Outdoor Fun In Forest Hills- Still New at Posting!

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Real Estate Agent with Five Star Real Estate

     

I recently took an afternoon off for the soul purpose of taking in some of the new and exciting developments in the Forest Hills area, east of Grand Rapids. I am not talking about housing developments. I am talking about recreational developments. As I meandered my way heading south on Grand River Dr. (between Knapp and E. Fulton), I was surprised to see how beautiful the new bike/walking path is going to be. It is almost finished with some stretches fully useable.                                                             

As I followed this gorgeous stretch of road and path, I was noticing how the developers did such a great job of making the path blend in and compliment the nature alongside it. There were sections of wooden boardwalk and bridges where the path wound through wetland areas. There were sections that provided scenic stops. One area in particular had a small covered bridge that you can bike or walk through. It was very inviting. I found myself wishing I would have had my bike along with me. 

A nice place to stop along that stretch is the new Roselle Park. It was then that I was faced with another regret. The long and winding asphalt path that headed towards field and woods was calling me, but I had no walking shoes. So there I went heals and all on one of the most beautiful walk ways I have been on in a long time. This Ada Township Park has 247 acres of property that when complete will also include a canoe landing, playground, pavilion, picnic area and fishing pond. What more could you want?

As you begin the trek you can't help but notice 2 recycled and renovated silos. One of them has a winding stairway that goes to the top, complete with a look out platform.  I have been told that this will soon be opening for the public. Later on down the asphalt trek I saw an amazing observation deck overlooking a gorgeous field where birds and animals can be viewed. Finally, you arrive alongside The Grand River in all her beauty.  The trail does not stop there, as it continues winding its way through woods and field and on back to the parking area. It was such a beautiful hike. I can't wait to walk or run this trail again, only not in high heals the next time. I have blisters to remind me of that.

 

If you live in the area or plan to make a visit to Grand Rapids, I hope you have an opportunity to see and experience this pathway and Roselle Park, I would encourage you to check it out. It is well worth a drive and a quiet long walk.

Today as I look out my office window (only a week since I took these photos),  there is snow on the ground, but don't let the winter weather keep you away. This area would be a most spectacular walk blanketed with white snow. Ada Township's plans are to keep the bike/walking path along Grand River Dr. plowed during the winter season. If you would like to know more about the Forest Hills or Greater Grand Rapids area please contact me by email at sueprins@grar.com or visit me at my website at www.sueprins.com

                

Get out there and enjoy the day!! Do what I did and take time off to appreciate the beauty of the Forest Hills area.

 

 

All Photography- By Sue Prins

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Daniel Sundberg
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Absolutely amazing work with the pictures Sue!  Still new to posting my....... 

Great Job! 

Dec 03, 2007 05:19 PM #1
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Lola Audu
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Sue, this was a wonderful blog! I would suggest you post it to Localism as well.  I felt I was right there with you enjoying the walk! :)
Dec 03, 2007 09:15 PM #2
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Sue Prins
Five Star Real Estate - Forest Hills, MI
Realtor- Greater Grand Rapids, MI

Lola,Thanks so much for the nice comment. It took me quite a while to get it right. Unless I did something wrong, I think I did post this to localism. Which group did you read it from?

 

Dec 03, 2007 09:22 PM #3
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Sue Prins
Five Star Real Estate - Forest Hills, MI
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Hey Dan! You are Funny! What you don't know is that it took me all day to get this post up. I still am learning the ropes. Thanks for the comment! I appreciate your reading it. I will visit your blog again soon.
Dec 03, 2007 09:26 PM #4
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Larry Hammelman
Mel Foster Co. - Sterling, IL
Sterling, Illinois Real Estate

Great post Sue, the pictures show just how great this area is going to be. Makes me want to step in and go for a walk.  Thanks.

Dec 04, 2007 02:24 AM #5
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Sue Prins
Five Star Real Estate - Forest Hills, MI
Realtor- Greater Grand Rapids, MI

Hi Larry- Thanks for your nice comment about the pictures. I love taking pictures anyways but the subject matter sure makes a difference. This area was easy to shoot. Beauty everywhere I turned.

Have an awesome day!

Dec 04, 2007 06:38 PM #6
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Hi Sue, I saw it in the Greater Grand Rapids Real Estate Group and the Post to Localism.  This Group is different than posting it to the Localism website which can be accessed by inputting Consumers when you edit your blog and then clicking down to input the areas and city in question.
Dec 05, 2007 06:50 PM #7
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Mary Bigelow
GLREA - Coopersville, MI
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Hi Sue, Thanks for taking me for a good walk today. I only wish I had burned calories while I was at it! You take beautiful photos and do an excellent job describing what you see! It is no wonder you are successful!
Dec 06, 2007 12:54 AM #8
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Robert L. Brown
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Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Michigan
Great pics. Makes me want to head there right now. Oops. I have appointments to go to.
Dec 06, 2007 09:37 AM #9
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Sue Prins
Five Star Real Estate - Forest Hills, MI
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Hi Mary! So nice to meet you on my blog. I am glad you got to take a walk on my post today. Funny what you said about the calories. I also want to thank you for the complements. You are too kind. I will visit your blog soon.

 

Dec 06, 2007 09:55 PM #10
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Sue Prins
Five Star Real Estate - Forest Hills, MI
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Lola- I remember when we worked on this in our last class but I was confused about why we did it the way we did instaed of just posting it on localism through activerain.  I think I understand now. I will try to remember the steps. Thanks Lola, you are such a blessing.
Dec 06, 2007 10:00 PM #11
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Sue Prins
Five Star Real Estate - Forest Hills, MI
Realtor- Greater Grand Rapids, MI
Hey Robert! Make sure you do take time off to smell the ... snow?  Life is too short. Thanks for your comment!
Dec 06, 2007 10:02 PM #12
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Mary Kent
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids to the Lake Shore

Hey Sue~

Great post! You did a absolute beautiful job with your photos! Can you give me some lessons:)

Dec 08, 2007 07:34 PM #13
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