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Mlive.com
Friends of the Flint River Trail kick off weekly Sunday Bike rides

Mlive.com

Genesee County Parks Commission wins four state awards including community service

Mlive.com
Native Plants available for purchase at For-Mar Nature Preserve in Burton

Burton View
For-Mar Fundraiser Next Weekend

ABC12
A Time For Every Season

Mlive.com

Thomas the Tank Engine to make pit stop at Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad


Mlive.com
Volunteer group hopes to bolster bluebird population in Genesee County

Newsmaker
Spring & Summer in the Parks ABC12- Genesee County Parks and Recreation Director, Amy McMillan, at 21:35


ABC12

It's Sugar Bush Time at For-Mar!


Mlive.com
Macy's "Heart Your Park" donations to benefit Burton's For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum

ABC12
Discover winter in all of its snow-covered glory

ABC12
Snowmobilers, break trail at Genesee County Parks

ABC12
Knee-High Naturalists and Wild Adventurers will learn about the world outside their windows

Mlive.com
Flint-area winter sports enthusiasts enjoy record snowfall despite brutal cold

ABC12
A winter sledding wonderland in the Genesee County Parks!

Mlive.com
Crim adds two new races to evolve as a fitness organization

Mlive.com
Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad workers prepare to pack up as Christmas season winds to a close

Tri-County Times
Christmas at Crossroads

Cars 108
Hear about Christmas at Crossroads, For-Mar's Holiday Walk, and other upcoming Parks events

ABC 12
The Holiday Magic continues at Crossroads Village

Flint News Talk 1470
Upcoming Genesee County Parks events, plans for 2014, and the Citizen Survey

Mlive.com
Genesee County organizations increase physical activities with SAGE grants


Mlive.com
Genesee County Parks looks for public input through online survey

Mlive.com
'Christmas at Crossroads' opening attracts 3500 attendees to see tree lighting, fireworks

Burton View
Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic begins Nov. 29.

ABC 12
Experience the wonders of the natural world at For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum

Parks & Rec Business
From Grazing to Gazing

Cars 108
Listen in to hear all about upcoming Genesee County Parks events

Newsmaker
Holiday events and resources- Genesee County Parks Director, Amy McMillan at 22:55

ABC 12
Walkers and bicyclists love Linden County Park!

The Burton View
Grant helps For-Mar, Davison Parks

ABC 12
Crossroads Village's 25th Anniversary Halloween Ghosts and Goodies

ABC 12
You still have time to order tickets to everyone's favorite costume party...Halloween Ghosts and Goodies at Crossroads Village

MLive.com

$1.8-million Mott Foundation grant will keep Genesee County parks open, programs operating

NBC 25
Huckleberry Railroad gets a head start on trick-or-treating 

ABC 12
Richfield County Park- A gorgeous get away for fall.

MLive.com
Trick-or-treaters celebrate Halloween early at Crossroads Village with 43,000 pieces of candy

MLive.com
Hunters on Genesee County park land have to take an antlerless deer before they take aim at trophy bucks

MLive.com
Crossroads Village celebrating 25th anniversary with Halloween Ghosts and Goodies program through October

Cars 108
Get away, right away- and experience Fall in Genesee County Parks

ABC 12
The Hogbacks - Ancient geography offers modern-day fun!

MLive.com
Genesee County Parks' Knee-High Naturalist, Wild Adventures programs return to For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum

Cars 108
Halloween Ghosts and Goodies and Fall festivals on Cars 108

MLive.com
Warrior Dash, Genesee County parks recognized by commissioners

ABC 12
All terrain. All ORV. All year. The Mounds

MLive.com
The Color Vibe 5K Run attracts more than 2,100 racers to Genesee Township

Cars 108
Hear all about upcoming Fall events on Cars 108


Flint Area Theatres

“Blithe Spirit” to Bring Ghosts and Laughs to Crossroads Village September 26 – 29

