Outdoor Fun and Fitness in the Rochester Area

August 2014 Bloomer Park Stairs Sonya Julie

The Great Outdoors  Summer is officially here so grab your gear and head outdoors for a great workout. Exercising outside can increase your motivation and make your workouts more interesting. Research shows spending time outdoors reduces stress and the fresh air releases serotonin in the brain which can put you in a fantastic mood. The scenery can help exercisers from getting bored and outdoor workouts offer more of a full-body workout that can burn more calories. The Rochester area has lots … [Read more...]

Volunteers Needed for Garlic Mustard Pull along the Paint Creek Trail

Volunteers needed for Garlic Mustard Pull along the Paint Creek Trail

Celebrate National Trails Day Volunteers are needed for a Garlic Mustard Pull along the Paint Creek Trail on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Garlic Mustard is a biennial, invasive plant with a two year life cycle that grows in shady areas, and in full sun. It affects biodiversity and forest health by spreading quickly and preventing native plants from growing. It is often spread by humans, bird, deer, and other wildlife. "Garlic mustard is a serious threat to our … [Read more...]

Hometown Hustle Opens Registration

Hometown Hustle Run

Online Registration is Now Open for Rochester Community Schools Foundation 11th Annual Hometown Hustle on May 7 The 5K Hometown Hustle, a treasured community tradition and the signature fundraising event for the Rochester Community Schools Foundation, will be held on Saturday, May 7. The eleventh annual event will again bring the community together to celebrate fitness, family time and fundraising for the Foundation. “The Hometown Hustle is a chip-timed 5K race and fun run/walk.  It … [Read more...]

Sewer Line Work Detour Clinton River Trail in Rochester

Detours Announced for Sewer Work along the Clinton River Trail in Rochester

The City of Rochester selected winter to minimize its impact on trail users. See Detour Map for trail access during construction project. This major infrastructure improvement project will necessitate the temporary closure and approximate one-half mile detour of the Clinton River Trail (CRT) between the popular Letica Trailhead and Mill Street. Trail users will be directed to exit the trail and follow a temporary detour path along Second Street. Read the whole story and see … [Read more...]

Motor City Brew Tours Raises $3,100 for Friends of the Paint Creek Trail

Pictured from left to right: Jim VanDoorn, President of Friends of the Paint Creek Trail, Brian Popelier, “Beer Ranger” with New Belgium Brewing, Jason Peltier, “Beer Dude on Duty” at Clubhouse BFD and Steve Johnson, President of Motor City Bike & Brew Tours.  Photo credit: Chris Gray

On May 2nd, the Motor City Brew Tours held their “Cruisin’ for the Trails” event on the Paint Creek Trail and raised $3,100 for trail improvements. Three hundred and fifty participants rode from Clubhouse BFD in Rochester Hills to the Paint Creek Cider Mill in Oakland Township, where they were greeted with a free can of New Belgium Beer and donuts from the Paint Creek Cider Mill. As part of the event festivities, New Belgium Brewing donated a Fat Tire Bicycle for a raffle that raised $900. … [Read more...]

Tienken-Livernois Intersection Getting Closer to Completion

In their weekly email update, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) estimates that if temperatures rise enough to complete the paving process, then the Tienken-Livernois intersection should be open around Wednesday, November 26. No word on an opening date should temperatures stay on the lower side. The second phase of this project - from Rochester Road to the Paint Creek Trail - will take place in 2015. Additionally, as holiday shopping ramps up around Great Lakes Crossing, be … [Read more...]

RCOC Projects for Oct. 1 through Oct. 8

According to the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC), the following projects may cause traffic delays on roads between Oct. 1 and Oct. 8. Please note: This information is subject to change. Projects can change from day to day, and traffic delays can develop in a matter of minutes due to weather, emergency situations, etc. ROAD:                       Tienken Road, Livernois Road to the Paint Creek Trail Project:                     This … [Read more...]

Eagle Scout Candidate Completes Paint Creek Trail Project

L-R: David Becker, Chairman of the Paint Creek Trailways Commission, and Mike Alspach, Eagle Scout Candidate. Photo credit: Kristen Myers

Eagle Scout Candidate Mike Alspach, from Boy Scout Troop #101 in Rochester Hills, recently completed the Paint Creek Trail Brochure Box Project to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout. Mike raised funds through a can & bottle drive, and made 11 brochure boxes for the Paint Creek Trail. He designed the boxes to double the size of the previous boxes, protect brochures from the elements, all while maintaining the natural look and feel of the Paint Creek Trail. The Paint Creek Trailways Commission … [Read more...]

Updated RCOC projects for August 20 -27

According to a press release from the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC), the following projects may cause traffic delays on roads between Aug. 20 and Aug. 27. It is RCOC’s goal to conduct road improvement projects in a way that interferes with traffic as little as possible. This list includes both Road Commission projects and projects conducted by others, under permit, on roads under the jurisdiction of the Road Commission. Please note: This information is subject to change. … [Read more...]

Paint Creek Trail hosts Labor Day Bridge Walk & Run

Community Members Come Together to “Get Michigan Moving” Unable to travel all the way to Mackinac for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk this year?  The Paint Creek Trailways Commission and Friends of the Paint Creek Trail are offering all community members a chance to participate in a Labor Day Community Walk right in their own backyard. The Paint Creek Trailways Commission and Friends of the Paint Creek Trail are organizing the 9th Annual Paint Creek Trail Labor Day Virtual Bridge … [Read more...]