Detroit Evening Report: Circuit Court reducing operations during NFL Draft; GreenFest at the Zoo and more

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The Coleman A. Young Municipal Center.

The Coleman A. Young Municipal Center.

On this episode of The Detroit Evening Report, stories include the closure of Wayne County’s 3rd Circuit Court, the Michigan Department of Transportation’s household travel survey, GreenFest at the Detroit Zoo and more.

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Circuit Court suspends in-person operations during NFL Draft

Wayne County’s 3rd Circuit Court will temporarily suspend in-person operations next week while NFL Draft activities are underway, according to a court announcement.

Court services will be available remotely from April 22-26 – with normal operations at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center resuming April 29. Other court facilities, including the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, the Lincoln Hall of Justice and the Penobscot Building, will continue normal in-person operations. The NFL Draft is expected to cause significant traffic delays and limit access to downtown Detroit, particularly around Campus Martius and city hall. Road closures on Jefferson near Hart Plaza have already begun. 

MDOT Household travel survey 

The Michigan Department of Transportation is surveying households about their travel habits. MI Travel Counts is meant to help MDOT understand how Michiganders travel and help the department plan projects. The survey collects information like how many people are working from home, how many shop online or in-store, and how rideshare and delivery services are used. Households will be selected randomly and will receive a letter in the mail asking them to complete the survey. It can be taken online, by phone or through a smartphone app. Participants will be eligible for a $10 or $20 gift card.

Outdoor Adventure Center Community Open House

The Outdoor Adventure Center is having a community open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday April 18. The OAC offers “adventures,” hands-on exhibits and simulators to replicate Michigan’s outdoor experiences indoors. Admission is free. The Outdoor Adventure Center is located at 1801 Atwater downtown.  

GreenFest at the Detroit Zoo

Visitors to the Detroit Zoo this weekend can celebrate Earth Day and earn a free admission. During the zoo’s GreenFest it will collect recyclable electronics and offer free admission to each driver who brings an item to recycle. TVs, printers, computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets, holiday lights, cords, wires, DVD and VHS players, batteries, radios, small electronics and small appliances will be accepted. The first 250 groups to arrive either Saturday or Sunday will also receive a bucket of Zoo Poo – compost created from zoo waste and manure. Admission to the zoo is $21 for kids and $24 for adults. Parking is $8. 

Earth Day at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle is celebrating Earth Day with free Admission on Sunday, April 21. The museum is partnering with Michigan State University’s Science Festival to offer an afternoon of family-friendly activities. Rumor has it sea lampreys will make a special appearance. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Dossin’s address is 100 The Strand on Belle Isle.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.