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Detroit and Farmington Michigan Folk Might Enjoy Metroparks Coffee Table Guide

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Folk from Detroit, especially our pals in Farmington, might enjoy a book mentioned in the Farmington newspaper (not sure of the name but perhaps it's called HometownLife?). As the article states...

In 1934, Henry S. Curtis and Harlow O. Whittemore, working independently and then together, laid the groundwork for what would become one of the most innovative, well-managed and diverse park systems in the country...

I don't know much about the subject but it seems wonderful to me that before the LegoLand Villages arrived, someone was thinking and doing something about preserving green space for humanity (and animalanity for that matter). If you're near Detroit you probably know that...

The 13 Metroparks form a green necklace around metro Detroit, beginning in the northeast with Metro Beach Metropark on the shores of Lake St. Clair and working around through parks in Macomb, Oakland, Livingston, Washtenaw and Wayne counties to the southeast with Lake Erie Metropark, where Lake Erie narrows into the Detroit River.

We'd all like to know more, so if you're out there knowing about this, please join and share. Is it really that good? How about the book?

The article to which I refer is Colorful Metroparks book tells the story of special places and the book to which it refers is Metroparks for the People by Cynthia Furlong Reynolds (29.95 hardcover or $24.95 softcover at most Metroparks and the HCMA administrative office).


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Yes Blake - we do most of

Yes Blake - we do most of our skating/training in the metroparks because they offer miles of uninterupted trails. The most popular for skating are Willow, Lower Huron, Oakwood and Kensington. The first three link together with connector paths to form a 26 mile out and back loop which is our usual Sunday morning route.

Vicki, in particular, has been involved in fundraising efforts for more connectors to join parks together and also connect to local communities. There is a grand overall plan to link them all but this would require considerable effort so for now we just enjoy what we have.

I will check out the book that you mention - we of course have our own names for particular sections "the hill that's not a hill", Trash hill (built on an old landfill) etc.

It is easy to become complacent that we have these parks when you skate the same one three times a week all summer, but there really is something to see each time.



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Get a Loada That Landfill Air!

Landfills and trash heap areas seem to provide very steep hills. I think the Apex, NC folks have their own version of one, and if I remember correctly, SkateyMark and Skart both said it was the steepest or most challenging hill they had to train on. I remember also skating a bike ride in NC somewhere 2 years ago (may have been Tour de Lions), and being challenged by an enragingly steep hill next to a dump. It was a real duck-walker, and stank in more ways than one.

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