ABC 12
Summertime at beautiful Buell Lake County Park

MLive.com
Crossroads Village sees biggest crowd of summer with $1 entry, rides for Labor Day

MLive.com
Genesee County Parks' Knee-High Naturalist, Wild Adventures programs return to For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum

MLive.com
Silly Saturday at Bluebell Beach ends summer of Genesee County Parks events

 MLive.com
One last summer adventure: Rates at Crossroads Village slashed to $1 for Labor Day

MLive.com
Grange Fair Auction offers unique souvenirs at old-fashioned prices

ABC 12
...and the fishin' is easy

Davison Index
Rotten sneakers contest held at Roadside Park

Cars108
Hear all about the latest Genesee County Parks news on Cars 108

Mama of Many Blessings, local mom and blogger
A Day Out With Thomas

The Burton View
Thomas the Tank Engine returns for eighth season

MLive.com
A Day Out With Thomas brings cartoon hero to life at Crossroads Village in Genesee Township

CarrieMattern.com, local mom and blogger
All Aboard!  (The Mattern family visits a Day Out With Tho
mas)

ABC 12

Mid-Michigan's best camping is just around the corner

MLive.com
Michigan State University will study trees in For-Mar for emerald ash borer

MLive.com
Genesee County Parks program get recognition and cash reward

ABC 12

Enjoy spectacular shoreline views and lunch aboard the Genesee Belle

NBC 25
Huckleberry Railroad hosts "Railfans"


MLive.com
Annual Railfans Weekend at Crossroads Village appeals to enthusiasts and casual observers

MLive.com
Thomas the Tank Engine returning to Crossroads Village for 8th year

ABC 12
Behind the scenes of "All Aboard!"

MLive.com
Genesee County Parks offering a free auto maintenance on Saturday


MLive.com
Neil Woodward sings Crossroads Village story at Flint Folk Music Festival


MLive.com
A look back at Warrior Dash 2013:  The good, the gross and the party

Mlive.com
Warrior Dash Michigan registration opens for 2014; third running went 'very smoothly' this year

 MLive.com
Kearsley Park Players bring Fiddler on the Roof to Crossroads Village and Kearsley Park

MLive.com
Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission increases new waterfowl hunting sites at Mott Lake

MLive.com
Warrior Dash brings 'one heck of a boost' to businesses as economic impact grows in Genesee County

Passion for the Past blog
Summertime at Crossroads Village

MLive.com
'James and the Giant Peach' coming to Flint Youth Theatre

Grand Blanc View
Multiple free performances of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ this week

ABC 12
Fitness comes naturally in Flushing County Park

ABC 12
Pack a picnic and head to Linden County Park

MLive.com

Genesee County Parks celebrates International Mud Day with ankle-deep mud pit at Bluebell Beach

MLive.com

Flint Symphony Orchestra and The Whiting present 2013 Music in the Parks series

ABC 12
Something fun for everyone at Linden County Park! 

MLive.com
 
Newsmaker
 
 
MLive.com
 
 
PBS
 
 
ABC 12
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ABC 12
 
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ABC 12
Hunt for morel mushrooms, see rare blooms, and enjoy nature at Genesee County Parks

ABC 12
 
 
ABC 12
 
Flint News Talk Radio
Upcoming events at the Parks
 
 ABC 12
 
ABC 12
 
 
NRPA Magazine
Do as they say 
 
 
 
Recreation Magazine
 
MLive Flint Journal
 
MLive.com 
 
The Burton View
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Passion for the Past blog
I Believe A Change Is Gonna Come
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Flint Handmade blog
I Am Leslie Knope of Craft...
 
 

 ConnectMidMichigan.com
Mott Foundation makes $1.27-million grant for Genesee Co. Parks

 
 

CARS 108

Fall events and programming for 2014. A great time to get out and see your Genesee County Parks.

