Photographer's Note

My first posted night photo is of our community center. There is a lack of things of TE subject matter that would be photographable at night. But this in a way fits into showing a bit of this part of the world. It also matches with a recent post of Norbert's which shows how similar needs are met in two centuries.

The official name of the facility is Dearborn's Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. It was built only a few years ago and was a expansion on the original civic center complex. The addition doubled the floorspace and added several new features and became one of the largest community centers in the United States.

The original civic center had meeting rooms and a large "dome" room for large gatherings. The addition added a large recreation center that includes a large leisure pool, a lap pool, two gymnasiums, two full sized basketball courts and two vollyball courts. There is also a dance and aerobic area, a weight and fitness area, a 30 foot climbing wall and a 3 lane track that is 1/11 of a mile around. All of which is indoors.

On the exterior are soccer fields, a large pond, a baseball diamond and a walking track.

In this near end of the building, under the large glass box is a 1200 seat theatre that is able to host all kind of productions and musical events. A smaller theatre and the old "dome" room and meeting rooms complete the center making it a multi-purpose structure. Anything from birthday parties and weddings to large scale shows to working out can be found happening here.

It was a 43 million dollar project and money was donated by the omnipresent Ford Motor Company whose headquarters is a quarter mile down the road. It has become the latest thing stamped with the Ford name here in Henry Ford's hometown.

In connecting this to Norbert's photo "The Opera" one can see how theatre construction has changed over the centuries. The fountain and pond reminded made a link for me even though how the performing arts needs were met in two totally different types of designs. From a very elegant building we have come down to generic glass boxes.

In the workshop I'm placing a photo taken about 40 minutes earlier to show it in more light.

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