Memorial Park in Royal Oak, a Neighborhood Gem
A Park That Lives Up to Its Name
Not exactly what you’d expect to find at the intersection of two major urban crossroads. In every direction a city is busy getting somewhere. Yet there it is, Memorial Park, a 24-acre oasis of calm green resting peacefully on Woodward Ave. Beyond the perimeter lies an appealing mix of recreational fields — softball diamonds, tennis courts, a football field — plus picnic and playground equipment. Originally opened in 1939 when much of the area was rural, Memorial Park makes for a fun, convenient family retreat in an otherwise busy neighborhood.
Big things are planned for the next stage of the park’s life. Memorial Park will be home to The Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial. The memorial will honor all Michigan residents who served in the armed forces during the Second World War. A nearly one-acre parcel has been donated by the city where an oval shaped structure will be erected. The central grassy area can be used for concerts and picnics, or an ice rink in winter. Other features will include a granite walkway with 13 symbolic columns, plus statues representing the different branches of service. Planning and development is underway and the projected completion date is in 2020. See the Memorial Plans here.
Hot Spots: Cruising Woodward from Royal Oak to Bloomfield Hills
Cruising Woodward. It was a summertime right of passage for generations. The route included stops at numerous drive-ins from Royal Oak to Bloomfield Hills: the Totem Pole, Suzie Q’s, Ted’s Drive Inn and many others were all hot spots. While the drive-ins are gone cruising remains a popular pastime, especially in August when the Woodward Dream Cruise hits town. In fact, the Dream Cruise has become t1he world’s largest car cruise attracting more than 1.5 million visitors. Given Memorial Park’s location on Woodward at 13 Mile Rd. it’s at the epicenter of this giant car party. You’ll get an eye full of muscle cars, street rods, custom cars, collector vehicles and just plain old cars out for a fantastic day of cruising. It’s a spectacle that only the Motor City could create. Cruise here to find out about next year’s event.