Park Closures 2/25/2021

Due to warming temperatures Toboggan Hill and all snowmobiling areas will be closed until further notice.

Park Closures – Updated 2/22/2021

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

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.

Show your support!

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.

Genesee County Parks & Recreation Commission is looking for support for the following grant applications:

Linden County Park Pickleball Development
Development of four (4) dedicated pickleball courts, two (2) multi-use courts, and accessibility improvements to provide barrier-free access and improved recreational opportunities within Linden County Park. The project will develop 4 pickleball courts in addition to 2 multi-use courts which could be used for tennis or pickleball. The project will also provide a new parking lot with ADA parking spaces, accessible paved connection from the parking lot to the courts, access to the nearby existing accessible multi-use paved trail, access to an existing ADA vault toilet, accessible playground, and pavilions. In addition, universally accessible picnic tables and grills will be placed adjacent to the courts. This will allow for intergenerational park use and will be accessible to park users of all abilities. Grant Amount Requested: Up to $300,000.00

Branch Road Fishing Access Accessibility and Improvements
This Trust Fund Grant project will move the existing fishing dock approximately 800 feet to the north and re-install it at a point just south of the location where Branch Road is closed.  This location will better facilitate the parking area and make it universally accessible which are parts of this project.
Grant Amount Requested: Up to $300,000.00

Genesee County Parks Mountain Bike Trail
This Trust Fund Grant project will develop the first mountain bike trail in Genesee County. The location of the trail will be on the nearly 350 acres around Wolverine Campground.
Grant Amount Requested: Up to $300,000.00

Letters of support may be e-mailed to parkswebteam@gcparks.org or sent to our office by March 31, 2021.

Winter Activities 1/28/2021

SLEDDING, SNOWMOBILING AND CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

Sledding
Facilities open when terrain is frozen and there is a 3” accumulation of snow:
Davison Roadside Park Beginners Hill Hours Daily, 8 a.m. – sunset
Linden County Park Intermediate Hill Hours Daily, 8 a.m. – sunset

Toboggan Hill Expert Hill
Hours: Thursday & Friday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 12 p.m. -10 p.m.
Closed Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday
Open during school snow days or school holidays, 12 p.m. -10 p.m.
When the gate is open the park is open. No parking allowed along Washburn Road to allow for emergency vehicle access. Rangers may ticket and tow illegally parked vehicles.

Snowmobiling
Permitted in the following locations when terrain is frozen and there is a 3” accumulation of snow:
Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission
Hours for all locations: Open 24 hours
Linden County Park Gates left open for season (except lake access gate)
Bluegill Boat Launch
Buell Lake County Park Gate to the back of the park left closed for season to wheeled vehicles
Richfield County Park North gate closed for season to wheeled vehicles
Goldenrod Disc Golf Main gate open for season
EA Cummings Event Center Main gate open for season
Walleye Pike Boat Launch

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum-Cross Country Skiing is permitted letting users determine when
conditions are appropriate. Park hours are 8 a.m. to sunset for cross-country skiing.
Permitted in the following locations when terrain is frozen and there is a 3” accumulation of snow:
Flushing County Park Back gate closed for season upon first snow. Area closed to vehicle traffic for winter activities.
Linden County Park
Richfield County Park North gate closed for season to wheeled vehicles upon first snow. Area closed to vehicle traffic for winter activities.

2021 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Applications

Genesee County Parks is seeking public input regarding applications for three (3) Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant opportunities. Public input will be accepted at the February 11, 2021 Parks Commission meeting. Public participation information will be posted in the Notice of Public Meeting on website Friday, February 5, 2021. Below is an overview of the grant opportunities the Parks is seeking:

  1. Linden County Park Pickleball Development
    Development of four (4) dedicated pickleball courts, two (2) multi-use courts, and accessibility improvements to provide barrier-free access and improved recreational opportunities with Linden County Park.
  2. Branch Road Fishing Access Accessibility and Improvements
    This Trust Fund Grant project will move the existing accessible fishing dock approximately 800 feet to the north and re-install it at a point just south of the location where Branch Road is closed. This location will better facilitate the parking area and the accessibility improvements which are part of this project.
  3. Genesee County Parks Mountain Bike Trail
    This Trust Fund Grant project will develop the first mountain bike trail in Genesee County. The location of the trail will be near Wolverine Campground.

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.