In the summer, it’s easy to fall into the habit of spending all day in front of a screen.
You play a few games, binge all your favorite TV shows and scroll endlessly through social media pages. Before you know it, summer is gone. The bright rays of sunlight that once filtered through the trees are replaced with the gray chill of autumn. The flowers disappear; the tree leaves crinkle and go brown.
And suddenly you wish that summer would return, just for a day, so you could spend time outside. Breathe in fresh air. Hear birdsong. Walk barefoot in the grass.
Do me a favor—look up from your screen for just a minute. Look outside.
Doesn’t that look inviting?
This year, Macomb County’s parks have all kinds of updates and fun events to check out. Don’t let summer pass you by—go try them out! Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
- Jacqueline K. Noonan Riverwalk Park (Utica)
Looking for something to do on a Friday evening? Come to the weekly Music in the Park nights for free live entertainment!
- Spindler Park/Veterans Memorial Park/Kennedy Park (Eastpointe/Roseville)
Use these warmer months as an opportunity to get healthy! Try Walk Michigan at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Walk Michigan is a walking program designed to promote healthy lifestyles. As an extra motivator, every time you walk, you’ll be entered to win a special prize! And don’t forget about Sizzlin’ Summer Night, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Aug. 3. The event will feature music, inflatables, a petting zoo, an outdoor movie showing of Moana, and more!
- Shelby Township Municipal Grounds (Shelby Township)
Get in touch with your artistic side at the Shelby Township Art Fair! There will be arts and crafts for the kids, shopping for the grown-ups, and live music and great food for everyone to enjoy!
- Dodge Park (Sterling Heights)
By the end of this month, Sterling Heights will have replaced 19 playgrounds with brand-new ones and begun implementing throughout the city many of the initiatives from their Recreating Recreation millage. On top of all the updates, Sterling Heights is also busy with tons of fun events! Every Thursday there is a free concert in the park, plus children’s activities and food vendors. There are also nature nights for kids, where they can learn about snakes, bugs, pandas, and other animals.
Jenna Russell is a summer intern at the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development. She is a senior at Oakland University.