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Parks & Recreation

The Township Board adopted the 2018-2023 Parks and Recreation Master Plan on January 23, 2018.  To see a copy of the plan, click here. 

News from TART Trails: 

"The vision for the Boardman Lake project is a pathway that circles Boardman Lake, granting easy access to the library, parks, residential developments, commercial areas and local businesses. The future loop around the lake will provide connection to NMC’s University Center and ultimately head along the Boardman River south of South Airport Road providing connections to the Boardman River Trail.

The Boardman Lake Trail is owned by the City of Traverse City in partnership with Grand Traverse County and Garfield Township. TART Trails works with the City, County and Township to support the development and maintenance of the Boardman Lake Trail. For trail maps & details visit the Boardman Lake Trail Page.

The design was formed by extensive public input comprised of interviews, focus groups, public open houses and on-line public comment. TART Trails is working with landowners along the route as the preferred route is outside of existing easements."


Looking to get outside? There's a variety of public parkland for your enjoyment in Garfield Township!


What type of park are you looking for? Maybe a walk along a cool stream after a shopping excursion? Check out Kid's Creek Park, behind Kohl's, or the Miller Creek Nature Reserve, behind Walmart and Home Depot.


Need to get some hiking and nature watching in? You are sure to enjoy the Grand Traverse Commons Natural Area.


You can scratch your itch for fishing, hunting, and miles of hiking at the Boardman Valley Nature Preserve.


Just want to throw a Frisbee, bring the kids to a playground, or have a cookout for your family reunion? Silver Lake Recreation Area is just the spot.


You may reserve park facilities such as ball fields, tennis courts, and picnic pavillions by submitting a Park Reservation Application.

Please see the links to the left for more detailed descriptions and maps of each of our Parks, along with a description of the Recreational Authority and links to other local parks facilities.


Click here to view a MAP OF ALL LOCAL PARKS, including Grand Traverse County Parks, City of Traverse City Parks, and Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy Parks.

View Garfield Township Parks in a larger map
This page last updated on 2/8/2018.

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