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Parks & Recreation

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


ALERT:  This spring and summer ticks are expected to be bad ...

Due to Michigan's unseasonably warm and wet winter coupled with an early spring, experts from the National Pest Management Association said Michigan is predicted to see an influx of ticks.  The following tips will help you avoid ticks:

  • Don't stray from the trail
  • Be extra vigilant in warmer months
  • Do a "tick check" after every outdoor outing
  • Shower within two hours after coming inside
  • Use insect repellent



The Township has adopted a Parks and Recreation Plan to guide development of parks, trails, and recreation area.  The Plan includes a description and inventory of current parks, goals and objectives for the park system, and recommended improvements and implementation items over the next few years.  The Plan was created with the input of the public including through a community survey.


2018-2023 Parks and Recreation Master Plan - Adopted January 22, 2018

Amendment 1 - Adopted May 14, 2019



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.  Looking for a longer walk hop onto the Buffalo Ridge Trail by accessing the Kids Creek Connector.


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 pavilions 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 ALL LOCAL PARKS, including Grand Traverse County Parks, City of Traverse City Parks, and Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy Parks.

This page last updated on 6/17/2020.

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