WEYI 25

Magna Powertrain Visits  Genesee County Parks' The Mounds ORV Park

 

CARS 108 11-13-2014

Thank you Genesee County! Cars 108 interview with Amy McmIllan, Parks Director.

 

Cars 108 Radio Commercial "Secrets"

The secrets nature has to hold in all of the sounds at Genesee County Parks

 

Cars 108 Radio commercial "There Was a Time"

The time of magic, mystery and discovery can still be found here at historic Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad.

 

Cars 108  12-11-14

 Amy McMillan's WCRZ 12.11.14 radio interview. Thanks!

 

Press Releases

October 10, 2013

Spotlight: Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission

- See more at: http://www.mott.org/news/news/2013/20131010-Genesse-County-Parks-Grant-Spotlight#sthash.RWjycGKY.dpuf

October 10, 2013

Spotlight: Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission

- See more at: http://www.mott.org/news/news/2013/20131010-Genesse-County-Parks-Grant-Spotlight#sthash.RWjycGKY.dpuf



March 30, 2014

The Genesee County Parks and Recreation is providing a draft version of the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Five Year Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan for public review for a 30-day period.  The document is available for review at 5045 E. Stanley Road, Flint MI during regular business hours of 8am to 5pm between March 30 and April 30, 2014.  Comments on the plan can be provided at this location or by contacting parkswebteam@gcparks.org.

The Genesee County Parks and Recreation is holding a public hearing to solicit comments on the Geneseee County Parks and Recreation Five Year Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan.  This is the final comment opportunity before adoptions and submittal to the Michigan Department of Nature Resources.  The public hearing will be on May 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton, MI.


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CONTACT:    Genesee County Parks Director, Amy McMillan
                        810.249.3814/ amcmillan@gcparks.org
 
FOR-MAR NATURE PRESERVE AND ARBORETUM IDENTIFIED AS MACY’S “HEART YOUR PARK” FUNDRAISING PROGRAM RECIPIENT IN BURTON
 
Macy’s partners with the National Recreation and Park Association to raise funds for local parks nationwide, with every dollar matched by Macy’s, up to $250,000
 
Flint, Michigan – March 5, 2014 – Genesee County Parks’ For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country. From March 7 to March 31, customers at Macy’s Genesee Valley Mall can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum. To further spread the love, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.
 
For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum is one of more than 550 parks nationwide that will benefit from Macy’s “Heart Your Park” this spring. In partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of community parks, recreation and conservation, Macy’s stores across the country have each selected a local park or green space in their community to support through the program. Donations will go toward making improvements, such as maintaining trails, playgrounds, and ball fields, and everything in between.
 
“We are thrilled to partner with Macy’s and NRPA for ‘Heart Your Park’ this spring,” said Genesee County Parks Director, Amy McMillan. “Through this wonderful program and donations by Macy’s customers, we are excited about the increased awareness and additional funding for For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum. This park is a great asset to the community, and we greatly appreciate Macy’s support.”
 
“Heart Your Park” is part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” spring campaign that will come to life at Macy’s stores and on macys.com with an infusion of garden-inspired merchandise, special promotions and events. For more information on “Secret Garden,” visit macys.com/secretgarden. For a full list of the parks benefiting from Macy’s “Heart Your Park,” visit macys.com/parks.
 
About Macy’s  
Macy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy's offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy's is known for such epic events as Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy's flagship stores -- including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California -- are known internationally and leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers, employees and Macy's Foundation, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $70 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.
 
For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.
 
About National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 40,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.
 
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December 18, 2013-

Christmas at Crossroads Holiday magic


With Christmas almost here it is time to share this aerial video we made last year of Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad.  The video gives you a bird's eye view of the Village in all its luminous glory.  We hope you enjoy it. 

And don't forget- the Village is open after Christmas.  We are open December 26 through December 29, 4-9 pm.

