With spring just around the corner, it’s high time Michiganders emerge from this year’s long winter. In Traverse City, the Parks and Recreation Network wants to encourage us to do just that by reminding us of all the activities the Grand Traverse region has to offer at the GT REC Experience Expo.
The Parks and Recreation Network is an organization dedicated to providing information about various recreation opportunities in the NWLP area. Members of the PRN will be on site at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center on April 28th to exhibit and demonstrate recreational activities to attendees. Sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, and bike safety are just a few of the demonstrations that will be available at the expo.
“The GT REC Experience Expo is the perfect venue to showcase how remarkable it is to live in a beautiful area with a wide variety of year-round recreational opportunities offered by fantastic parks and recreation organizations,” said Erith Welch, Expo Committee Chair and Parks and Recreation Office Coordinator. And Miss Welch is absolutely right! The public will be able to speak with representatives from TART Trails, the Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, and many other members of the network to gain inspiration on how to get out, be active, and enjoy the beauty offered by Northwest Lower Michigan.
The expo will also be kicking off an exciting event sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan: The Big Green Gym Blue’s Challenge! The event may sound familiar to some – in February, we brought you a story about the Winter Warm-Up, another BCBSM Challenge. This time the challenge is directed at residents in Marquette, Traverse City, and Kalamazoo. The idea is for members of each participating community to get out and be active and log their activity hours online over the course of the competition. The winning community will be the one with the most logged hours between April 28th and June 22nd – and will receive $10,000 toward health and wellness investments in their area. At the GT REC Expo, attendees will have the best the region has to offer to help jump start Team Grand Traverse!
For more information about these exciting events, contact Erith Welch at Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation at (231) 922-4818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Erica Starr, Contributing Writer