Park Projects and Improvements

City Forest Sturgeon Creek Lot Enlargement

12/11/2020 Crews worked at City Forest this week, creating a larger parking area on the west side of City Forest on Sturgeon Rd.

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The Red Eye

11/17/2020 Developed by Stephanie Richardson, City Horticulturist, the Red Eye is a new art installation at the corner of Bayliss and Patrick.  The Red Eye will be landscaped with perennials in the spring of 2021. Look for more art installations to come!

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Middle of the Mitt Miracle Field

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10/30/2020 - We broke ground! On 10/9/20 Mayor Maureen Donker and Recreation Manager Marcie Post broke ground on the Miracle Field at the site in Central Park. As soon as permitting is completed, we will start digging!

At the April 2, 2019 Parks & Recreation Commission meeting, the City of Midland Parks and Recreation Department announced plans for the creation of a Miracle Field in the City’s Central Park. A Miracle Field is a fully accessible soft-surface baseball field for athletes of all ages with physical and cognitive disabilities. The field will be designed as a poured-rubber, barrier-free surface to provide a safe, fully-accessible place for children with physical or cognitive disabilities to play baseball. 

Once completed, the field will host the Middle of the Mitt Miracle League with players from Midland, Isabella, Clare, and Gladwin counties eligible to participate in both spring and fall schedules. In addition to hosting Miracle League games, the field will also be the site of a variety of other activities, including movie nights, veterans’ programs, holiday-themed activities, and other community programs. Restrooms and other amenities will also be available to be used by park visitors, concertgoers to the Central Park Bandshell, players on the Central Park pickle ball courts, and more.

Phase 1 of the construction will begin in Fall 2020 and will include the field, temporary parking lot areas, and restrooms with an estimated completion date of Spring 2021. Total cost of the Phase 1 of construction is estimated at $1.2 million. Once funding is secured, the remainder of the complex will be finished.

Removal of Emerson Park Road

Since the renovation of the Tittabawassee River Overlook, the Parks and Recreation department has naturalized Emerson Park Road from the bridge to the Emerson Park hockey rink. This included removing and reseeding the old road. 

Gerstacker Sidewalk and Picnic Pad Additions

During the week of September 28, parks crews laid sidewalk and picnic pads at Gerstacker spray park. These areas will be a great addition for the summer months!

Grove Park Renovations

One of the goals in the current Parks & Recreation Master Plan is to develop individual park master plans for larger parks to guide future development. Over time, Grove Park has drawn interest from the Midtown neighborhood in partnership with the Midland Noon Rotary Club for potential improvements. With the size and key location of Grove Park as a connection between Midtown and the downtown area, staff identified improvement areas with input from local community members. 

Staff have been busy making improvements to Grove, including a new basketball court, updated fencing and walkways and a gazebo that compliment the existing playground structure. The crowning jewel of the park is the new Grove Park entranceway sign that can be seen from the corner of Grove and Rodd Streets. Last updated 9/18/2020.

Central Park Pickleball Court Project

11/17/2020 - Progress on the pickleball courts was stymied by imperfect asphalt. The City is working with the contractor to repair asphalt issues and will lay court surfacing in spring 2021.

Funded in part by a Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant through the National Park Service, the projecDone Editingt includes six pickle ball courts and one tennis court. The goal is to have the courts open for play by spring 2021, weather permitting. Accessible parking is available off Nelson Street in the lot behind the Midland Community Center. 

Plymouth Park Picnic Table Installation

With a generous donation of five ADA accessible picnic tables from the Midland Board of Realtors (MBOR), Midland Parks and Recreation is excited for the addition of cement paths leading to the east entrance of the Fun Zone. Last updated 9/18/2020. 

Tittabawassee River Overlook

This project re-purposed an abandoned water intake pump station on the Tittabawassee River into an elevated river overlook platform, with fishing dock, floating water access dock, boardwalk along the river's edge, gathering plaza, riverfront park areas and new parking lot, all of which are ADA-accessible and are connected to the Rail Trail via a paved accessible walk. The project included removal of invasive exotic plant species from the riverbank and opened up vistas to the river. Native species were planted along the riverbank to re-establish the native flora. The park serves as a rest stop along the 30-mile long Midland County Pere Marquette Rail Trail. Last updated 9/18/2020.