Detroit Gets its First Metroparks Location, Detroit Windsor Tunnel rate increase & More Metro Detroit News

Get the latest metro Detroit news including the first Metroparks location coming to Detroit, a new art pop-up in Ann Arbor, and more.
Huron-Clinton Metroparks Water Garden. // Rendering courtesy of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

Huron-Clinton Metroparks to open first physical location in Detroit.

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Huron-Clinton Metroparks announced the name of one of four main attractions inside of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park — the Metroparks’ first physical location in the city of Detroit.

Detroit Youth Choir gets the golden buzzer on AGT: All Stars.

The choir’s performance of “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons on Jan. 9 earned host Terry Crews’ Golden Buzzer and moved Simon Cowell to tears. Detroit Youth Choir came in second place on America’s Got Talent in 2019.

‘The Plastic Bag Store’ opens in Ann Arbor on Jan. 17.

The pop-up art and film experience aims to show just how bad single-use plastics are for the environment with a display made entirely out of plastic bags and other single-use plastics.

Democrats begin work to repeal Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban.

During their first days in office, Michigan democrats started the process of repealing the law that prohibits abortion except to save the life of the pregnant person. The ban was already overruled after voters passed a constitutional amendment to legalize abortion in November but is still on the books.

Hamtramck City Council approves animal sacrifice for religious reasons.

The city council voted 3-2 the night of Jan. 10 to amend a city ordinance to allow religious sacrifice of animals at home.

The fences at Comerica Park are being moved in for the 2023 season.

The Tigers are moving in their center field 10 feet and lowering the walls in the outfield, center field and right field. The work is expected to be complete by the home opener on April 6. These changes will make the ballpark’s center field the second deepest in the league.

Detroit Windsor Tunnel toll rate to increase.

On Jan. 15, the rates will increase by about $1. The CEO of the tunnel has said that even with the increase, it is still the “most cost-effective way to travel between Detroit and Windsor for all vehicle classes.”

Michigan gets its first rail biking business.

Macie Hefron, a former MDOT employee, has created Wheels on Rails. The business allows for folks to ride bikes on railroad tracks that are no longer used. Wheels on Rails is currently taking reservations for its Memorial Day debut in Traverse City.

Tickets for Movement Music Festival to go on sale soon.

The annual techno party returns May 27-29 at Hart Plaza. Advance tickets for the event are on sale Jan. 18-20.

Detroit Metro Airport ranks No. 2 for on-time departures in 2022.

The airport ranked No. 2 nationally and No. 4 globally on aviation analytics firm Cirium’s report. Of Detroit Metro’s nearly 272,000 flights last year, more than 82 percent of them were on time.

Buy David Bowie-themed pierogi at Pietrzyk Pierogi this month.

To celebrate the late artist’s birthday month, the Detroit-based company will offer five different flavors inspired by some of Bowie’s greatest hits, while supplies last.

Canine to Five prepares to open a second Detroit location.

Canine to Five Eastside will open in April in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood. The 8,000-square-foot-space will include five dog play areas.

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