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Rouge Rescue Work Sites

Volunteers should wear long sleeves and long pants to avoid contact with poison ivy. Sturdy closed toe shoes are also recommended. Some sites may need volunteers to bring gardening tools. Please contact the individual site coordinator to see if any tools are needed.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Parkland Park Work Site has been cancelled.  All others are will work as scheduled.

Work Site Locations

Early Work Sites

Northville Twp

Wayne County Commissioner Terry Marecki – Park Cleanup Day, Hines Park

Date: 5/13/2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Meet at the Cass Benton pavilion, near 17943 Northville Road
Volunteers Needed: All welcome (first 50 will receive Tigers tickets)
Projects: Trash removal, pulling weeds and invasive species, spreading mulch around signs and trees.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Cass Benton Pavilion, Cass Benton Rec Area located between Northville Road and Hines Drive, north of 6 Mile Road
Site Coordinator(s): Grace Modes, Commissioner Terry Marecki’s Office
313-224-0946
gmodes@waynecounty.com

Westland

City of Westland Hix Park – Holliday Nature Preserve

Date: 5/13/2017 & 5/20/2017 – RESCHEDULED  from 5/6
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (8:30 – 9:00 a.m. registration)
Location: Hix Road, north of Warren Road, south of Joy Road
Volunteers Needed: 75
Projects: Upland work, floodplain work, creek work in forest.
Family Friendly: yes
Site Coordinator(s): Bill Craig, Holliday Nature Preserve Association
248-476-5127
envirowhc@yahoo.com

Saturday, May 20, 2017 Work Sites

BEVERLY HILLS

Douglas Evans Nature Preserve

Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 31835 Evergreen Road
Volunteers Needed: All welcome
Projects: Invasive species removal, debris removal and nature walk.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Evergreen Road between 13 Mile Road and 14 Mile Road
Site Coordinator(s): Erin Saur
248-646-6404 ext. 229
esaur@villagebeverlyhills.com

BIRMINGHAM

Linden Park

Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hawthorne Street
Volunteers Needed: 35
Projects: Invasive species management practices along with debris/trash cleanup throughout the park.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Hawthome Street, Birmingham, MI 48009
Site Coordinator(s): Connie Folk, City of Birmingham
248-530-1642
cfolk@bhamgov.org

CANTON TOWNSHIP

Flodin Park

Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Saltz at Morton Taylor
Volunteers Needed: 150+
Projects: Volunteers will be cleaning up debris from the nature trails and planting.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Saltz and Morton Taylor.
Site Coordinator(s): Christie Jones, Canton Township
734-394-5160
cjones@canton-mi.org

Meadows of Canton

Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 44955 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
Volunteers Needed: 100
Projects: River cleanup if weather permits, educational displays, indoor presentations, bug hunt (benthic program), bird house building, storm drain stenciling, food and much more.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: River cleanup located at Lotz Road between Cherry Hill and Palmer Road. All other activities located at 44955 Cherry Hill Road (registration as well). Please check in before going to river cleanup site.
Site Coordinator(s): Keshav Raizada, Wayne County DPS
313-999-6256
kraizada@waynecounty.com

DEARBORN

Ford Field Greenway Trail

Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: 220551 Cherry Hill St, Dearborn
Volunteers Needed: 20
Projects: We will be cleaning up the park and managing the woody debris in the river.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Ford Field pavilion at base of Monroe Street.
Site Coordinator(s): Thomas Trimble, Christ Episcopal Church, Dearborn
313-414-6277
mars@americanmars.com

Henry Ford Estate Garlic Mustard Pull Together

Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 1 Fair Lane Drive
Volunteers Needed: 20+
Projects:  Volunteers will work to pull garlic mustard.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Meet at the picnic area
Site Coordinator(s): Karen Marzonie & Ronnie Francek
313-668-3193
kmarzonie@henryfordestate.org

University of Michigan – Dearborn

Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Environmental Interpretive Center, 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn
Volunteers Needed: All welcome
Projects: Removal of invasive species.  All tools provided.  If you have a long-handled branch loppers that you can bring, please do.  Volunteer may also wish to bring a water bottle.
Family Friendly: no
Directions: Meet at the Environmental Interpretive Center
Site Coordinator(s): Rick Simek, Environmental Interpretive Center
313-593-5338
rsimek@umich.edu

DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Parkland Park – CANCELLED  We apologize for any inconvenience

Date: 5/30/2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 6500 Parkland St
Directions: Meet at entrance off Ann Arbor Trail, east of Outer Drive
Projects: Caring for and mulching trees planted by DHWS volunteers during past Rouge Rescue work days.
Family Friendly: Yes
Volunteers Needed: 40
Site Coordinator(s): Barbara Goryca, Stephen Roberts, Dearborn Heights Watershed Stewards Commission
313-292-1784
barbgoryca@hotmail.com (Barbara Goryca)

