Touch-A-Truck to roll into Drake Sports Park

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published April 22, 2015

 Sachal Aguilar, of West Bloomfield, sits in the tire of a front loader in 2012.

Sachal Aguilar, of West Bloomfield, sits in the tire of a front loader in 2012.

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — Ever  wondered what the inside of a police car looks like, or how many gadgets and gears are on a construction vehicle?

The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission will give kids of all ages the chance to touch and tour vehicles at the township’s first-ever Touch-A-Truck event from 6-9 p.m. May 1 at Drake Sports Park.

The event is free, but donations will be accepted and will benefit Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital’s pet therapy program. The hospital has two canine programs — a program with dogs that the hospital owns and one involving volunteers’ trained pets. The hospital owns two dogs, Henry and Benson.

West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission Public Information Officer Meagan Kurnat said close to 20 large trucks will be showcased during the event, and a majority of the vehicles are construction vehicles. Organizations bringing trucks to Touch-A-Truck include Farmington Hills’ Department of Public Works, Orchard Lake’s Department of Public Works, Rizzo Services, Lakeside Towing and Michigan CAT.

“It’s a free event at Drake Sports Park where families can explore on all these big vehicles that we see but we don’t really get the opportunity to touch. It’s a great event for little kids, but there’s something going on for older kids, as well,” Kurnat said.

West Bloomfield Fire Chief Gregory Flynn said the Fire Department will bring speciality rescue equipment, and West Bloomfield police officer Rick Trabulsy said the Police Department will bring a police vehicle for kids to explore.

Food trucks will also roll into the park, offering families the option to purchase dinner, beverages and snacks.

Kurnat said the Touch-A-Truck event has been on the Parks and Recreation Commission’s radar for a few years, but commissioners weren’t sure how to execute it. She said that when the commission surveyed residents about what kind of events they would like to see, Touch-A-Truck was frequently requested.

“We’re always looking for new, free events we can host, and this one seemed like there was a demand for it,” Kurnat said.

Parks and Recreation summer camp staff will be in attendance for a meet-and-greet with attendees who are considering sending their kids to the Parks and Recreation summer camps. Staff members will also put on mini clinics and answer any questions about the camps.

Drake Sports Park is located at 6801 Drake Road in West Bloomfield.

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