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New Adaptive Paddling Equipment Available at Kensington and Stony Creek Metroparks Thanks to MParks Grant

  • August 19, 2021

In 2020, we received a Healthy Recreation Catalyst Award from the Michigan Recreation and Park Association to purchase adaptive paddling equipment for the Metroparks. Thanks to this grant we now have adaptive paddling equipment available at both Kensington and Stony Creek Metroparks’ boat rental facilities. Found at both parks are adaptive paddles and wrist and hand adaptations for oars that are free to use with any boat rental. The VERSA paddle features a support mount with a centralized, rotating head…

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Metroparks to Establish a Physical Presence in Detroit as Part of Partnership with Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

  • August 18, 2021

In November 2020 The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Huron-Clinton Metroparks announced a multi-year, pilot partnership that focuses on widening access to new programs and recreation for city and suburban families, and leverages the world-class parks, greenways and public spaces managed by the two organizations. Through the partnership, Metroparks will establish a physical presence in Detroit and contribute $6 million over seven years to the Conservancy for expanded programs and operations at the future Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park on…

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Huron-Clinton Metroparks Seeks Public Input to Guide New Regional Water Safety Initiative

  • July 12, 2021

Working with nationally recognized consultant and partners, Metroparks seeks to create a regional swim program to address alarming water safety statistics. First step is asking for responses on a regional survey. Drowning is among the top three causes of unintentional death for persons 29 years old and younger[1]. 79 percent of children in households with annual incomes less than $50,000 do not know how to swim[2] and studies have shown that 70 percent of Detroit children have little to no…

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Free swim lessons, water safety education coming to City of Detroit

  • July 1, 2021

In a united effort to expand free swim lessons and increase water safety among Detroit youth, a new program was collaboratively launched by the City of Detroit’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Huron-Clinton Metroparks and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. The Swim in the D initiative kicks off this summer with a preliminary goal of teaching more than 500 Detroit children to swim and to help them become more confident and safer in and around the water. Studies have shown that…

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Local Juneteenth Celebrations

  • June 16, 2021

Many local organizations all across Southeastern Michigan hold their own Juneteenth celebrations every summer. We’ve compiled a guide of celebrations happening this weekend all around your Metroparks. Click on the links below to learn more about the events. WAYNE COUNTY Metro Detroit Juneteenth Celebrations:https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/local/2021/06/01/juneteenth-in-metro-detroit-check-list-of-events-here/ Juneteenth Jubilee Stroll on the Historic Avenue of Fashion: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/juneteenth-jubilee-stroll-on-the-historic-avenue-of-fashion-tickets-141540201553 Harper Woods Celebration: https://www.candgnews.com/news/harper-woods-to-host-juneteenth-celebration-120698 List of more celebrations in Detroit: https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CAFC_enUS936US936&sxsrf=ALeKk01hZA6guENZH__ep2WSEQ699dyTZA:1622035419885&lei=20uuYNnRNc_RtQaMx7GoCg&q=juneteenth+detroit+2021&biw=1536&bih=754&ibp=htl;events&rciv=evn&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjsg-vCuefwAhVMVc0KHX5WDboQ5bwDMAB6BAgIEAE#fpstate=tldetail&htidocid=L2F1dGhvcml0eS9ob3Jpem9uL2NsdXN0ZXJlZF9ldmVudC8yMDIxLTA2LTE5fDE1NDQ5Mjc4NjM4MDg0NTY0OQ%3D%3D&htivrt=events&mid=/g/11px3zcv7z WASHTENAW COUNTY Buy Black Juneteenth Pop-Up Shop: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/buy-black-juneteenth-pop-up-shop-tickets-153625914245 OAKLAND COUNTY Juneteenth Family Reunion - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/juneteenth-family-reunion-tickets-153093038399…

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Grant Funding Provides Your Metroparks the Opportunity for a Trail Connections Feasibility Study in Livingston County

  • June 7, 2021

Endowed funds at the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan are designed to grow over time and provide funding in perpetuity for charitable causes according to a donor’s wishes. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation established endowment funds at the Community Foundation to provide support to issue areas that were important to Mr. Wilson during his lifetime: Caregiving, Design and Access, Youth Sports, and the Grosse Pointe community. “The innovative programs in the areas supported by the Wilson Legacy Funds are…

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Grant Funds Provide Habitat Restoration & Resiliency of the Huron River Floodplain in Willow Metropark

  • June 7, 2021

Your Metroparks are excited to announce we are the recipients of a $250,000 National Fish & Wildlife Foundation grant. This grant will be used for habitat restoration and resiliency of the Huron River floodplain in the Big Bend area of Willow Metropark. The project will improve habitat complexity, biodiversity, and connectivity. Nearly eight acres of habitat will be created and improved. This includes the expansion of a native prairie tract, creation of 12 new river habitat structures, restoration of a…

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MDHHS partners with Huron-Clinton Metroparks to offer no cost, drive-thru COVID-19 testing

  • May 10, 2021

Lake St. Clair Metropark in Macomb County to pilot testing program May 14-15 to help reach more Michiganders. To help expand COVID-19 testing in unique ways, advance public health and mitigate the spread of the virus, the Huron-Clinton Metroparks and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will offer free, drive-thru rapid tests at Lake St. Clair Metropark in mid-May. The no-cost rapid antigen tests will be offered Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to noon…

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Public Input Needed – Help us Connect Public Transit to the Metroparks

  • May 7, 2021

Currently public transit does not connect to any Huron-Clinton Metroparks. Thanks to grant funding from SEMCOG, your Metroparks are putting together a public transit action plan, and we need to hear from you. We will be hosting a virtual meeting to gather feedback as part of an effort to encourage connecting public transit to Lake St. Clair Metropark. Watch the meeting recording if you weren’t able to join us. Can't Make it to the Meeting? You Can Still Help Us.…

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New Partnership Brings Improved Internet Access to Families in Southeast Michigan

  • March 25, 2021

Your Metroparks have teamed up with The Library Network and the Suburban Library Cooperative to form an exciting new pilot partnership that aims to provide equitable access to wi-fi hotspot service for students in southeast Michigan. In the best of times, inequitable access to the internet is a major problem in the region. The Covid-19 pandemic shined a light on this problem, as schools shut down and moved to remote learning. It was difficult for many to provide the necessary…

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