Sterling Heights

Photos: Fall on full display in Sterling Heights

The dropping temperatures didn't diminish a brilliant display of fall colors in Sterling Heights' Dodge Park this season. Metromode photographer Joe Powers was there to capture the impressive scenes.

The renewed park facilities are part of a three-year, $45 million “Recreating Recreation” project which includes a new community center, splash pad, ice rink, farmers market pavilion, amphitheater, and sports grounds.

A child marvels at the autumn leaves along the park's pathways.

The city's parks and recreation director, Kyle Langlois, says he has been impressed by the number of residents making the most of the re-opened park this year.

“We knew we had something special with Dodge Park,” says Langlois, “but I don’t think we had ever fully tapped into the potential of what it could be.”

People aren't the only residents enjoying the quiet of the park.

A revival of interest in preserving and enjoying the Clinton River is not just happening in Sterling Heights. Along the 750 square miles it traverses, communities in Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer and St. Clair counties are looking at the river for its placemaking potential.

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Kate Roff is an award-winning freelance writer and journalism educator, currently based out of Detroit. She is the managing editor of Metromode and Model D. Contact her at