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The House and Senate are in recess for the summer months. They will have a limited calendar for the remainder of the year. This will make movement of legislation such as HB 5232 much more difficult. We have learned that interest may be waning by those originally pushing the bill. This is positive news and we are thrilled that opposition efforts have had such a tremendous impact! We thank you for your outstanding support over the past several months. MHPN continues to keep a close eye on any mention of HB 5232 being referred into another committee and the possibility of lame duck vote.


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Tom Berlucchi, Historic Fort Wayne Coalition, 248.840.5234

David John Goldstein, National Park Service, 313.506.5959

Chrystal Wilson, Detroit Public Schools, 313.870.3895


Metro Detroit Area Launches Every Kid in a Park Program

DPS Fourth Graders Invited to Historic Fort Wayne,

and their Families are Eligible for Free Access to Federal Lands and Waters Nationwide


DETROIT – Historic Fort Wayne is helping launch the Every Kid in a Park program in Michigan as part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them.


4,000 Detroit Public School fourth graders are invited to participate in an Every Kid in a Park event during the Spring and Fall of 2016.  The event kicks off at Historic Fort Wayne Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, June 3, with 2,000 students.


“We are pleased to be working with the National Park Foundation and Detroit’s Recreation Department to be the first site to offer this worthwhile program,” said Tom Berlucchi, Chairman of the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition, the nonprofit volunteer group responsible for preserving the history of the 83-acre site at 6325 W. Jefferson Ave. in the city’s Delray neighborhood. “Our collaboration with Detroit Public Schools will allow their fourth graders to get outside and enjoy a great educational experience.”


Michigan fourth graders, as well as kids around the country, can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests and wildlife refuges. The pass is valid through August 31, 2016 and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites.


Locally, the Michigan Science Center (now through October 2016) is recognizing the printed pass for fourth graders to view the IMAX film ‘National Parks Adventure’ free of charge with a paid Science Center admission. See for details.


Historic Fort Wayne’s regular public hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday each weekend now through Sunday, October 30. Secured parking is $5 per vehicle and admission is free. Guided tours of the Historic Fort Wayne complex are also be offered each day priced at $5 for adults and free for children under 12.  The guided tours include the Star Fort and barracks built in the 1840s, as well as the Spanish-American War Guard House. For more information on special events and activities at Historic Fort Wayne during 2016, visit

The kick-off event is sponsored by the City of Detroit Recreation Department and the National Park Foundation and is being hosted by the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition and several partner organizations.  Partners include: All Nations Veterans Council, the Detroit City Council Historic Planning Board, the Detroit Historical Society, Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Historic Preservation Network, MotorCities National Heritage Area, the National Museum of the Tuskegee Airmen, Sierra Club-IOC, and Wayne State University-Anthropology Department.  The United States Army Corps of Engineers, the United States Forest Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service are all participating as supporting federal agencies.




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