Department of Natural Resources
May 13, 2019
DNR officials will help cut the ribbon on Interlochen State Park's all-new accessible kayak launch
|To help celebrate 100 years of Michigan state parks, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host a centennial kickoff event geared toward families in the Grand Traverse region at what is considered Michigan's first state park.
The Michigan state parks centennial is centered around the state Legislature's formation of the Michigan State Park Commission May 12, 1919. Interlochen State Park, located at 4167 M-137 in Interlochen, is considered Michigan’s first state park because it was the first to be transferred to the commission.
|The afternoon offers many fun options:
During the open house, DNR Director Dan Eichinger, DNR Parks and Recreation Chief Ron Olson, Lighthouse Adaptive Sports Program representatives and other DNR staff will ceremonially "cut the ribbon" on Interlochen's all-new accessible kayak launch – a great addition to Interlochen's recreation offerings, as well as a symbol of Michigan state parks' next 100 years.
The brief event will start at 12:45 p.m. near the park's picnic shelter.
The DNR is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Michigan state parks system throughout 2019. The yearlong Michigan state parks centennial is a nod to state parks' rich history and an energizing look forward. This milestone year will be marked with special events, podcasts, historical stories, videos, a geocaching tour and more. Follow the fun at Michigan.gov/StateParks100.
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