DETROIT

Eliza Howell Park

Date:  5/20/2017
Location: 23733 Fenkell Ave., Detroit
Volunteers Needed: None, not open to the public
Projects: Youth will work to clean up trash and remove invasive plants in the park
Directions: Fenkell Avenue east of Telegraph Road
Site Coordinator(s):   Michael Mallon, Superhero Training Academy

Rouge Park

more info 
Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Location: 22000 Joy Road, Detroit
Volunteers Needed: 200
Projects: Park cleanup and invasive species removal
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Southeast corner of Joy Road and Spinoza Drive.
Site Coordinator(s): Sally Petrella, Friends of the Rouge
313-792-9621
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St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center

Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 23333 Schoolcraft, Detroit
Volunteers Needed: 20
Projects: Native planting along the Rouge River to provide habitat and reduce erosion.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Eastbound Schoolcraft, ½ mile east of Telegraph Road
Site Coordinator(s): Roz Salter, St. Paul of the Cross
313-286-2848
rsalter@stpaulretreat.org

FARMINGTON HILLS

Heritage Park

Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills
Volunteers Needed: 75
Projects: Volunteers will participate in a variety of tasks including invasive plant removal, native plantings, restoration work and trail maintenance
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Off Farmington Road between 10 Mile and 11 Mile Roads. Park entrance is on the west side of Farmington. Once in the park, follow the signs to the Nature Center. Check-in at the tent.
Site Coordinator(s): Ashlie Smith, Nature Center Supervisor
248-477-1135
ASmith@fhgov.com

LIVONIA

Beverly Park

Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: 30647 Pickford, Livonia 48152
Volunteers Needed: 75
Projects: Native planting, invasive plant removal, woody debris management and clean up.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: East of Merriman/take Milburn Street South off 7 Mile to East on Pickford
Site Coordinator(s): Diane Manderachia, City of Livonia
734-466-2642
dmanderachia@ci.livonia.mi.us

Newburgh Pointe Rec Area – Hines Park

Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 10 a.m. –
Location: Hines Drive, west of Newburgh Road
Volunteers Needed: All welcome
Projects: Volunteers will work to clean up trash from the shore and by canoe and lay crushed stone to reduce erosion at the canoe launch. Bring your own boat if you have it.  Heavner will provide some canoes for volunteers (limited supply available).
Volunteers are asked to bring rakes to pull trash from nearshore areas.
Family Friendly:
Directions: Meet at the canoe livery at Newburgh Pointe Rec Area
Site Coordinator(s): Vickie Schroeder, FOTR volunteer and Jeff Valendar, Heavner Canoe Livery
catfish228@gmail.com or jeff@heavnercanoe.com

NORTHVILLE

Allen Drive Park

Date: 5/21/2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 1056 Allen Drive, Northville, 48167
Volunteers Needed: 25
Projects: Garlic mustard removal, trash removal, bird house and hummingbird feeder building after clean up.
Family Friendly: Yes
Directions: Off Novi Rd, north of 8 Mile Road or Novi Street off 8 Mile Road. Parking available
Site Coordinator(s): Callie Milroy
248-496-8426
calliesgardens@gmail.com

Northville Downs

Date:  5/20/2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm
Location: 7 Mile at Hines Drive
Volunteers Needed: 200
Sign up to volunteer at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4ea9a728a3f58-rouge
Projects: Make the Rouge Paddle-able! Native planting, invasive plant removal, woody debris management and clean up.
Directions: Sign in at the Pavilion (Shelter #1 @ Northville Recreation Area in Hines Park). Parking available at the pavilion and at the former McDonald Ford site on 7 Mile Road across the street from Custard Time and Good Time Party Store).
248-348-0496
john@kellykellylaw.com
Family Friendly: yes
Site Coordinator(s): John P Kelly
248-348-0496
john@kellykellylaw.com

NOVI

Rotary Park

Date 6/3/2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: 22220 Roethel Drive, Novi
Volunteers Needed: 60
Projects: Trash removal, river trail cleanup, invasive plant control, managing wood in the river.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Nine Mile and Roethel Drive, between Novi Road and Meadowbrook Road.
Site Coordinator(s): Wendy DuVall, City of Novi
248 361 8336
wduvall@cityofnovi.org

PLYMOUTH

Tonquish Creek Manor

Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 1160 Sheridan, Plymouth
Volunteers Needed: 75
Projects: Pick up trash and debris, remove invasive species and replant native species.  Lunch provided to participating volunteers.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions:  Off W Ann Arbor Trail west of Harvey St.
Site Coordinator(s): Adam Gerlach, Greta Bolhuis, City of Plymouth
734-453-1234 ext. 224
gbolhuis@ci.plymouth.mi.us or agerlach@ci.plymouth.mi.us

