For an April 27 spring cleanup in Madison Heights, volunteers will meet at Simonds Elementary and fan out along John R Road. They will also meet at the Red Oaks Nature Center to clean up the woods.

For an April 27 spring cleanup in Madison Heights, volunteers will meet at Simonds Elementary and fan out along John R Road. They will also meet at the Red Oaks Nature Center to clean up the woods.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Spring cleanups planned at Red Oaks Nature Center, along John R

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published April 12, 2019

MADISON HEIGHTS — Volunteers in Madison Heights are getting ready to give the city a good cleaning.  

The community effort will take place at multiple sites on Saturday, April 27. Oakland County Commissioner Gary McGillivray will lead a cleanup effort at the Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., while Emily Rohrbach and the Madison Heights Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will host a parallel cleanup starting at Simonds Elementary School, 30000 Rose St., and cleaning John R Road from 10 Mile to 14 Mile roads.

Both events start at 9 a.m. the same day, with a barbecue lunch at noon at the nature center, courtesy of McGillivray. The nature center is a short walk from the elementary school. For those at the nature center, there will be parking available at Red Oaks Waterpark across the street, with shuttle services moving people back and forth.

“So much of it depends on the weather, but we’ve had as many as 125 people in one year,” McGillivray said of the nature center cleanup’s attendance in past years. “Some of the work includes just picking up the winter litter that might be blowing around, raking and spreading wood chips along the fence line or wherever they’re needed, and in the past we’ve worked on invasive species that have appeared in the woods — mostly being garlic mustard.

“The cleanup just makes the park look a lot nicer, and it saves the county a bit of money since it’s work that has to be done in most cases,” he said. “And also there’s the bond that forms between all the folks who work together to take care of the community.”

Last month, there was a cleanup day March 23 led by Kymm Clark, chairman of the Arts and Culture Committee, picking up trash starting at the Madison Heights Active Adult Center, 29448 John R Road, and working down John R Road.

This event inspired a subsequent effort by the Madison Heights Men’s Club the weekend of April 6-7, where club members cleaned up the area under the Interstate 696 bridge at 10 Mile Road and Stephenson Highway.

“Litter can cause many issues, starting with the environment and continuing to our city’s image. With the help of our residents, we are committed to keep the Madison Heights community clean, and we encourage residents and businesses to keep our community thriving and looking its best,” Madison Heights City Manager Melissa Marsh said.

“Simple steps go a long way. Dispose of trash properly, pick up trash when you see it, make sure your trash is secure and bagged, and participate in a community cleanup day. Everyone is encouraged to come out with a team and pick up litter wherever they see it,” she said. “I hope this inspires our residents and visitors to stop littering and to pick up trash anytime they see it.”

For more information, call Emily Rohrbach at (248) 376-8011.