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Grand Traverse Commons Barns Area


Owned and operated by the Traverse City/Garfield Township Recreational Authority, portions of this 54-acre property were once used by State Hospital patients for farming activities as a form of therapy.  The park was purchased with millage funding approved by Garfield Township and Traverse City voters in 2004. 


The Cathedral Barn and surrounding gardens at the Historic Barns Park is now an event venue, available for weddings, receptions, meetings, and other gatherings. Recently renovated from its previous use on the grounds of the former State Hospital and restored to its new graceful form, the barn can now be enjoyed by a new generation as a memorable backdrop for special occasions. For more information on renting the Cathedral Barn and surrounding Botanical Garden area please click here.


The beautiful Botanic Gardens at the Historic Barns Park are now open to be enjoyed by the public. Click here to explore the Botanic Gardens website, find out about classes, and learn how you can become a member.


Access to the Barns area is currently via Red Drive or Silver Drives. Construction of a new south entrance to the Grand Traverse Commons, the Silver Drive extension, is now accessible. Restrooms are not presently available on site. Entry to any building is permitted only during scheduled events, but feel free to walk around and check things out from the outside!


Questions or comments regarding the Barns property should be directed to Matt Cowall, Executive Director of the Joint Recreational Authority, at 231-929-3696.

This page last updated on 5/18/2021.

3848 Veterans Drive | Traverse City, MI 49684 | 231-941-1620 | fax: 231-941-1588