With the ability to still get outside during the Stay Home. Stay Safe. order, our staff have been checking out nearby outdoor spaces! We've asked each of them to document their experience -- take a look below to see where we've been exploring!
While I do enjoy the extra minutes in bed and conducting work in the comfort of my home, but like many, this new normalcy has certainly required more mental decompression and some much-needed fresh air. Living on the east side of Bay City there are a few nearby spots that I’ve visited.
The first being the park across the street from my house. The sidewalk square surrounding it measures out to be about a third of a mile. When it’s fairly warm or the sun is shining I like to walk or jog a few laps around the square. A few weeks back, one of the neighboring families made a sidewalk chalk display that featured some positive messages. I appreciate having this public space literally outside my door and well taken care of by the city and my neighborhood.
Early on in the Stay Home order, I visited the Golson Nature Area which is owned and primarily maintained by the city with consulting and invasive removal in partnership with the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy. The nature area is a little over 40-acres with trails surrounding a large wetland area. This space is a hidden gem in Bay City, not many locals realize its existence. I may however be biased as this space has personal significance with it being the sight where I had my wedding photos captured last fall!