Family / Youth
Marshmallow Drop

Wayne County Marshmallow Drop celebrates 30th Anniversary

 On Friday, April 18, marshmallows will fall from the sky at two locations

 

Join Wayne County Parks as we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Marshmallow Drop on Friday, April 18, 2014. Marshmallows will be dropped at two Wayne County Parks locations: Elizabeth Park in Trenton at 9 a.m. and Nankin Mills in Westland at 11 a.m.

More than 20,000 marshmallows will be dropped from the Easter Bunny’s helicopter to the e...

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DIA Needs Your Help

Proposals on your August 7TH Ballot

Call your friends in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties.

The DIA needs our support

 

WAYNE COUNTY ART INSTITUTE AUTHORITY MILLAGE-Supporting this proposal would ensure the DIA is able to retain its place in the top tier of art museums both locally and nationally.   Whether you visited the Museum during a 4th grade school trip, or took the entire family to see the incredible Art work and exhibits hou...

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Ficano Distributes Scholarships

Ficano Distributes Scholarships

The Robert Ficano Hope Foundation held its annual scholarship luncheon on April 10, 2013.  The Hope Foundation awarded over 65 Wayne County High School seniors with a $500 scholarship totaling more than $34,000.

Mistress of Ceremonies Rhonda Walker from WDIV’s local morning show offered her appreciation to Honorary Chair Robert Ficano.  “I want to go on record by saying that I deeply respect Robert Ficano. I know him to be someone who cares very deeply for this community….and  thank y...

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Community Programs are National Model

Wayne County Community-based Programs Cited as a National Model

June 25, 2014

By Michigan Chronicle

Instead of spending billions each year on incarcerating youth, a new report by Youth Advocate Programs Policy & Advocacy Center (YAP) calls on state and city policymakers to redirect taxpayers’ dollars to less expensive, more effective community programs that improve public safety by better supporting youth and their ...

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Importance of Mentoring Youth

Ficano joins acclaimed author and scholar Michael Eric Dyson to share mentoring insights with youth at Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility 

Native Detroiter to support Detroit Cares mentoring movement June 5

Noted author and professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson lent his voice to the mentoring of Detroit area youth, in particular African-American young people, during a recent appearance at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility.  The Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility is located at 1326 St. Antoine in Detroit, MI.&nbs...

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Conflict Resolution Program

Ficano’s Team wins National award for innovative youth conflict resolution program

98% success rate keeps youth in school instead of juvenile justice system

Less than 18 months after the program’s creation, Wayne County’s Children and Family Services (CFS) “Attendance- Participation-Support” (A-P-S) program is being honored with a National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award in the Children and Youth category. An evaluation of all students that participated in 2013 finds that 98% were retained in s...

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Jazz on the River

Ficano invites everyone to the Jazz on the River Festival

Star studded extravaganza; International and local artists perform at two day event

The 19th year of Jazz on the River will provide two full days of music and fun on August 2 & 3, 2014 along the river’s edge at Elizabeth Park in Trenton, MI.  International and emerging artists will be featured during this festival, including: Sax & The City starring Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor, Vincent Ingala and Joe McBride, Jeff Lorber Fusion featuring Paul Jackson Jr....

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New Country on the River

Wayne County Bob Ficano to Host Country Music and Fun

3rd annual New Country on the River event features top artists along the river’s edge at Elizabeth Park in Trenton,

Country music fans, mark your calendars.  Bob Ficano presents his 3rd Annual New Country on the River July 26!  Fans will enjoy a full day of country music and fun along the river’s edge at Elizabeth Park in Trenton, MI.

“The New Country on the River concert is a great way for the public to enjoy listening to country music ...

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Mud Day

Thousands of kids get down and dirty at Wayne County Parks' MUD DAY

Hines Park-Nankin Mills Area becomes mud playground at 26th annual event on Tues. July 8

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano is set to transform theHines Park-Nankin Mills Area into a giant 75' x 150' mud pit playground onTuesday, July 8 from11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Children,ages 12 and younger, will have the opportunity to get down and dirty in one of the messiest playgrounds southeast Michigan has ever seen!

"Mud Da...

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Elizabeth Park Enhancements

Wayne County CEO Ficano opens $3 million of enhancements to historic Elizabeth Park in Trenton

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano lead the official tour and ribbon cutting of the new, completed projects at Elizabeth Park, located on West Jefferson, south of West Road in Trenton, Michigan.  The enhancements include the Northpointe Riverwalk, three new pedestrian bridges and the Chateau on the River.

“The completed improvements to Elizabeth Park will further enhance the public’s enjoyment of an already beautiful facility,...

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Saturdays In The Park

Robert Ficano is calling all cyclists, skaters, runners and walkers!

Six miles of Hines Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic every Saturday; beginning May 3 through September 27

Did you know the number one concern of cyclists, skaters, runners and walkers is motor vehicle traffic?  Wayne County Parks has the solution.  On May 3, the Saturday in the Park program returns!  Visitors will have the opportunity to do their favorite activities in a vehicle-free environment on a six-mile ...

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Bark In The Park

Wayne County to hold first Bark in the Park Dog Walk May 3

Event promotes fitness and fun for dog lovers at Nankin Mills Park in Westland

Bring your dog for some tail wagging fun to the first annual Wayne County Bark in the Park Dog Walk on Saturday, May 3 at 9:00 a.m. at Nankin Mills Park in Westland.

“Pets are an important part of people’s everyday lives, often considered to be a member of their families,” said Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano.  “We encourage our residents and the public to tak...

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Family Fun Fest

Ficano to host annual Nature Fest June 21st at Crosswinds Marsh in Sumpter Twp.

Free event includes canoeing, fishing and many more activities

With the summer heating up, Wayne County Parks continues to provide free, family-oriented events for all to enjoy.  Nature Fest 2014 is Saturday, June 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Crosswinds Marsh in Sumpter Township. 

“Crosswinds Marsh is a large, unique park and Nature Fest is a perfect opportunity for families to enjoy it,” said Wayne County Executive Robert F...

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Who Wants to Have Fun?

Ficano is Calling All Who Want to Have Fun

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano is reminding folks who are interested in having fun that the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center is open and anxiously awaiting our younger residents to come splash around.  The hours of operation are 11am to 7pm.  The pool closes at 6:30pm daily. 

 “Swimming and playing at the aquatic center is a great way to beat the summer heat,” said Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano. “Wayne County is proud to be part of the 17...

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Nursery School Olympics

Ficano Hosts Nursery School Olympics for Tomorrow’s Champions

Children ages five and younger get chance to participate in custom Olympic games, June 5 at Elizabeth Park in Trenton

Robert Ficano, Wayne County Executive held the Nursery School Olympics on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Elizabeth Park in Trenton, MI. There is nothing more gratifying than supporting your knee-high Olympic hopeful.  The sight of smiling faces, the pattering of little feet and the sound of cheering fans create an atmosphere of fun and accomplishment. <...

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