Parks and Rec ready for summer

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 1, 2016

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — With warmer weather seemingly here for good, the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department is set to unveil several new recreational programs while hosting its annual 10 free township events.

The first of the department’s 10 free events is scheduled for this upcoming Saturday, June 4, as Tons O’ Trucks returns to St. John’s Medical Center on 23 Mile Road.

“Obviously, it’s our biggest event of the year,” Parks and Recreation Director Sal DiCaro said. “It kicks off our summer, it’s a free event, a great family event, and we anticipate 5,000-8,000 people.”

The event will feature around 65 vehicles, ranging from fire trucks to monster trucks, classic cars and Macomb County sheriff’s vehicles. It is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be a free concert every Thursday in July at Macomb Corners Park. The Dale Hicks Band will perform July 7. Toppermost, a Beatles cover band, will play July 14. Magic Bus, a Woodstock tribute band, will perform July 21. And Your Generation in Concert will take the stage July 28.

Rosco the Clown picnic events will also be held June 21, June 28, July 12 and July 19.

The township’s Movie Under the Stars event is slated for Aug. 5.

“I think the events have grown with the popularity of them being successful, so therefore people come out. Our staff works really hard to put together the free events,” DiCaro said. “An event like Tons O’ Trucks or the concerts clearly builds community. Having people come out with their neighbors and friends and have a free evening out on the township, it’s really nice.”

The township will be offering several new athletic camps and enrichment programs as well.

New youth camps for golf, volleyball and tennis are scheduled along with a multi-sport camp hosted by SkyHawk Sports. A youth soccer camp returns July 25-29.

“We are constantly looking for new ideas for programs that may interest the residents of our township,” said Recreational Programmer Chris Stepp. “We actually encourage people to reach out to us who may have a local business or who have a special talent or hobby they are good at and passionate about that may be a good program to offer the community.”

For enrichment options, a new safety and self-defense camp will be introduced the last week of July for children 6-10 years old.

New youth art camps “Play with Paint” and “Building with Art” are scheduled for the last week of June and July, respectively.

A one-day painting party will be held for children July 13.

New engineering and science camps will also be debuted this summer.

For children with special needs, a new “Special Needs Sensory Storytime” event will be held Aug. 4 at the rec center.

In health and wellness, the “Heal Yourself Cooking Class” will be debuted June 21 to teach adults how to cook meals that will heal the body. Admission costs $5 for township residents and $10 for non-residents.

For seniors, a coloring and coffee hour will begin taking place Wednesday mornings, along with bocce games on the rec center’s new outdoor bocce courts. Walk-ins are welcome to both activities, and complimentary refreshments will also be provided.

For more information regarding the parks and recreation programs and free community events, visit www.gomtpr.org or www.facebook.com/mtpr04. For questions, call the recreation center at (586) 992-2900.

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