Getting Ready for Winter

Lake Lansing North

No doubt we have more nice fall days, but in the parks, you will see staff “battening” down the hatches!   Just like at home, the parks have to get ready for winter too.  Picnic tables are tipped so that snow doesn’t collect on them, water lines are turned off and summer “toys’ are stored for warmer days next year.  We are getting shovels, snow plows and tractors ready. 

The exciting part of winter prep is watching the winter warming houses go up, straw bails and fencing being put in place as we ready for sledding!  This year in addition to cross-country skiing, sledding and the twinkle of lights on the snow during MoonLight Ski, the residents of Ingham County are excited about the new Hawk Island Snow Park.   Snow boarding and tubing will be available on the hill.  More information to follow as the opening gets closer. 

You don’t need your boots and mittens just yet, but we in the parks are looking forward to snowflakes, snowmen and winter fun.

10th Anniversary Season a Success

The Friends of Ingham County Parks and the Lake Lansing Band Shell Committee are pleased to announce a successful conclusion to our Anniversary Season. Nearly 10,000 park visitors enjoyed the FREE Friday evening summer concerts.

A huge thank you to our sponsors:

J’s Cone Zone * American Legion Post #269
East Lansing/Meridian Lions Club * Lake Trust Credit Union
Fahey, Schultz, Burzych, Rhodes PLC * MSUFCU
Fast Eddie’s Car Wash – Oil Change * Haslett Marathon
Okemos Kiwanis Club * Ingham County Medical Care Facility
Lake Lansing Property Owners Association * Sunrise Seamless
Leo’s Lodge/Leo’s Outpost/Leo’s Spirits & Grub
NU Image Barbers * Okemos Wellness Center
Rotary Club of Haslett-Okemos * The Mayfair Bar
The Blue Gill Grill The Watershed Tavern & Grill
The Emmer Agency / David Chapman Agency

Michigan Corporate Challenge – Where Work Meets Play!

The Michigan Corporate Challenge (MC²) is a professionally run, series of Employee Fun Events Developed by Cooper & Partners

The mission of the Michigan Corporate Challenge is to:

  •  Partner with companies to help them develop a healthy work environment
  • Provide our partners with the strategies to build a culture of teamwork
  • Make a difference by financially supporting worthy charities

The Michigan Corporate Challenge will leverage Michigan’s unique characteristics and strengths to accomplish the overall Mission. It will provide Four Seasons of exciting, healthy, fun activities for employees of Michigan Companies, all in the spirit of team building, health promotion and friendly competition.

The Medals, awards, and competition are a pivotal aspect of the Challenge But…The true rewards of the Corporate Challenge are:

  • The impact on Healthy Lifestyles
  • The team building, company pride and spirit displayed by participants
  • The significant funds raised for Michigan Charities

Ingham County Parks are looking forward to hosting the first MICHIGAN CORPORATE CHALLENGE!

Touch a Truck – Hawk Island

Cloudy skies and cool temperatures did not keep people away! Thank you to all of businesses and organizations who participated and made the day a huge success. Over 600 visitors came to see a great collection of BIG RIGS from our great Lansing community. This was a day made just for kids and they had a ton of fun. The trucks, bounce house, straw maze, animals from Potter Park Zoo were great hits. Thanks to our good friends from Capital City Renegades Disc Golf Club for bringing out a couple of baskets for visitors to try, check out the two new courses at Burchield Park.

A special thank you to our great and unstopable volunteers Alfreda, Crystal, Karen S., Ryan, Charlene, Frank, Joyce, Tom, Jerry, Gloria, Doris, Kyara, Stephen, Chuck, Zach and John. You made the day a great one for the kids and we hope to see you next year.

Truck participants in 2012 included; Lansing START, Lansing Police, Lansing Fire, Two Men and a Truck, U-Haul, D&G Equipment, Southeastern Equipment, WLNS Weather, Hammond Farms, P.J.’s Towing, CATA – Entertainment Express, Meijer, Consumer’s Energy, Shaheen Chevrolet, USPS, Ingham County Sheriff and Shroyer’s.

Mascots; CHIPPY from Ingham County Animal Control, TRUCKIE from Two Men and a Truck and BIG Lug from Lansing Lugnuts made it a fun, fun day.

We may be biased, but the staff at Ingham County Parks really rock. Thanks for all of your help at the event!

Touch a Truck – Hawk Island

The Friends of Ingham County Parks are excited to present Touch a Truck event at Hawk Island Park.

Saturday – October 6 – 11am to 4 pm

$2 kids, $4 adults, $10 family(up to 5 people) Attend and you may win a hot air balloon ride – compliments of ReMax!

Proceeds from the event will support FREE school field trips to Ingham County Parks. In 2011 over 14,000 school children visited our parks.

We have an awesome collection of vehicles for your kids to look at, touch and in some cases “drive”! Great opportunity for really fun pictures.

So many businesses are supporting the event with vehicles on display. Many thanks to Meijer, PJ’s Towing, Shafer’s Landscaping, CATA, Central Ford Truck, City of Lansing Police and Fire, Consumer’s Energy, D&G Equipment, Dean Transportation, Delhi Township Fire, Hammond Farms, ReMax and many, many more!!!

In addition to all of the trucks and equipment there will be a bounce house, straw maze, education animals from Potter Park Zoo and games with prizes. Don’t forget lunch – we’ll have that too!

Snow Park Construction Complete!

The hill is seeded!

Recently, Ingham County contracted with Anderson Fischer & Associates to complete the final grade and seeding of the snow tubing and snow boarding hills! We should soon see some green on the hill which is important not just aesthetically, but will resolve erosion issues.

The County has signed a contract with Ryan Neptune owner of Superparks LLC (Planet), an internationally known figure in the winter sports community for operation of the hill.   Ingham County is fortunate to have a talented industry professional operating Hawk Island Snow Park.