Fall programs rolled out in Clinton Township

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published September 23, 2019

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — This fall in Clinton Township, you can throw pumpkins down a hill, dress up as your favorite superhero or villain, and even kayak.

Clinton Township Parks and Recreation recently released its 2019-20 fall brochure, outlining numerous activities available for people of all ages — especially youths.

The Trick or Treat Trail, which at press time was at least 75% full when it comes to registrations, will feature three sessions Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m and 12:30 p.m.

It will take place at the Clinton Township Civic Center, 40700 Romeo Plank Road. The event costs $6.50 for local children, and is free for adults.

“We try to do a good mix of stuff for girls and boys, and the younger kids and the older kids,” said Emily Minna, recreation coordinator. “So, all ages will have something to see on the trail.”

Kids will be able to pick a pumpkin from the patch, while also indulging in not just candy, but also toys. It’s a wildly popular event, with a quarter of the slots selling out in just 48 hours.

Sponsors include Motor City Co-Op Credit Union, Lori’s Lick ‘Em Up Ice Cream and WindowPro.

“When we get extra partners like this, it actually helps create better value at the program,” Parks and Recreation Department Director Frank Pizzo said. “It allows (us) to purchase better candy, or more candy, and better toys than the cheap ones.”

Pizzo was “super excited, but super nervous” about last year’s Pumpkin Roll Down, but it turned out that throwing large squashes down a 25-foot hill was enjoyed by all.

This year’s event, taking place at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Civic Center, is expected to involve more than the 300 pumpkins thrown from the hilltop in past years. Targets will be set up and prizes will be available.

Free cider and doughnuts will be offered to attendees, while supplies last. The hill is cleaned afterward by Clinton Township DPW staff.

“It’s a fun free program for our community,” he said. “It’s environmentally nice. We can get rid of the pumpkins. We actually take them to our DPW compost, so they get rid of the pumpkins so they’re not sitting in neighborhoods.”

Fall youth sport offerings include volleyball, tennis and golf. Assistant Director Brian Kay said each activity allows for children to become acclimated to the sports at an introductory level.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19, the Clinton River Fall Colors Paddle will begin at Budd Park and will conclude at Shadyside Park in Mount Clemens.

The ride, which involves about two hours’ worth of paddling, raises funds toward universal kayak launches. You can bring your own kayak and participate for $20, or rent one for $30. It is an event dependent upon weather, with heavy rain potentially causing undercurrents that could make the river dangerous.

“There’s been a huge push for watersports and paddling opportunities, and we feel that this one rivals something that you would experience up north,” Kay said.

Prior to Halloween, you can change your kids’ holiday routine by attending the Pumpkin Painting Party. Rather than carving the usual jack-o-lantern, pumpkins and paint will be offered to registered attendees, and they can decorate pumpkins as they wish.

Staff on hand will also have samples available to help facilitate creativity. It is open to ages 8-13 and will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 20, at Steiner Community Building, 24001 Henry B. Joy Blvd. It costs $16 for residents.

The township is once again doing Mom-Son Fun Day. Taking place on the afternoon of Nov. 23 at Fern Hill Golf Club, 17600 Clinton River Road, two time slots will be offered and will include a pizza buffet and a slew of games, including bowling.

Recreation coordinator Tami Letcavage said the games are designed so they can adapt with the different family sizes in attendance. Last year’s event sold out, hence the additional time slot.

“All the games are designed and geared towards elementary school kids,” Letcavage said. “Some are competitive, so it will be mom (versus) son. Some of them, they will work together and try to get through things.”

For more information or to register, visit clintontownship.com/recreation.html.

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