the field, from batting practice and challenges to customized carnivals with games
When the games are done, groups can
turn their attention to volunteering, and
participate in corporate social responsibility projects. Grand Rapids has a number
of opportunities, such as tree planting and
park improvement with the Grand Rapids
Urban Forest Project, or building and repairing homes with the Inner City Christian
Federation or Habitat for Humanity.
Located three hours from Detroit, the
Muskegon area has some once-in-a-life-
time options for team events. In the colder
months, the Muskegon Winter Sports
Complex features plenty to bond attend-
ees, from skate rentals and ice rinks to
cross-country skiing and a real luge track,
one of only four in the country.
Other options include golf tournaments
at Stonegate Golf Club or Lincoln Golf
Club, or app-based races and scavenger
hunts at Michigan’s Adventure, the state’s
largest amusement and waterpark. The
park also offers customized teambuilding
with a Retro Game Show, where partici-
pants answer pop culture or meeting-spe-
cific trivia questions, and Tower Above
the Rest, a construction challenge where
participants race to build objects with the
“Since we’re primarily an outdoor recre-
ational destination, most teambuilding
opportunities in the Traverse City area—
even the educational, cultural and volun-
teer-oriented ones—tend to be focused
on the great outdoors,” said Tori Piersante,
vice president for Traverse City Tourism.
“In recent years, for instance, attendees at
one natural resources conference helped
with local beach restoration efforts, while
another group toured the upper Boardman
River by kayak to learn about a project to
remove outdated hydroelectric dams and
restore the stream’s natural flow.”
“It’s a form of adventure that lends itself
particularly well to teambuilding, since
there are a great many tasks to perform,
from hoisting and lowering the sails to
steering the vessel,” she said.
Available options include the Traverse
Tall Ship Company, which includes the
114-foot Manitou, and the Inland Seas
Education Association, which offers sails
aboard the Inland Seas or Utopia.
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➜ Work continues in the $1.2 billion
development known as The District
Detroit ( www.districtdetroit.com),
which spans 50 blocks with businesses, parks, restaurants, bars and attractions. The first attraction to open will
be Little Caesars Arena, slated to debut
this summer. The arena will be home
to the Detroit Pistons and Red Wings,
as well as feature concerts, festivals
and community areas like an outdoor
plaza and an on-site practice rink for
amateur hockey use.
➜ The QLINE ( http://m-1rail.com) will
start operations this spring. The city’s
modern street car will travel north
and south on both sides of Woodward
Avenue for 3. 3 miles between Larned
Street and W. Grand Boulevard. The
line is expected to jumpstart development in the area.
➜ The Cobo Center ( www.cobocenter.
com) recently completed a $279
million renovation, including the
40,000-square-foot Grand Riverview
Ballroom, an in-house broadcast studio
and a three-story glass atrium.
➜ The historic Detroit Fire Department
Headquarters building is currently
undergoing a complete renovation and
will open as the Foundation Hotel (www.
detroitfoundationhotel.com) this spring.
➜ Luxury goods maker Shinola and Dan
Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate development company recently began
construction on the first-ever Shinola
Hotel ( www.bedrockdetroit.com). The
130-room facility will open in 2018.
➜ The Wurlitzer Building downtown is currently under a complete renovation, and
will become a 100-room hotel slated to
open in 2018.
➜ Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
( www.starwoodhotels.com) announced
its Element Hotels brand will open a
110-room hotel in Detroit’s long-vacant
Metropolitan Building in July 2018.
➜ Furniture and home decor retailer West
Elm ( www.westelm.com) will open a
120-room boutique hotel and West Elm
store in 2018.
➜ The Fairfield Inn & Suites Lansing at
Eastwood ( www.marriott.com/landt)
recently opened with 101 guest rooms
and 15 suites. The facility also offers a
fitness center and pool.
➜ The Hyatt Place Lansing/Eastwood
Towne Center ( www.lansingeastwood.
place.hyatt.com) recently opened with
125 rooms and five suites.
➜ A new concert venue, 20 Monroe Live
( www.20monroelive.com), opened in
February. The venue will host a variety
of concerts and performances.
➜ Drury Inn & Suites Grand Rapids (www.
druryhotels.com) opened late last year
with 180 suites and more than 5,000
square feet of flexible meeting space.