Blog: Bryan Farmer

Did you know that parks and open space comprise 38 percent of London's footprint? Successful cities know green means a better quality of life and a healthier population. Bryan Farmer, recreation superintendent for the city of Farmington Hills, blogs about next week's No Child Left Inside Summit and the city's commitment to outdoor programming.

Post 2: Life in Farmington Hills - The Impact

It was a few years ago when an older woman came up to me and made a point to say thank you.  She thanked me for coordinating a hot air balloon trip that she went on a couple of weeks earlier.  She had always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride, one of her goals in life.  Two months after that trip, the woman passed away.

On more than one occasion, entire families have been confronted at outdoor events with the question, "How do you roast a marshmallow?"  Since offering the Great Farmington Hills Campout, over 1,500 people have camped in Heritage Park and a number of people have tried camping in their backyards or neighborhood common areas.  About half the people attending the event were camping for the first time.  

On March 26, Princesses and Super Heroes Fantasy Fun Night will take place at the Costick Center, where over 400 kids and parents will spend an evening out doing something a little out of the ordinary.  Those little boys and girls who run around the house all winter in their favorite princess or super hero costumes will have the opportunity to wear them in public.  It's events like this that create memories and add to the quality of life in a community.

Farmington Hills Special Services provides opportunities for people to experience life, create memories, improve health, and meet others.  Farmington Hills offers events throughout the entire year, for people of all ages.  Some of the events include the Summer Concert Series (every Thursday in the summer), Longacre House Cooking Show (select Thursdays), Art on the Grand (6/5-6/6/10), Great Farmington Hills Campout (6/12-6/13/10), Car Show (6/19/10), Thrive Festival (6/26/10), Optimist Club Fishing Day (7/24/10), Marshmallow Fly & Fry (8/24/10), Fall Classic Skateboard Competition (9/25/10), Hay Day (10/5/10), and Live & Local (12/4/10) Click here for more event details.