The City of Wayne Parks & Recreation community center's indoor and outdoor fitness facilities bustle with adults and youth alike as they work toward healthier versions of themselves. Patrons annihilate calories on weight equipment and cardio theaters, along with equipment specifically designed to meet the needs of guests with neuromuscular and hypokinetic conditions. The center also hosts sporty activities within its indoor ice rink, track, and swimming arena, and its outdoor grounds roll out hiking trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, and soccer fields, which also double as covert chariot-racing arenas after midnight.
The certified instructors lead a schedule of fitness classes, which includes hula-hooping, boot camp, and karate, along with one-on-one personal-training sessions, in which they develop customized workout routines tailored to each client. As parents work out, they can leave their youngsters under the supervision of staff members in the interactive Kids Zone, complete with play structures and video games.
The mechanics at Town N Country Bikes work on a steady stream of two wheelers, maintaining old rides, fixing flats, and helping customers find the perfect new bike for their body and lifestyle. Across their two locations, the showrooms are stocked with brand-new road, hybrid, and mountain bikes from brands that include Specialized, Fuji, and KHS, as well as a host of components to upgrade or alter existing cycles. Clients can drop in for tune-ups that range from basic fixes such as truing wheels and brake adjustments to more thorough tunes where cable housing is replaced with cable mansions.
Helmed by a team of expert bike mechanics, Cycle to Fitness outfits riders with cycling apparel and accessories, and keeps their bikes rolling smoothly. The shop stocks a wide range of biking accessories, including tires and brake pads, as well as complete bikes from Schwinn, GT, and Bianchi.
There's a whole world inside HVS Sports. Within 110,000 square feet of space lie arenas for indoor soccer, flag football, dodgeball, basketball, and volleyball. Other environments take you out of Canton entirely—kids can experience lower-gravity fun in bounce houses, and simulations of famous courses take virtual golf games around the globe. Kids can also take sports as seriously (or not) as they like with clinics, summer day camps, and birthday-party packages.
The Hub’s mechanics-in-training (MIT) program teaches high-school-age youth the fundamentals of bicycle maintenance and customer service as part of an apprenticeship. In addition to gaining practical employment experience, MITs develop social and leadership skills by assisting The Hub's educational staff in training children how to repair bikes during the summer Youth Earn-a-Bike program. Young people also receive a small stipend during their tenure as apprentice mechanics. With additional aid, The Hub can support one of their mechanics-in-training for another month beyond the initial summer apprenticeship.
Since May 2008, Wheelhouse Detroit has been offering its customers a healthy and highly efficient new way to see Motown, with guided bike tours traversing the terrains and trails of Detroit. More than 30 bicycle tours are scheduled for the upcoming months, with new tours regularly added. On the "East Riverfront/Downtown/Dequindre Cut" tour on Saturday, May 1, you'll pedal-push 10 miles through the eastern end of RiverWalk, cruising past Gabriel Richard Park, Lafayette Park, downtown Detroit, and the Dequindre Cut, with its bike trail bedecked in city-approved graffiti. The "Architecture" tour, held on Saturday, May 8, is led by architect Brian Hurttienne, who will guide the group through downtown Detroit to explore the relationship between architecture and urban planning, with discussions on famous buildings and the future of Detroit's architecture. Strap on your American-flag shower cap and your freedom flippers for the "Arsenal of Democracy" tour on Saturday, July 3, which examines Detroit's patriotic contributions during World War II with visits to auto factories that were used to assemble weapons for American troops.