Upcoming Events at Washtenaw County Parks

Washtenaw County Parks operates several parks plus the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center. Admission to Independence Lake and Rolling Hills is via vehicle admission – $5/day for county residents or $25/year for county residents. Independence Lake is the home of Blue Heron Bay Splash Park (Admission $4/county residents) while Rolling Hills has the Rolling Hills Water Park (admission for country residents is $7/weekday, $8/weekend). Over the summer they will be holding a number of family-friendly events at the various locations.

As I previously shared, Independence Lake is hosting a FREE Community Safety Day on Saturday, June 7 from 10a-noon followed by a free day of play at Blue Heron Bay. They will also have a Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, June 15.

This weekend, June 7-8 is Free Fishing in the State of Michigan with special programs offered at various parks around the state. Rolling Hills will hold a free all-ages fishing program on Saturday, June 7 from 6-8p. Poles, bait, and instruction are available. The event will be at the pond near the Lodge. Independence Lake will hold their free all-ages fishing program on Sunday, June 8 from 10a-noon. They will meet at the dock near Beach Center. Pre-registration is required for both programs and available by calling Faye at 734-971-6337×334.

Sunday, June 29 is Log Cabin Day in Michigan. Head to Parker Mill Park from 1-4p to tour the historic mills and log cabin. You will also experience old fashioned games and chores. My daughter visited  Parker Mill on a kindergarten class field trip and enjoyed getting to see the mill in action and learn about pioneer times.

Sunday, July 13 is Huron River Day. Ann Arbor Parks holds a big Huron River Day event every year at Gallup Park. At the adjacent Parker Mill Park, you can take a guided hike in a Huron River Floodplain and tour the historic mill. The mill will be open from noon-4p with formal tours at 1 and 3p.

Rolling Hills Park will host two Family Campouts – on Saturday, August 9 and Saturday, August 16. Tent setup will begin at 2p each day. Pre-registration is required by calling 734-484-9676.

Independence Lake is located at 3200 Jennings Rd in Webster Twp.  Rollig Hills Park is located at 7660 Stony Creek Rd in Ypsilanti Twp. Parker Mill Park is located t 4653 Geddes Rd in Ann Arbor.

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