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Welcome Back to Bird Island
Posted: June 30, 2015

We are happy to announce that Bird Island will once again be open to visitors!

If you have visited the estate recently, you have probably noticed a lot of construction going on, and that Bird Island has been closed. That’s all because the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House has taken the first steps towards a comprehensive plan to restore, reconstruct, and rehabilitate the estate to when it was occupied by Edsel and Eleanor Ford and their family. Our project is making the Ford House greener, too!

The Ford House improvement projects include:

  • A new bridge Bird Island to make Ford Cove cleaner! A small portion of the neck of the peninsula was removed to allow water to circulate between the cove and the lake. Water can now circulate through Ford Cove to help prevent algae blooms and make it a better habitat for wildlife and fish.
  • A new, green storm-water management system with an earthy friendly “bioswale” pond at entrance to Bird Island, which cleans run-off naturally before it returns to Lake St. Clair.
  • Replacing our electrical and irrigation systems – the first entirely new systems in 90 years!
  • Expanding the berm system around the perimeter of the property – a project initiated by the Ford Family in the 1970s to protect the estate from floodwaters.

Ford House 2015 Green Projects and Initiatives from Edsel and Eleanor Ford House on Vimeo.

Bird Island has been closed since the winter, but it will reopen to the public on July 8. We invite you to be among the first to walk across the newly installed foot bridge now connecting the island to the mainland.

Come join us from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015, for a celebration on Bird Island! Explore and discover the natural beauty on the island, toast the new bridge, and learn about the important work we are doing to protect and preserve the estate. Food and beverage will be available for sale, and the grounds will be open for free. RSVP here.

On July 7, Ford House members will get access to an exclusive, members-only preview party on July 7. Click here for details and to RSVP.

We look forward to seeing you here at the beautiful Edsel & Eleanor Ford House and showing you all the work we have been doing to restore and protect the estate.

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