FREE Recreation Fun for Kids grades K-12! Central Michigan University’s Mobile Recreation Play on the Way Program is heading to your Isabella County Parks this summer! Pack a snack and head over to the Park for some outdoor fun. Staff provided and trained by the CMU Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services Department will bring a fully equipped truck and facilitate youth and families through a variety of outdoor experiences.
Activities such as sports, arts, music and cultural activities, environmental/outdoor education, games and family activities and water fun activities. Daily themes are incorporated into the activities and games to provide a variety of fun, including Schools Out for Summer, Shoot for the Stars, All things SUPER!, Mess Day, Water Day, Outdoor Adventure(canoes) and Things that Fly.
It’s time to pull out your camping gear! Campgrounds at Isabella County Parks open Monday, May 1st! Celebrate summer while camping and enjoying your sandy beaches at Coldwater Lake Family Park, Deerfield Nature Park and Herrick Recreation Area. Pause and watch the sunset while staying in one of the rustic cabins overlooking the water at Coldwater and Herrick Parks! Site and Cabins are filling fast, don’t delay make your reservations today!
Contact the Parks Main Office at 989-317-4083 to reserve your campsites, rustic cabins and pavilions today!
Paddle Sports Day
Deerfield Nature Park
Saturday, June 10
This is a unique opportunity to learn from the best instructors on a variety of watercraft. Instructors will act as safety boaters, be available to answer questions, provide basic instructions for strokes and maneuvers and information about boats and the river. Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards will be available for everyone to try out on the pond by the beach. This event is hosted by Isabella County parks and is sponsored by Buckley's Mountainside Canoe and Central Michigan University Parks and Leisure Department. Central Michigan University’s Mobile Recreation Play on the Way Program will also be joining us! After enjoying some paddling fun don’t miss out on all the outdoor fun Play on the Way has to offer! This is a Free event with Free entrance to the Park.
The old playground at Coldwater Lake Family Park was removed last fall by a group of gentleman from the Weidman Lions Club. A grant for $100,000 was received from the Land Water Conservation Fund for the construction of a new playground at Coldwater Park. The LWCF grant is for $50,000 with a $50,000 match. A $10,375 grant was received from the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation Access to Recreation Fund for the playground surfacing which will be universally accessible. The remaining $39,625 will come from the Isabella County Parks Capital Funds. We are excited for the installation of a new playground which is scheduled for this summer.