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Posted on: July 1, 2019

Sweet, Sweet Summer Fun!

Night Sky Program - Photo Credit: Bryan Mitchell

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy,” as the song goes by the great, Ella Fitzgerald. At Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC), we want you to have your most memorable summer yet! This summer Washtenaw County Parks is offering several great events, activities and challenges. From passive to active recreation, Parks encourages you to get outside and enjoy the benefits of your natural areas. 

Not sure how? Parks offers a variety of events for all skills, abilities, levels of experience and fun. 

The first great event offered this summer is the annual Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Swim Day on June 15, at Rolling Hills County Park from 9am-11am. This event, hosted in collaboration with the EMU Collaborative Center, is an annual early-opening of the Rolling Hills Water Park. It is a great opportunity for individuals with ASD and their families and friends to get acclimated to the water park and enjoy all the slides, rides and splash areas in a less crowded and stimulating environment before the park is open to the general public.

That same day, Rolling Hills County Park will host its second annual #GetOutsideDay from 12-2pm. This event encourages you to meet with local vendors and learn how to experience parks and natural areas in a way that meets your needs. Also offered is an obstacle course and bounce house where participants can compete with family and friends. 

In July, we’ll be hosting our annual 31-Day Challenge in honor of National Park and Recreation Month. Community members will be provided with daily challenges through the Washtenaw County Parks Facebook page. Included in the challenge is the Virtual Voyage Adventure 5K, a virtual race that can be done on  the participant’s own time, at their own pace, in any way they choose. Run, skip, jump, bike, roll or kayak through the race, and receive a medal and race packet for doing so! 

If participants want a more structured opportunity to race at one of our parks, they can run in the second annual Firefly 5K through County Farm Park on July 20 from 8:30-10:30pm. Big thanks to Ann Arbor Running Company and Redwood Living for sponsoring this fun event! This glow-in-the-park event is a free fun-run (not timed) and is a super fun way to get active and experience the park at night. Not into racing? Independence Lake Park offers Disc Golf Nights once a month from 9pm-12am. 

Finally, Rolling Hills Park will be hosting its annual campouts on August 2-4, and August 9-11. These popular camping weekends always sell out because they offer a great way to build amazing memories with family and friends on an overnight adventure in the park. Activities include fishing, crafts, hiking, stargazing, and a campfire with s’mores. To top it all off, you can enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast on Sunday morning. 

No matter what your skill, ability or interest is in parks, WCPARC is here to offer opportunities to help you enjoy your summer to the fullest. We’ll catch you outside this summer!


Questions? Contact Hannah Cooley, cooleyh@ewashtenaw.org or (734)971-6337 x 319.

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