Island Park

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Exploration Badge
Part of the SummerGame2017 Game

This week we’re traveling to Island Park right on the Huron River. It’s a great spot for a BBQ and it’s right in the middle of town. This explorer badge is 100% accessible from the parking lot. It’s a flat park with a mixture of paved & gravel paths and bridges. The park is off Maiden Lane - use this map

If you able to park in the first section of the parking lot where you will see the first covered picnic shelter. Make your way to the pale blue/grey bridge. To the right of the bridge entrance find the brown sign about NOT feeding the ducks and geese at the park. Read the sign and find the fourth reason listed for NOT feeding the birds. Your first game code is the last word in that sentence and what we want to avoid spreading.

Go to the bridge entrance and find the round marker from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Your second game code is the last word in the curve along the top after “Centennial’

Now cross the bridge and turn right and make your way to the Greek Revival style shelter which is a very popular spot for photography and weddings. Built in 1905 by John Koch, the stucco shelter features slim Ionic columns in its semi-circular portico, a dentiled cornice, classical pilasters, and decorative trim all fitting within in the classical revival style Locate the Ann Arbor Historic Building marker on the front. Your third game code is the word SHELTER plus the year listed on the marker.

After you finish checking out the area around the Greek Shelter make your way left towards the white playground you see in the distance. Once you get to the playground (and stop and look at the Huron river to your right on the way) locate the slide and the counting fruit/vegetable game underneath it. Your fourth game code is the word LEMONS plus the # of them on the spinner. BONUS fifth code- what fruit is in between the watermelon and strawberries on the left? Use the plural:

There is a bridge to the right and to the left of the playground - if you want to check out the other side of the river (and get a view of it) and explore the other side of the river take your time, but the rest of this badge takes the bridge to the left of the playground. After you take the left bridge take in the pretty views as you make your way back to the parking lot and off the island. You will see the bathrooms & a drinking fountain to your left - take the sidewalk to the right towards the bright red canoe art (while you are here you can earn this 2015 badge check out all the 2015 Arbor Explorer Badges to earn all of the Canoe Art badges badges

Pass the canoe art and locate the bench just past the canoes near the river access. Your sixth game code is the full name (including middle initial) of the person who is memorialized here. Now find the green Island Park Access sign. Your seventh game code is the # of miles to Lake Erie from here. Use all 3 digits minus the decimal point.

That’s it for the official part of this badge, but hopefully while you are here you will explore more! If you are up for a strenuous hike you’re also at the bottom of the Cedar Bend Nature Area. The trails can be accessed from below and from above off of Cedar Bend Drive (off of Broadway at the top of the hill). The trails are steep and can be very muddy and slippery so be prepared

600 SummerGame2017 point bonus when earned

This badge has been awarded to 377 players

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