Traverse City provides residents and visitors with over 300 acres of parkland.
Parks range in all sizes and provide a variety of recreational facilities that include both active and passive recreational opportunities. Walk or ride your bike along West Grand Traverse Bay and spend time swimming at Clinch Park, enjoy leisure-time activities at the Marina, or kick up some sand under your feet at the beach volleyball courts. Several recreational programs are offered by the City and include “Music in Park” and Summer Day Camp. The City also supports several area non-profit organizations that provide recreational programming in the City including Traverse Area Community Sailing and the Grand Traverse Ski Club. Please visit our website for more information on recreational programs at www.ci.traverse-city.mi.us.
1. “A” Park
Located off of Timberlane & Arrowhead Drives.
21. Indian Woods Park 22. J. Smith Walkway 23. Lay Park
2. American Legion Park
the bank of the Boardman River.
Located on the corner of Cass & Washington Street on
Located between Indian Woods and Huron Street, the neighborhood park offers assorted playground equipment for all ability levels. Traverse City’s only true urban park. Sit and relax by the fountain or play a game of checkers at one of the game tables. Lay Park is located on Union Street as you enter Old Town. A great place to take a break and get out of the sun if you’re shopping downtown.
3. Arbutus Court 4. Ashton Park
Located at the end of Arbutus Court on Boon Street.
Visit Ashton Park near Willow Hill School and stand beneath the oldest and largest Hemlock and Beech Trees in the City!
5. Boon Street Park
Located on Boon Street east of Rose Street offering an exceptional “tot lot” recreational experience.
24. Meijer’s Silverbrook Acres 25. Mini Park
The conservation area provides limited access, but more importantly provides protection of critical wetlands. Located on the corner of Front and Grandview - the Park is both a gateway to Downtown and accessible by the TART Trail.
6. Brown Bridge Quiet Area This natural area offers over 1000 acres of parkland located south of Traverse City, visitors can enjoy hiking trails, wildlife viewing and fishing. 7. Bryant Park
A favorite among local families - the Park offers direct access to West Grand Traverse Bay with all the amenities you need including a sandy beach, playground, grills and restrooms.
26. Open Space
8. “C” Park Small in size at less than a tenth of an acre, “C” Park is the only park besides
East Bay Park to provide direct access to East Grand Traverse Bay.
It’s not named the Open Space for nothing! That is exactly what it is “open space” right in the center of Downtown Traverse City. The Open Space provides an avenue for the most breath-taking views of the West Arm of Grand Traverse Bay, Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas, the adjacent public accessible waterfront including Clinch Park and Marina and the Volleyball Courts and Beach.
9. Clancy Park
Located on the corner of Sheridan & West Orchard Drive, Clancy Park offers exceptional open space for a neighborhood park. The Park also has a playground!
27. Senior Citizen Center
10. Clinch Park
Located along the Grandview Parkway on the sandy shores of West Grand Traverse Bay, Clinch Park offers breathtaking panoramic views of Power Island and the Old Mission Peninsula.
The Senior Center has been a long time asset to the Traverse City Community providing recreational opportunities including shuffleboard at the Milliken Courts and social events. Don’t forget to check out the sandy beach or play tennis next door!
28. Sunset Park
11. Darrow Park
Located on the corner of Bay and Monroe Street in Traverse City’s infamous “Slab Town” Neighborhood. Darrow Park offers beautiful views of West Grand Traverse Bay from across the Grandview Parkway. Here you are able to jump on the TART Non-motorized Recreational Trail and cruise along the Bay - if you’re feeling extra energetic head out to the Village of Sutton’s Bay.
Sunset Park is located on the West Arm of Grand Traverse Bay with a sandy beach, picnic tables and a small playground area.
29. Triangle Park
Located on the corner of Rose and Boyd Street - take a rest on the Rotary Bench next time you’re biking on the TART Trail.
12. East Bay Park 13. F & M Park
Head over to East Grand Traverse Bay and visit East Bay Park, providing you with everything you need to enjoy a hot summer’s day at the beach including a playground, picnic tables and restrooms. A Park with history! Visit a Park that once functioned over a century ago as a train yard and fruit packaging plant. Located in the heart of a downtown neighborhood!
30. Union Street Park Dam Fishing, fishing, fishing...Union Street Dam is the most popular in-town fishing spot for families. Fish off the dam or use the large boardwalk. Check out the fish ladder in the fall and watch large salmon and steelhead make their way up the Boardman River. 31. Veteran’s Park
Most notably known for the memorial to our Veteran’s, the Park also offers some of the best outdoor tennis courts - stay late and play under the lights!
14. Fulton Park
A short bike ride from Downtown heading north towards Greilickville along the TART Trail, Fulton Park offers an outdoor “nature” experience that includes a self-guided interpretive trail through the woods!
32. Volleyball Courts
Considered by most locals to be the hotspot in the summertime or the “place to be seen” the volleyball courts offers exceptionally sandy beaches and open lawn areas.
15. Grand Traverse Commons 16. Hannah Park 17. Hickory Hills
Welcome back to nature! The Grand Traverse Commons is located on the former State Hospital Grounds offering over 100 acres of wetland, open meadow and upland forest ecosystems. Relax on the terraced landscape along the bank of the Boardman River. Located on the corner of Sixth and Union Street, Hannah Park now offers fishing platforms. Downhill Skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, disc golf, mountain biking, hiking....need we say more! Located on the west end of town, Hickory Hills offers over 100 acres of outdoor recreation.
33. Wellington Plaza The Wellington Plaza is located Downtown just off the 34. West End Beach
access. A great family beach with adjacent parking for easy
sidewalk of East Front Street. The space provides access to the Boardman River, Murchie Bridge Underpass and TART Trail.
18. Highland Park 19. Hull Park
A secret too many City residents...Highland Park is a neighborhood park only accessible by walking. One of the newest additions to Traverse City Parks - Hull Park offers exceptional views of Boardman Lake, boardwalks and docks for fishing, an amphitheater space, open lawn area, boat launch and restrooms.
20. Huron Hills Park Site
If you’re in the neighborhood check out Huron Hills Park Site and then head down to the beach at “C” Park.
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