Park Projects and Improvements

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. eels a master plan is needed before accepting any donated improvements to the park.

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

Progress continues on the new pickle ball and tennis court complex in Central Park. 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. Contractors are currently working on some minor asphalt repairs to level out the playing surface before the final court surfacing is applied. The goal is to have the courts open for play by mid-October 2020, weather permitting. Accessible parking is available off Nelson Street in the lot behind the Midland Community Center. Last updated 9/18/2020

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. 

Middle of the Mitt Miracle Field

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 2020. 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.