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP

Plymouth Township Park

Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 46640 Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth
Volunteers Needed: 20
Projects: Planting native wild flowers along the creek and perhaps planting native grasses around bio-swale.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Meet at the pavilion, located at the second driveway on the left after you enter the park.
Site Coordinator(s): Sarah Visel, Charter Township of Plymouth
734-414-1452
svisel@plymouthtwp.org

REDFORD TWP

Lola Valley Park

Date:  5/20/2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location:  Lola Valley comfort station which is on Kinloch, south of 6 Mile Road between Beech Daly and Inkster Roads
Volunteers Needed: All welcome
Projects: Trash and debris pick-up, invasive plant removal
Family Friendly:  yes
Site Coordinator(s):  Scot Martin & Ted Kozlowski, Redford Residents
734.334.7437
scotfmartin@gmail.com

Methodist Children’s Home Society

Date:  5/20/2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location:  26645 W. Six Mile Rd, Redford
Volunteers Needed: All welcome
Projects:  Cleaning up trash and small woody debris along the river
Family Friendly:  No – No volunteers under age 18 are allowed; all volunteers will be asked to sign a photo/confidentiality form.
Directions: On Six Mile between Beech-Daly and Inkster Rd
Site Coordinator(s):  Anne Bradley, Development Coordinator MCHS
313-531-9968
abradley@mchsmi.org

SOUTHFIELD

Berberian Woods

Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Streamwood Lane, Southfield
Volunteers Needed: 10-20
Projects: Invasive plant removal, primarily garlic mustard and Dame’s Rocket, with a little honeysuckle thrown in for good measure. This is a very cool site, so come on out and join us for a fun morning on The Rouge!
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Enter Streamwood Lane off of 12 Mile Road, a residential street halfway between Telegraph Rd and Lahser Rd. Park on the street and walk down the lane to the bridge. Signs will be posted.
Site Coordinator(s): Gail Barber, Resident & Brandy Siedlaczek, City of Southfield
248-796-4806 (Brandy)
bsiedlaczek@cityofsouthfield.com

Beech Woods Recreation Center

Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Beech south of Nine Mile Road.
Volunteers Needed: 75-100
Projects: Woody Debris Management/Native Planting/Invasives Removal
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Beech Woods Recreation Center, located on Beech Road just south of Nine Mile.
Site Coordinator(s): Brandy Siedlaczek, City of Southfield
248-796-4806
bsiedlaczek@cityofsouthfield.com

SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP

Jack R. Smiley Nature Preserve

Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: 8080 Cherry Hill Road, Superior Township
Volunteers Needed: All welcome
Projects: Clean-up and weeding of visitor reception area — possible addition of gm pull in SE corner of preserve if volunteer numbers permit
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: SE corner, intersection of Prospect & Cherry Hill roads, park at Superior Township Hall, NE corner Prospect & Cherry Hill Roads
Site Coordinator(s): Carla Bisaro, SMLC Superior Township Chapter
734-484-0074
ckbisaro@comcast.net

WESTLAND

City of Westland Hix Park – Holliday Nature Preserve

Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (8:30 – 9:00 a.m. registration)
Location: Hix Road, north of Warren Road, south of Joy Road
Volunteers Needed: 75
Projects: Upland work, floodplain work, creek work in forest.
Family Friendly: yes
Site Coordinator(s): Bill Craig, Holliday Nature Preserve Association
248-476-5127
envirowhc@yahoo.com

Merriman Hollow

Date: 5/20/2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hines Drive and Merriman Road, Westland
Volunteers Needed: 20
Projects: Clean up trash and maintain a native garden and woodchip path.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: The entrance ramp to Hawthorne Drive to Hines Drive from Merriman. Located at the instersection of Hines Drive and Merriman.
Site Coordinator(s): Jenny Petoskey, Volunteer
734-637-1284
jenny_petoskey@yahoo.com

Sites Working Later than May 20, 2017

WAYNE

Goudy Park

Date: 6/10/2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: 3355 S Wayne Road (City Hall), Wayne
Volunteers Needed: 75
Projects: Woody debris management, trash pickup, trail maintenance and possibly invasive species removal.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Wayne Road, north of Michigan Avenue.
Site Coordinator(s): Kurt Kuban, Matt Mulholland, River Restorations INC
734-716-0783
kkuban3240@aol.com

NORTHVILLE TWP

Northville Community Park

Date: 6/3/2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 5 Mile west of Beck Road
Volunteers Needed: All welcome
Projects:  A few volunteers will maintain a small rain garden in Community Park, others will drive around the corner to clean up trash from the Johnson Creek and remove invasives in Coldwater Springs Nature Area.
Family Friendly: yes
Directions: Enter the park from 5 Mile.  Meet at the pavilion near the comfort station.
Site Coordinator(s): Matthew Bertrand, Friends of the Rouge
313-792-9621
mbertrand@therouge.org

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