During the week of September 20 – 27, the Southfield City Centre Trail is the ideal venue for the Michigan Trails Week Challenge, a statewide event that encourages trail users to walk, hike, run and cycle on thousands of miles of trails throughout Michigan.
Participants can register, then hit the trail on foot or bicycle and log miles on the Michigan Trails Week Challenge website to earn badges and be entered in a drawing to win outdoor gear and Michigan-branded prizes. The event is free.
Joined by thousands of miles of local, county and federally managed trails and pathways, the Southfield City Centre Trail’s accessibility makes it a convenient place to log miles during the Michigan Trails Week Challenge.
“We always encourage people to seek out nature that is nearby and remind everyone that we can all recreate in our own backyard,” says Andrea LaFontaine, executive director of the Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance, which has partnered with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to sponsor the challenge. “During COVID-19, we have found that people are staying close to home and still discovering new places. We like the idea that people can include Southfield into the local trail system in southeast Michigan.”
A significant segment of the Southfield City Centre Trail system was finished this fall, marking completion of a 2.75-mile stretch of the main greenway segment, which links into a full 7.75-mile trail system in the City Centre district. The trail system has transformed a largely vehicle-centric corridor into a safe and welcoming place for nonmotorized traffic.
“By completing this portion of the trail, we have reached a milestone of our own and we are excited to encourage participants of the Michigan Trails Week Challenge to explore the trail and find out what the district has to offer,” says Terry Croad, director of planning with the City of Southfield. Strategically placed benches, bike repair stations, public art installations — including iconic Red Pole Park — and numerous wayfinding amenities welcome pedestrians and cyclists to the trail.
“The challenge is a fun way for City Centre residents and people working at businesses in City Centre to get out and enjoy some beautiful fall weather, get to know the district, and walk the newest portions of the trail along the Lawrence Tech University corridor of Northwestern Highway,” says Croad. “Students who have just returned to LTU, as well as faculty and staff, will especially enjoy taking part in this challenge event.”
Learn more about the Michigan Trails Week Challenge at www.michigan.org/event/michigan-trails-week-challenge. Learn more about the Southfield City Centre and download a trail map at www.southfieldcitycentre.com.
The Perfect Time to Join the Southfield City Centre Bikeshare Movement? RIGHT NOW.Special Annual Membership Price until May 1, 2019!
Spring is the time when every bird, flower, rabbit, squirrel, and blade of grass is calling you to shed your winter coat and get out into the glorious fresh air. What better way to enjoy all that spring has to offer than by experiencing the Southfield City Centre on two wheels?
The Southfield City Centre’s Zagster bikeshare stations are ready to roll! It’s time to:
And REPEAT. With an annual membership, you can ride whenever you want.
Roll up and down Evergreen Road, traverse the City Centre’s 7.75 miles of urban trail system, visit the public art installations, ride through Red Pole Park, grab a smoothie and a sandwich, visit nearby Lawrence Tech… the possibilities are endless.
All bikes are trendy, easy-to-ride cruiser models with adjustable seats, automatic front and rear lights, fenders, and chain guards to keep your legs and clothing clean. The City Centre even has a three-wheeled version for accessible use by those who need a little more stability.
Here’s how your Zagster bikeshare works:
- Find one of seven Zagster bikeshare stations along the Southfield City Centre Trail system.
- Download the Zagster app on your smartphone.
- Find your bike’s number and enter it into the app to unlock your bike.
- RIDE and HAVE FUN!
- Return your bike to any Zagster bikeshare station along the trail.
- You can park and lock your bike at any public bike rack mid-ride. See the app for full directions. (Just remember to return your bike at a Zagster station at the very end of your ride.)
With an annual membership purchased during our SPRING BIKESHARE PROMOTION*, you can begin riding for just $15 – that’s $10 off the regular annual membership price. (See below for full details.)
An annual membership is not required to ride, but once you try it, you’ll be hooked. Your annual membership means all trips under TWO HOURS are free, then just $2 per hour up to $20 per ride.
Without a membership, the cost is $2 per hour, up to $20 per ride.
Become part of the micro-mobility movement. Get your annual Zagster bikeshare membership today.
*SPRING BIKESHARE PROMOTION details:
Go to bike.zagster.com/southfield
Use code Spring19
Pay $15 ($10 off regular price of annual membership)
Promotion only valid until 5/1/2019
Southfield City Centre is the new venue for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Take Steps Walk on June 9, 2018. The family-friendly walk will cover 2.6 miles across the City Centre’s walkable district, with the opportunity of a one-mile shortcut, for those who want a shorter distance.
Walk organizers feel the City Centre is perfectly suited for the event, according to Sarah Arminiak, Take Steps manager for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. “Southfield City Centre is hands-down beautiful, like a park in the middle of an urban city. The walking route is gorgeous, and highlights benches, plants, flowers, art, and wide sidewalks,” Arminiak says.
Participants will travel across metro Detroit and other areas of Michigan to attend the event, and will benefit from the City Centre’s easy freeway access.
The event’s continual growth over the years gave organizers the opportunity to seek a new location for the 2018 tenth anniversary event. “We came and looked at Southfield and were sold within a minute,” says Arminiak. Up to 1,500 participants and 100 volunteers will enjoy the ample space and welcoming vibe of the City Centre district.
Before the walk begins, a festival on the Civic Center lawn will provide entertainment and information. Hosted booths will share latest medical treatments and common challenges faced by those with inflammatory bowel disease. Attendees can “ask the doctor” with staff from Henry Ford Health System’s IBD center, and get nutritional information from Medical Weight Loss Clinic. Face painting, crafts, inflatables, and a photo booth will be available for families to enjoy.
In addition to raising funds, the event will spread awareness of inflammatory bowel disease. “We encourage people to come and learn more about how IBD is a skin issue, a fatigue issue, and an autoimmune issue,” Arminiak says.
Crohn’s & Coitis Foundation Take Steps Walk, June 9, 9:00 a.m. check in, 10:30 a.m. walk. Southfield Civic Center Complex. More info here, or call 248-737-0900 ext.6.
Lawrence Technological University will return to the gridiron for the first time in 72 years on Saturday, September 1, when LTU’s new football team takes on Oakland University’s club team.
LTU’s 2018 schedule features four home games that will be played on-campus in Southfield at the LTU Athletic Field, along 10 Mile Road west of Evergreen Road.
Following the Blue Devils’ opening rumble with the 2014 National Club Football Association Champions, the Golden Grizzlies, the Blue and White cross state lines for a trip to Milwaukee, Wis., to face off with Wisconsin Lutheran on Sept. 8.
Season tickets to all four home games, plus the spring Blue vs. White game on April 22, are available for only $40 on LTUAthletics.com.
In addition to access through the gate, season ticket holders will receive an exclusive gift from the Lawrence Tech football program.
Current LTU students will have free admission to home games. Students wishing to purchase the season pass, however, will receive full ticket holder benefits as well as the official 2018 Blue Devil Football student section shirt.
LTU will play a full schedule in the fall of 2019 as a member of the Mid- States Football Association of the NAIA.