Park Closure – UPDATED 5.28.20

Due to flooding, the North side of Richfield County Park and the trail section from Vassar to Irish is closed until further notice. (5.20.20)

UPDATE: As of 5.28.20, all areas of Richfield County Park and the trail section from Vassar to Irish are open to the public.

Park Closures

In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the following Park’s locations will be closed until further notice.  We encourage you to take advantage of the trails and open spaces throughout the parks while engaging in proper social distancing.

  • For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum Visitor’s Center and Treehouse
  • Genesee County Parks Administrative Offices
  • All Genesee County Parks playgrounds and pavilions
  • Elba Equestrian Center campground
  • E.A. Cummings Center campground
  • Goldenrod Disc Golf Course
  • Flushing County Park Off-Leash Dog Area
  • Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad – summer season closed
  • Wolverine Campground – delayed until at least June 22

Meeting Cancellation Notice

The Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission meetings scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2020 and Thursday, May 21, 2020 have been cancelled due to lack of agenda items.

Notice is in compliance with Michigan’s Open Meetings Act.

Notice of Public Meeting

Please take notice that the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission has a scheduled meeting this Thursday, April 23. Click here for full details and here for a printable agenda.

Parks Hours

While we encourage you to take advantage of the Parks and all they have to offer during this time, we want to remind you that parks close at sunset and this rule will be enforced.

Meeting Cancellation Notice

In response to growing health concerns, the Genesee County Board of Commissioners has ordered the cancelation of all in person scheduled meetings of boards and commissions of Genesee County. This includes the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission meeting scheduled for March 26, 2020. Meetings are canceled until at least March 29, 2020.

Notice is in compliance with Michigan’s Open Meetings Act.

Letters of Support Requested

Showing public support is one of the really important parts of any successful grant request. And, by public support, we mean letters advocating for the approval of the grant request that can be included with the grant application.

The Genesee County Parks & Recreation Commission has an opportunity to purchase 7.07 acres of undeveloped land near the Stanley Road Tubes fishing site. The parcels will connect and eliminate an in-holding in the Holloway Regional Park and allow for horse trail connectivity. We also would like to improve the amenities at Goldenrod Disc Golf Course by adding a universally accessible vault restroom, accessible parking area and concrete pads at each tee on the course. And lastly, we are looking to extend the Iron Belle Trail from Atlas Township to Grand Blanc Township. This connection will make for a great community connector.

We know the hardest part of writing a letter is getting started, so we are here to help you.

Please address all letters to (MNRTF) Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Just click below to view an example and feel free to use any or all of it to help you get started. Or, write your own personalized support, and return the letter to parkswebteam@gcparks.org via email by Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and your  letter will be included. We appreciate your support!

Iron Belle Trail Section – Click here for a sample letter.
Goldenrod Disc Golf – Click here for a sample letter.
Thomas Estates Acquisition – Click here for a sample letter.

Genesee County Parks Seeks Public Input Until April 1, 2020

The Genesee County Parks & Recreation Commission intends to apply for a three separate grants from the State of Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for the purpose of:

1.) Iron Belle Trail Section – From Atlas Township to White Tail Drive in Grand Blanc Township. The extension will be a 2.28 mile section running on the south side of Perry Road to White Tail Drive.

2.)Goldenrod Disc Golf – Proposed renovation to amenities to improve accessibility. Replace the portable bathroom facilities with a universally accessible vault toilet, pave ADA parking spaces with appropriate signage in the parking lot, and an asphalt pathway will link the parking to the toilet facility, which will be in proximity to the Disc Gold Map for Goldenrod, with posted rules.

3.)Thomas Estates Acquisition – Proposed purchase of property connecting two parcels of park land and to preserve waterfront property for public use.

Public comments will be accepted in person or mail at Genesee County Parks, 5045 Stanley Road, Flint, MI 48506. , email: parkswebteam@gcparks.org or attendance at regular Parks Commission meetings, held at 5045 Stanley Road, Flint, MI until April 1, 2020.

Special Notice

February 13, 2020
Until further notice, effective immediately ALL PARKS will allow the possession and operation of unmanned aircraft so long as the operation is in accordance with Federal and State laws and does not violate any
criminal laws. Section P910615 shall not be deemed a criminal law for purposes of this notice.

Parks Rules

Click here for a complete list of Parks Rules.

Recent Vote on Marijuana Proposal – What You Need to Know in the Parks

As of November 6, 2018, Michigan voters voted to legalize marijuana. We want to remind park visitors, that although this proposal passed, it still does not allow public consumption of marijuana. Much like alcohol is prohibited within Genesee County Parks, so too is marijuana. Thank you for your understanding.