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SNOWFALL AND COLD TEMPERATURES BRING WINTER SPORTS ACTIVITIES TO WAYNE COUNTY PARKS

The Wayne County Parks System is announcing a full slate of winter sports activities to help residents safely stay active during these cold weather months and the pandemic.

"Mother Nature has hit Michigan with cold temps, which gives many Wayne County residents a bad case of cabin fever," said Beverly Watts, Director of the Wayne County Department of Public Services. "A sure cure is fresh air and exercise. With a full season of winter in the forecast, we have something for everyone to enjoy this season."

Patrons are expected to adhere to the Center of Disease Control's social distancing guidelines which includes maintain six feet of distance from each other, masks and regular hand sanitizing.

ICE SKATING

Weather permitted, ice skating is now available on Newburgh Lake in Livonia during daylight hours. For information regarding skating conditions, call (734) 261-1990.

SLEDDING

Hines Park-Cass Benton hill and Hines Park-Middlebelt hill are both available for sledding. Hines Park-Cass Benton is located on Hines Drive between Six- and Seven-Mile Roads in Northville. Middlebelt hill is located on Hines Drive between Inkster and Merriman Roads in Westland. It features a warming shelter is located and handrails to assist younger children. There are also small sledding hills perfect for younger children across from the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center in Westland and at Lola Valley Park in Redford and at Lola Valley Park in Redford.

FAT TIRE BIKING

Mountain biking trails off Hines Drive remain open during the winter for fat tire biking. The two-mile Lakeview Trail follows the south shoreline of Newburgh Lake. The one-mile Riverview Trail continues east of Newburgh to the Rouge River. The trails are best used when dry or snow-covered to avoid damaging the trails. The trailhead parking lots are located at the southeast corner of Newburgh and Ann Arbor Roads and off Hines Drive at the I-1275 overpass.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING

Cross country skiing and snow shoeing trails are open at Crosswinds Marsh in Sumpter Township.

Wayne County Parks is a division of the Wayne County Department of Public Services with the purpose of enhancing the quality of life for families and citizens of the 43 communities of Wayne County. We maintain 5,600 acres of parkland and operate 41 locations, which include 37 parks, one golf course, a marina and the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center.

Wayne County Parks hold hundreds of educational and recreational events such as the Marshmallow Drop at Nankin Mills and Elizabeth Park, Motown on the River, and Jazz on the River. Wayne County is committed to offering the best park experiences for families to enjoy. For more information about Wayne County Parks, please call (734) 261-1990 or visit www.waynecounty.com

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