Stony Creek Metropark (4,461 acres) in W. Shelby Township. Scenic, hilly countryside surrounds 500-acre Stony Creek Lake, perfect for swimmers, anglers and boaters. Two beaches, boat rentals, paved bike-hike trail, exercise “fit-trail,” 18-hole regulation golf course, 24-hole disc golf course, picnic-playground areas, nature center and nature trails, winter sports including tobogganing, sledding, ice fishing, ice skating and cross-country skiing. (586) 781-4242

Indian Springs Metropark (2,547 acres) in White Lake. Hilly terrain and swamp land at headwaters of the Huron River, with an Environmental Discovery Center, a large nature center and labeled nature trails, paved bike-hike trail and picnic areas. Naturalist guided nature hikes, underwater pond viewing room, special events and workshops, 18-hole regulation golf course, Spray-n-Play and tot lot. (248) 625-6640

Kensington Metropark (4,486 acres) near Milford. Wooded, hilly terrain surrounds the 1,200-acre Kent Lake ideal for fishing, boating and swimming. Paved bike-hike trail, picnic-playground areas, beaches, boat rentals, 18-hole regulation golf course, 27-hole disc golf course, Splash-n-Blast, nature center and trails. Visit the Kensington Farm Center and pet the animals. Enjoy a ride aboard the Island Queen II, a 46-passenger pontoon boat. And enjoy a full range of winter sports. (810) 227-8910

Huron Meadows Metropark (1,576 acres) south of Brighton. Paddle boats and rowboats, picnic areas, children’s playground, fishing pier on Maltby Lake. 18-hole regulation golf course, driving range. Cross-country ski trails and equipment rentals in the winter. Boat rental. (734) 426-8211

Genesee County Parks Buell Lake County Park, 14098 Genesee Road, Clio. 213 acres includes baseball diamonds, fishing site, snowmobile area and radio controlled model airplane field. Davison Roadside County Park, Davison and Belsay Roads, Burton. Offerspicnic area and sledding hill on four acres. Everett Cummings (Equestrian) Center at 6130 E. Mt. Morris Rd. in Morris Flushing County Park, 4417 N. McKinley Road, Flushing. Covering 105 acres with ball diamonds, tennis courts, cross-country skiing, playground and pavilions. Genesee Recreation Area is 4,540 acres including 600 acre Mott Lake and Richfield County Park (345 acres) offering baseball diamonds, BMX motor track, canoeing on the Flint River, tennis courts, cross-country trails, snowmobiling

River with scenic wooded areas, paved bike-hike and nature trails, picnic-playground areas, 18-hole regulation golf course, shore fishing, canoeing and scenic lagoon. Facilities include tennis, basketball, shuffleboard and volleyball courts plus a softball diamond near the Outdoor Activity Building. Cross-country skiing with rentals in winter. Two 24-hole disc golf courses. (734) 426-8211 park along the Huron River, canoe launch, fishing, play equipment and softball diamond. (734) 426-8211

Delhi Metropark (81 acres) near Dexter/Ann Arbor. Colorful Delhi rapids, picnicplayground park along the Huron River with tables, play equipment and softball diamond, children’s playground and adventure ship. (734) 426-8211

Lower Huron Metropark (1,258 acres) near Belleville. Scenic park along the HuronRiver with a parkway, picnic areas, playfields, fishing, Par 3 18-hole golf course, playscape for tots, tennis courts, softball diamonds, nature trails, swimming pool and water slide, food service and bathhouse. Colorful redbud in the spring. Plus beautiful fall colors. Bike-hike trail. (734) 697-9181

Willow Metropark (1,651 acres) near New Boston. Beautifully landscaped grounds surround the central plaza area, with swimming pool, bathhouse, food service, basketball, shuffleboard, softball, skate park, large tot lot, 18-hole regulation golf course, outdoor dance center, paved bike-hike trails. Boat rentals and fishing on Washago Pond. Sledding, ice skating and cross-country skiing in winter. (734) 697-9181

Oakwoods Metropark (1,756 acres) in New Boston. Primarily a nature oriented site with nature center, exhibits and live displays. Labeled nature trails for self-guided hikes and voyageur canoe trips to observe the wonders of nature. Horseback riding trail, paved bike-hike trail. Bring your own canoe/kayak. (734) 782-3956

Lake Erie Metropark (1,607 acres) near Brownstown Township near Gibraltar. Three miles of shoreline along Lake Erie provide a panoramic view. Shore fishing, wave-action swimming pool, bathhouse, food service building, picnic areas, shelter, children’s play area and marina. Cross-country skiing and ice fishing in winter. 18-hole regulation golf course. Marshland Museum and Nature Center, nature trails. Thre mile pave hike/bike trail. (734) 379-5020

and picnic areas. Bluegill Boat Launch, Bluebell Beach, Splash Pad Playground and Goldenrod Disc Golf Course are also within the recreation area. Holloway Reservoir Regional Park in Linden includes the 1,975 acre reservoir in its 5,500 total acres. The Elba Equestrian Area is located here along with Walleye Pike Boat Launch, fishing sites, toboggan hill and snowmobile areas.

Linden County Park, 15349 S. Linden Road, Linden. 135 acres with ball diamonds, tennis courts, a beach on Byram Lake, sledding hill, pavilions and picnic areas. Stepping Stone Falls and Picnic Area, 5161 Branch Rd., Flint. Waterfalls, picnictables and access to Flint River bike path. For information, call Genesee County Parks at 800-648-7275 or visit online at www.geneseecountyparks.org

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