The perfect proponent of the natural approach was landscape architect Ossian Cole Simonds, who designed this park. An pioneer of "natural landscaping," Simonds was more important in his day than his now-famous contemporary Jens Jensen. However, fire and changes destroyed most of Simonds' designs, and his work has been largely lost.
Simonds used viewpoints, paths, and buildings to frame and highlight the natural environment. He did not rearrange natural elements or grade land to enhance nature as a romantic composition. Simonds was well known for nature-based cemeteries, parks, and subdivisions, including Palmer Woods in Detroit, with its winding drives, huge oaks, and stately Tudor homes.
Today's Henes Park offers a sandy swimming beach with lifeguards, a colorful new playground, picnic spots, and fine views across the bay to Door County. All radiate off the one-mile circle drive. Behind the second pavilion is a picturesque pond with lily pads, fish, and frogs. Utilitarian structures have replaced the picturesque buildings he designed here, but the effect of his plan remains.
Entrance drive is on U.S. 35 just north of where it branches off U.S. 41 on Menominee's north side. (906) 863-2656. No fee. Mostly wheelchair-accessible.
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POINTS OF INTEREST
Red Arrow Park. At the base of a long sandbar extending a mile out into the bay is this outstanding park, with beach, picnic area, playground, and a path to the protected bay where waterfowl nest ... more
Menekaunee taverns. This district across the river in Wisconsin was originally a squatters' village for millworkers, loggers, and fishermen. Today the old taverns here are a draw for people who want authentic, unfussed-over local color ... more
DeYoung Family Zoo. See endangered, often rescued big cats: leopards, tigers, lions, cougars, also wolves and bears in large fenced areas with ponds, and reptiles inside. Kids can feed, pet, and be photographed with some animals. ... more
Menominee/Marinette Wi-fi Hotspots. • Marinette/Menominee Chamber of Commerce—601 Marinette Ave (can sit in parking lot to use 24/7) • Spies Public Library 940 First St. has wi-fi & public computers ... more