For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum Potter Road Entrance Closed

Visitors to For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum may notice construction equipment moving into place starting May 2 near the Potter Road entrance to the park.

The Genesee County Drain Commission will be performing some work along an existing easement within For-Mar over the coming weeks to install an underground water supply line. The Potter Road entrance to the park will remain closed until the work is complete.

Crews are coordinating their work closely with Genesee County Parks staff to ensure the protection of the environment at For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum. At the completion of the project, the Potter Road entrance drive back to the DeWaters Center will be paved to improve accessibility for park patrons.

When you visit For-Mar over the next few weeks please avoid areas under construction and obey all closure signs to ensure your safety.


Off Leash Dog Area at Flushing County Park

Work is underway for an off leash dog area at Flushing County Park.  Once finished, park users will be able to enjoy a fenced off leash dog area with two separate areas (one for small dogs and one for all dogs) around an existing pavilion toward the North end of the park.  Users will notice fencing work taking place now.


Byram Lake Public Boat Launch

The Byram Lake Public Boat Launch is open only April 22 – April 30, 2017 & Oct. 7 – Oct. 15, 2017. 8am – sunset.


464 Steam Engine Repairs

At this time the steam locomotive at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, engine 464, is undergoing repair. ***Normal train runs will continue to take place with our diesel engine while these repairs are completed. ***

Large machinery of its age takes the dedication and attention of a knowledgeable staff to maintain it and keep things running smoothly. When the railroad staff noticed a bearing overheating over the last weekend, the engine was immediately taken out of service and our Diesel engine began making runs. After a thorough inspection, the cause of the bearing overheating was found to be the bearing box on the left side of the axle seized in the frame, causing an unequal loading (distribution of weight) across the engine. Over time, the shoes and wedges in the bearing box eroded, creating a surface that increasingly grabbed the surface of the box until it stuck. The railroad staff is currently re-machining the bearing surface, machining a replacement shoe and wedge, removing material deposited on the box faces and replacing the necessary liners before reassembling the engine and checking that is was the only issue. This work is being performed alongside the ongoing restoration of our steam engine 152.