Michigan State Parks Mark 90th Anniversary

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May 6, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

Several state parks across Michigan show the signs of aging. 

But officials won't let that stop a proper celebration to mark the state parks system's 90th anniversary. 

Many events are planned — across the state and locally — to mark the milestone on June 20, according to the Port Huron Times-Herald.

Algonac State Park in Clay Township will have a celebration with music, ice cream and art. 

Pondo said there will be vintage cars and boats on display, along with anything else the staff can come up with that is 90 years old. He also is trying to recruit local painters, illustrators and potters to show off their work. 

It will be an all-day celebration, and there will be a "Freighters of the Great Lakes" slide show at the Riverfront Campground from 8 to 10 p.m. 

"(People) are concerned about trees and are pretty demanding that their state parks are taken care of. I'm sure many people will celebrate the system's 90th birthday," Pondo said. "We are just looking for a nice day where people can wander around and enjoy the outdoors." 

The Lakeport State Park in Burtchville Township also will have a celebration June 20. 

Park Supervisor Mark Sine said details have not been ironed out. 

"A lot of people come here because they love the lake and they love the resources," Sine said. "We want to celebrate that."

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