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Catch a behind-the-scenes look at the ongoing redevelopment of Historic Barns Park on Saturday, October 5 from 10am-2pm. Open to the public, the free “Walk in the Park” Open House is a great opportunity to learn more about park projects and activities.
Once the agricultural area for the former Traverse City State Hospital, Historic Barns Park is being redeveloped into a unique multi-use public park that includes space for agriculture, horticulture, recreation, education and community events.
The 56-acre park is owned and managed by the joint Traverse City/Garfield Township Recreational Authority, with management and programming assistance from two community nonprofit organizations, the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park and SEEDS. The park is also home to a large community garden. Docents and representatives from park programs are on hand throughout the event to give tours and answer questions. Maps and directions for self-guided tours are also available. Specific programming includes:
10:30am: Welcoming remarks and brief park overview, Traverse City/Garfield Township Recreational Authority
11am: Agricultural overview, SEEDS
11:15am: Community Garden overview
Historic Barns Park sits on the northwest corner of the intersection of Silver Lake Road and Franke Road/Silver Drive. Day-of-event parking is available at the nearby Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) on Red Drive, or at Copper Ridge. Shuttles are available between the park and TBAISD. For more information, visit www.historicbarnspark.com or call 231.929.3696.