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Residents urged to complete Citizen Survey and help commissioners plan for the future of the Genesee County Parks

Flint, MI, November 25, 2013 -- The Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission is conducting a Citizen Survey over the next few weeks that will help establish priorities for improvements to the county parks and their facilities and programs.  And Parks Director Amy M. McMillan says they hope to hear from a sizeable number of Genesee County residents.

 “This survey is part of a long-range Community Park, Recreation, Open Space and Greenway Plan to establish priorities for the future of the Parks, so we’re hoping for a huge response from residents,” says McMillan. “This is an opportunity to give us your opinion! The 10 to 15 minutes that residents invest to complete the survey will help the Commission make decisions that will enrich the future of our county and positively affect the lives of all of us who live here.”

Surveys were sent by mail to a number of randomly selected Genesee County residents. Residents who did not receive the survey in the mail are encouraged to go to
www.geneseecountyparkscommission.org and complete the survey online.
 

Those who received the survey in the mail are asked to complete the paper version and send it back within two weeks or go to the website above and complete the survey there.

McMillan stresses that funds for this survey were provided by a grant. Leisure Vision/ETC Institute, an independent consulting company will administer this survey and compile the results.

For more information, contact McMillan at the Parks office at 810-249-3812 or by e-mail at
amcmillan@gcparks.org

 


November 7, 2013-

Come walk with us and celebrate Sara!

Trustees and staff of the Ruth Mott Foundation invite you to participate in Thanks for Giving, a walk to honor the foundation’s president Sara E. Ríos who was recently diagnosed with ALS. This event is our way of thanking Sara for a lifetime of working to improve the lives of underserved people around the world and for her leadership, insight and vision in support of efforts to build community vitality in Flint and Genesee County.  

The 1.5 mile event will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Applewood Estate, 1400 East Kearsley Street in Flint. Onsite registration begins at 12:30 p.m. The walk starts at 1 p.m. Music and refreshments will follow at 2 p.m. Walkers and runners are welcome, and the fully paved route is ideal for those pushing strollers or using a walker or wheelchair. 

The walk will raise both money and awareness of ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Funds raised will benefit the ALS Association Michigan Chapter, which is part of the only national non-profit organization that pioneers research, provides patient care, advocates better policies, encourages public education and provides community services for ALS patients and their families.

Before joining the Ruth Mott Foundation, Sara was director of the Human Rights, Equality and Justice Unit at the Ford Foundation in New York. She also served as legal director of LatinoJustice PRLDEF and was honored by them in 2012 with a Latina Trailblazer award. She has received much recognition for her decades of work, including the CHIRAPAQ award for promoting funding of Peruvian indigenous women's issues.  

Please join us in honoring Sara at this fun event!  Our goal is to raise $25,000, and we hope you’ll help us reach it. If you can’t attend but want to show your support, follow the link to make a donation. Click here to register and/or to donate!   

http://webmi.alsa.org/goto/thanksforgiving

Questions? Call or send an e-mail to Denise Holaly at the Ruth Mott Foundation. She can be reached at 810-233-0170 and dholaly@ruthmott.org.

 


 

October 10, 2013-

Spotlight: Genesee County Parks and Recreation Comission


 

September 25, 2013-

The Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission announces the 2013 Deer Management Archery Hunt to be held from November 1 through 8, 2013. Changes to this year’s hunt of “Earn a Buck” will require hunters to harvest an antlerless deer, before being allowed to harvest a buck. This change should thin the large deer population in the designated area. Hunters will have approximately a ten acre plot to hunt. 80 lucky hunters will be allowed to hunt the year.

The Lottery will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM, at E. A. Cummings Event Center 6130 E. Mt Morris Road, Genesee Township. Registration for the lottery starts at 11:00 AM.

To enter the Lottery, hunters must have valid identification along with the proper hunting license on the day of the drawing. Applicants must be at least 17 years of age by the date of the hunt to hunt alone. Youths, age 10-16 years, may hunt with an adult. Applicants must register for the Lottery in person and be present to win. Cost to enter the lottery will be only $5.00 and additional $5.00 if the hunter wins a hunting site.

