Monday, March 11, 2013
Stony Creek Metropark has already started taking reservations for its summer and fall family-friendly camping weekends at Ridgewood Campground.
It may not be camping weather just yet, but Stony Creek Metropark isn't wasting any time in booking site reservations for its Ridgewood Campground. Located one mile from the park's Eastwood Beach, and two miles from the Nature Center, Ridgewood opened last summer and currently offers 45 "rustic campsites," of which two are handicap-accessible and four are primitive walk-in only. Two larger sites are also available that can accommodate larger groups with more tents or campers. Enjoying a positive response to last year's family-friendly camping weekends, the park is planning seven more of these special weekends this summer and fall. Stony Creek is currently booking site reservations for May 31-June 2, June 21-23, July 12-14, July 26-28, Aug…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Shelby Township and Stony Creek's 2013 Easter Egg Scrambles as well as Utica's Easter Egg Hunt are all March 23.
Hold on to your baskets, Shelby Township and Utica. This year's Shelby Township, Stony Creek and Utica Easter egg hunts are all scheduled for the same day. Shelby Township Parks & Recreation will host its free Easter Egg Scramble on March 23 at River Bends Park, 5700 22 Mile Rd. This event is open to Shelby Township and Utica residents. Ages 3-5 are welcome to scramble across the egg-hunting grounds starting at 1 p.m., with ages 6-10 starting at 2 p.m. Guests must supply their own basket and the Easter Bunny is scheduled to make an appearance as well, so be sure to bring your camera! This free event will be held rain or shine. Stony Creek Metropark will host its Egg Scramble on March 23 as well. The event starts at 1 p.m. at the Stony …
Friday, February 8, 2013
With a fresh coat of snow on the ground in Shelby Township and Utica, the obvious course of action is to grab your sled and head to Stony Creek.
Stony Creek Metropark is home to a variety of snow sports, including sledding, snowboarding and snowshoeing, to name a few. A $5 daily permit gets you in the park, while a $25 annual permit provides year-round entry. The park is open during the winter months from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check the park website for snow conditions. Sledding hills are located at the Gladeview and West Branch picnic areas. A toboggan hill is located at the West Branch picnic area, near the “F” parking lot. A designated "snowboards only" hill can be found near the Gladeview picnic area. Snowboards must be tethered to rider's ankles. Stony Creek boasts 13 miles of marked and groomed cross-country ski trails, covering level to hilly terrain. Ski rentals are available …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
More than 1,100 runners registered for the third annual event, hosted by the Utica Education Association and Utica Paraprofessionals Association.
The third annual Freeze Your Franny 5K run/walk lived up to its name Saturday, with a record number of runners braving bitter temperatures to take part in the race. Organized by the Utica Education Association and Utica Paraprofessionals Association, the Freeze Your Franny 5K celebrated its third year at Stony Creek Metropark Saturday, Jan. 26. More than 1,100 participants registered for the race, which also served to benefit MCREST (Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team), the Macomb County Food Bank and 4 Paws 1 Heart. “Our primary purpose is to promote wellness, but we thought we could also support local charities that may not have their own large event,” said event director and Roberts Elementary teacher Nancy Smith, in a …
Monday, January 28, 2013
From a canoe trip down the "mighty Clinton River" to bowl of Erma's vanilla custard, here are five of the attractions we treasure in Shelby Township and Utica.
Spread throughout Shelby Township and Utica are some of the best Italian restaurants in the county, including, but not limited to: Did you know the Clinton River is home to Class II and III rapids? Although canoe and kayak trips along the Clinton River are growing in popularity, this attraction remains a little-known secret. Start your trip at Heritage Park in Utica, fish from River Bends Park or just walk the riverfront in historic Downtown Utica. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy their own little slice of American history thanks to the efforts of the Shelby Township Historical Committee. From the original township hall built in 1948, to the former Packard Proving Grounds, a self-guided 21 mile tour of historic sites throughout …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Proceeds from the run/walk benefit MCREST, the Macomb County Food Bank and 4 Paws 1 Heart.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The 2013 Freeze Your Franny 5K run/walk is Jan. 26 at Stony Creek Metropark, with proceeds benefiting MCREST, the Macomb County Food Bank and 4 Paws 1 Heart.
With warming tents, snow-free running paths and an endless supply of hot cocoa, organizers of the Freeze Your Franny 5K say there is no excuse for skipping this winter exercise and charitable fund-raiser. “This is a no excuse event,” said event director and Roberts Elementary teacher Nancy Smith. “This is a chance to get out and get active in the winter. It is so beautiful at Stony Creek and I don’t think you could find a more perfect event.” Hosted by the Utica Education Association and Utica Paraprofessionals Association, the Freeze Your Franny 5K run/walk will return to Stony Creek Metropark for its third year Saturday, Jan. 26. "As teachers and parapros, we’re always working to raise awareness of issues like obesity and providing …
Saturday, December 29, 2012
The cold weather and blanket of snow means it is time to head to Stony Creek, which offers several sledding and tobogganing hills.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Take a look at photos of the first annual Halloween Hustle at Stony Creek.
The inaugural Halloween Hustle 5K & 10K at Stony Creek Metropark on Saturday was a hit with more than 1,300 runners and walkers hitting the pavement for a good cause. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Macomb County Food Bank and the Michigan Humane Society. Event organizer Nancy Smith said 1,344 people -- many dressed in Halloween costumes -- signed up for the Oct. 27 race. "We really loved seeing all of the costumes and hoopla," said runner Karolyn Tomayko. The event kicked off with a costume contest for best individual, group, child and doggie. Each winner walked away with a $20 gift certificate. The 10K started first and was followed 15 minutes later by the 5K. Awards were given out for overall male and female winners, masters …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Check out the fall wagon ride and owl fun at Stony Creek this fall.
If you love the outdoors as much as me, and love spending time at Stony Creek, check out the Metroparks fall lineup of spooktacular events. “Moonlight Wagon Rides,” Fridays, October 5, 12 19 & 26 at 7:30 pm, Nature Center. Come and enjoy the beauty of the fall season with a nature wagon ride through woods and fields, then gather around the fire ring for music, cider and donuts. Fee: $6 per person. Preregistration and prepayment required. Families and individuals only. “Cub Scouts Moonlight Wagon Rides,” Wednesday, October 17 from 6 pm to 9 pm, Nature Center. This program, specially designed for Scouts and a parent (no siblings please), includes a Nature Center visit, a wagon ride through the woods and a bonfire with cider and donuts! Fee…