With their family home in Brighton, Brenden and his family would frequently take Jakey to Kensington Metropark to enjoy the trails and nature in the park. Brenden and Courtney determined that an accessible swing-set at Kensington Metropark, would provide many benefits to the community, while celebrating the life of Brenden’s brother. Working with the Metroparks Foundation, a location was selected within the park and a plan formulated to raise funds for the swings. Together, Brenden and Courtney organized a "Jogging for Jakey" 5K Run/Walk at Kensington, raising over $3,700 towards the swings. Several local organizations participated in the event through sponsorships and by contributing prizes.
By Nina Kelly, Manager of Planning
Since 2016, Huron-Clinton Metroparks planners have been working diligently to develop specific 10-year master plans for each park. The Board of Commissioners approved the Indian Springs plan at their regular January meeting, and staff will request approval of the Lake Erie plan in February. We encourage you to share your opinion on Willow and Oakwoods, as a joint planning process is currently underway for these two parks. Please visit the Planning Department page of the Metroparks website to answer a short survey and get details on upcoming public meetings!
Also new on the Planning Department page is the 2018-2022 Huron-Clinton Metroparks Community Recreation Plan as adopted by the Board of Commissioners in September 2017 and approved this month by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Facilitated by the Planning Department in collaboration with graphic designers, maintenance staff, community building officials, County road commissions, and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Metroparks have been implementing a major wayfinding system overhaul and update. Join us to learn about successes and challenges of this project at a pre-conference session of the 2018 mParks Conference & Trade Show in Detroit in early February.