Hunting is open to Genesee County residents only.

For a complete list of the Lottery Regulations go to geneseecountyparks.org and click on the Wildlife Management tab.

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June 24, 2013-


June 13, 2013-
Genesee County Parks is excited to announce it will hold the 2013 Color Vibe run.

  • Registration is now open for the 2013 Color Vibe race which will be held at E. A. Cummings Event Center on Saturday, September 21. 
  • Color Vibe race begins at 9am. 
  • The Color Vibe Race Series is a 5k (3.1 mile) run infused with color.
  • Runners start the race with a clean white shirt only to pass through four color stations along the course to end up with a bright and vibrant tie-dye shirt at the finish. 
  • The point is not to race, but to literally become a canvas of color, be active, and share a life experience with friends and family. 
  • The colored powder is simply colored cornstarch that is 100% safe and biodegradable.  Organizers of the race take care of clean up after the event.
  • Food and beverages: No food or alcohol is served.  Water is provided to runners at the finish line.  The event is family friendly.
For more information and to register, click here.
 
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June 13, 2013-
Warrior Dash signs an unprecedented two-year contract with Genesee County Parks, making it the only venue to host the event three years in a row.
 
Quote from Warrior Dash Representative, Michael Coco - “We typically do not sign multi-year agreements but because the team at Genesee County Parks has been so great to work with, and our participation levels have consistently risen; we decided to make an exception. We are excited to partner with GC Parks through 2014 and we hope that we can continue to call GC Parks home of the Warrior Dash Michigan I event for years to come.”
 
For more information on the Warrior Dash, click here.
 
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May 15, 2013-
Thomas the Tank Engine is back this summer!  The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013 is coming August 16-18 & 23-25.  For more details, click here.

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Did you hear? Flint News Talk Radio's Jason Cooper interviewed Genesee County Parks Director Amy McMillan.  They discussed the Genesee County Parks system, community involvement and funding, fee and pass information, recreational activities, The Mounds' new website at www.themounds.org, and more.  Listen to find out about all the opportunities available to you and your family! Click here to listen to the interview.

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April 11, 2013 -
To better meet the needs of a growing (and passionate) fan base, Michigan's premier off-road vehicle park, The Mounds, is launching a brand new website today -
click here for details!  

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From the Director:

     It is my great pleasure to share some awesome news with you.  The C.S. Mott Foundation has approved our request for operating support in the fiscal year that began on October 1, 2012. 
     The document attached describes the grant award and also gives a little history of the tremendous support that the C.S. Mott Foundation has provided to the Genesee County Parks over more than 40 years. 
Click here for more details.

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Ruth Mott Foundation invites you to join in Thanks for Giving, a walk to honor RMF president, Sara Rios

Come walk with us and celebrate Sara!

Trustees and staff of the Ruth Mott Foundation invite you to participate in Thanks for Giving, a walk to honor the Read More »

Warrior Dash is coming to Genesee County Parks & Recreation


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 FIRE LEAPING, MUD CRAWLING, 5K RACE AND FESTIVAL TO HIT MICHIGAN
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New Foot Bridge for Genesee County Parks' For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum Coming Soon!

Thanks to an $83,000.00 grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation, Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission will replace For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum’s telephone pole bridge, which was removed 3 years ago, with a new steel-frame footbridge. The new footbridge will restore access to the north west portion of the Preserve’s trail system. For-Mar Naturalist, Read More »

Fresh Brand Look for Michigan's Largest County Park System

For the people of Genesee County, “get away, right away” is more than just a great idea. It’s the cornerstone of a new brand identity and marketing campaign promoting their Genesee County Parks.

This fall, Michigan’s largest county park system – with more than 11,000 acres of woods, water and recreational amenities – is bringing a fresh new Read More »