News & Notes - 6/21/23 Sterling Heights Sentry

Sterling Heights Sentry | Published June 21, 2023


Italian festival to return to Freedom Hill
Festa Italiana plans to celebrate Italian culture with food, music, contests, kids activities and more July 14-16 at Freedom Hill County Park, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway. Event hours are 5-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Find out more at    


Park, trail construction planned
In a June 10 Facebook post, the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department said it is planning some upkeep to the city’s parks and trails in the months ahead.

This will include resurfacing the trail from Farmstead Park to Donovan Park, resurfacing and expanding Mark Sawyers Family Park’s trail system, and rerouting a trail at North Clinton River Park’s Nature Center Bridge. Crews also plan to rebuild the Beaver Creek Park parking lot.

While these projects go on, pathways may be closed temporarily, the city warned. Learn more by emailing questions to or by calling (586) 446-2700.


Residents asked to water on alternating days
As in previous years, Sterling Heights is asking residents to curtail their outdoor water use from now until Labor Day by only watering on either odd or even days, according to a property address’s last digit.

In other words, odd addresses are encouraged to do outside watering on odd-numbered calendar dates, and even addresses should water on even dates. Outdoor water use may include car washes, swimming pools and lawns.

The city is also asking residents to curtail their outdoor watering between 5 and 9 a.m. and 6 and 9 p.m., and to irrigate lawns between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Doing these things can help keep water rate increases under control, officials said. Learn more by calling the Department of Public Works at (586) 446-2440.


Clerk’s office holds passport week
Passport Week is back June 19-24 at the Clerk’s Office in City Hall, 40555 Utica Road. That means both Sterling Heights residents and nonresidents can get passport services without an appointment.

The hours for the service are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Each applicant must have two checks or money orders: one for the U.S. Department of State and the other for the city. Learn more about fees and other requirements by visiting or call (586) 446-2420.


Kids to make patriotic crafts
The Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road, is inviting kids ages 3-8 to make patriotic crafts at 6 p.m. June 28.

Only 60 kids will be allowed to participate, so reserve a spot by visiting and clicking “Programs” on the front page. Learn more by calling (586) 446-2665.