PARK BOARD

JANET SCHRADER
JOSEPH REED
KATHY SELLERS
ENRICO HEIRMAN
CHRIS THOMPSON
KAREN TARPLEY
SHELLY TAYLOR
 

Park Board Website: www.chikamingparkboard.org

The Email Address is: parkboard@chikamingparkboard.org

The Chikaming Township Park Board is a seven member elected board that meets on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at Chikaming Township Center, 13535 Red Arrow Highway in Harbert. Members are elected every four years in the Presidential election.
 
Recreation facilities managed by the Park Board include Chikaming Township Park and Preserve, Harbert Community Park, Harbert Road Preserve, Cherry Beach, and six road-end beach accesses.
 
Cherry Beach was deeded to Chikaming Township by the Warren family in 1922. It is the largest beach, with approximately 253 feet of shoreline. There is a street level observation platform, which is handicapped accessible and a picnic site that is handicapped friendly. Parking on the weekends and holidays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend is by property owner pass when an attendant is on duty. The township provides maintenance, trash pickup and security patrols on summer weekends
 
Harbert Community Park is located on Red Arrow Highway just north of the Public Safety Building in Harbert. This is an excellent place for a family picnic. There is a pavilion with two grills and 12 picnic tables. For the children there are four swings, a slide, a climber and a fishing pond. Also available is a regulation size Little League Baseball Field with bleachers and a concession stand. The pavilion and/or baseball field can be reserved by Chikaming property owners through Township Hall.
 
The Harbert Road Nature Preserve is located on Harbert Road east of the I-94 overpass in Harbert. This 90-acre preserve area is diverse, providing habitats for bird study, wildlife ecology, flower and tree identification or just enjoying a walk in the woods. Park in the parking area and then follow the signs to the shelter. Trails lead from there into the five distinct natural communities in various successions of growth. Two ponds and wetland attract wood ducks, mallards, and blue and green herons. The Preserve is open sunrise to sunset. There is no hunting and no motorized vehicles allowed.
 
The 263-acre Chikaming Township Park and Preserve is located on Warren Woods Road between I-94 and Lakewood Estates. Its natural features are diverse and include uplands, wooded floodplains, 2,800-feet of frontage on the Galien River and a 5.3-acre lake. An informal walk through and a preliminary inventory identified 131 native species of plants including two threatened species. Funding for this new facility came from grants from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, donations of money, in kind services from individuals and the Township General Fund. Plans are in process to develop this unique site and will include a road to the lake, a picnic area, viewing platforms and trails. Drive in, park and then hike to the lake. The Park and Preserve is open from sunrise to sunset for your enjoyment. Again, no hunting or off-road vehicles are allowed.
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Planting Fields is a Community Garden Project at the Chikaming Township Park & Preserve on Warren Woods Road by the Chikaming Park Board with start up costs funded by The Pokagon Fund. The project will run each year from May through October. The project plans to provide an accessible water source, an organic compost pile, a mulch pile, and 20' by 20' plots. Gardeners can make a suggested donation of $40 per season to cover garden expenses or they can apply for a development grant. This is a community effort to bring healthy produce to every table in the area, so the Planting Field will have tools and helpful guidance available.
 
Garden Plot Guidelines: 1) Garden plots will be assigned to each participant during the registration period. 2) Gardeners are also asked to donate some time in the community donation garden to help neighbors in need through food pantries, churches and other social service organizations. 3) Each gardener is responsible for maintaining his/her plot and keeping the area surrounding the plot free of trash and litter. 4) Gardeners agree to garden organically. 5) Gardeners are encouraged to be conservative in the use of water. Use of sprinklers for watering is not allowed. 6) Volunteer participation is expected for the community gardening effort at fall cleanup time and for other garden activities. 7) The township is not liable for any damage, loss or claim that occurs in connection with the use of the garden plots.
 
How to Participate: Print out a "Planting Fields Application Form" from the link above, fill it out and mail it to the address on the form or drop it off at Township Hall, 13535 Red Arrow Highway in Harbert. There is a drop box to the right of the front door. For further information contact Arthur Anderson (arthurhanderson@aol.com) or call (269)586-4315.
 
OTHER PARKS
 
Warren Woods Forest Preserve is a State Park located on Elm Valley Road west of Three Oaks Road that is open from dawn to dusk. It is a first growth forest with trails that follow the course of the Galien River. Visitors will find abundant wildflowers and mature beach and maple trees.
 
Robinson Preserve, located on East Road, is owned by The Nature Conservancy. There is a trail through the 89 acres of woods and ravines which is open to the public.
 
BEWARE RIP CURRENTS
 
What are they?
A sudden break in an offshore sandbar releases water rapidly back into the deep lake creating a rip current. Stay out of the water when there are breaking waves.
 
How to survive?
If caught in a rip current, don't panic & don't fight it! Swim parallel to the shore until you're free from the current, then swim back to the shore.
 
What to look for?
  • Unusual choppiness
  • Discolored water & sand turning over
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