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Wayne County Lightfest 8K Run/Walk and Bike Through the Lights
Click HERE to register for the Lightfest 8K Run/Walk and Bike Through the Lights events!

Wayne County Lightfest
The Wayne County Lightfest will be open Wednesday - Sunday from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM starting Thursday, November 18 with a LIGHTS ON Ceremony at 6:00 PM. Check the event pages below for more information!

Picnic Permits
The Wayne County Parks picnic season has ended. Reservations for the 2022 picnic season will start on Monday, March 7 in person. To be placed on an email list to receive an information package in February 2022 regarding picnic permits, please call (734) 261-1990

Nankin Mills Interpretive Center
Due to COVID-19, the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center remains closed to visitors. There is a walk-up window for residents to register for the dog park or purchase a metal detector permit. The front desk will be open from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Monday through Friday afternoons.

Wayne County Parks Dog Park
The Wayne County Parks dog park season runs now through April 30, 2022. Registration for the new season takes place at the Nankin Mills Intpretive Center in Westland. Registration hours are Monday - Friday from 1:00 PM - 4:0 0 PM. Click HERE for the dog park rules and membership application form. Please note, you will need to bring copies of your city dog license and rabies/distemper vaccination records to register your dog.

Connecting the Rouge Website
Connecting the Rouge is a regional planning effort led by Wayne County Parks that will connect communities along the Rouge River with access to existing and planned trails on Hines Drive, the Lower Rouge Greenway and the Rouge River Gateway. Please visit for more information or check out our informational flyer HERE.

Interested in learning about the Wayne County Parks Strategic Plan? Click HERE to view the plan!

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Wayne County Lightfest
Wayne County Lightfest
11/18/2021 6:00 PM - 12/31/2021 10:00 PM
Visit the Midwest's longest holiday lightshow starting November 18, 2021!