Parks and Recreation Facilities
Parks benefit our community in many ways. They provide us with places to enjoy the outdoors, connect with nature and each other, and improve our health through exercise. Our parks also act as community gathering places for special events, sports tournaments, family picnics, etc. Our parks protect wildlife habitats and help sustain the quality of our community’s air and water. Every day, people of all ages are positively affected by our parks.
Oshtemo Township owns and maintains two community parks, one playground, and three historic community buildings. Each of our parks and community buildings are available for residents and visitors to enjoy. We hope you’ll get outside and experience Oshtemo’s parks today! If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us.
Park Hours and Rules
Our parks are free and open daily from sunrise to a half-hour after sunset. Alcoholic beverages, smoking, and the discharge of firearms are prohibited. Click here for a full list of park rules.
RENTALS FOR ALL PARKS FACILITIES
READ MORE ABOUT EACH LOCATION, INCLUDING RENTAL CALENDAR, BY SELECTING THE PARK OR FACILITY NAME
Drake Farmstead Park and Carriage Barn
Oshtemo Community Center
Flesher Field Pavilion and Gazebo
Oshtemo Township Park Pavilion
Other Local Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas
The following are other recreation opportunities available to the public within Oshtemo Township. These are under separate ownership and management.
Wolf Tree Nature Trails
This 70 acre nature preserve is located at the corner of 4th Street and KL Avenue. It is owned and operated by the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy and will be open to the public in 2016. The site is wooded with rolling hills, walking paths, and a small parking area. For more information about public access, visit http://swmlc.org/project/wolf-tree-nature-trails/
Lillian Anderson Arboretum
Located adjacent to Oshtemo Township Park and owned and operated by Kalamazoo College, this 140-acre arboretum provides an important research and recreation resource for both the
college and the community. While conservation and recreation are the primary objectives of the facility, low-impact recreation such as hiking, nature study, and cross-country skiing is permitted. For more information about public access, visit https://reason.kzoo.edu/arboretum/visit_the_arb/
Kal-Haven Trail State Park and Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
The eastern trailhead of the Kal-Haven Trail State Park, a 35 mile linear park connecting Kalamazoo to the City of South Haven, is located in Oshtemo Township. The trailhead is located on 10th Street, north of H Avenue, and includes parking, restrooms, water, and a picnic shelter.
The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail also terminates at the 10th Street trailhead, connecting Oshtemo to downtown Kalamazoo and beyond.
Organized Recreation Opportunities
The Kalamazoo Wiffle League is an adult league open to all wiffleball enthusiasts. Games are played in Flesher Field and Township Park on Monday and Thursday evenings. For more information, visit kzoowiffleball.com. Let’s Serve Tennis offers lessons for youth and adults in Township Park each summer. Information on 2016 lessons will be available in May.
Community Events and Private Events
Looking for a place to host a community event? Or a large private gathering? Both Flesher Field and Oshtemo Township Park can be reserved for events of all sizes. For community events, click here for a Special Event Application and fee schedule. All Special Event Applications must be reviewed by our Parks Committee. For private gatherings of over 200 persons, click here for an application. Pavilion rentals are available in Flesher Field and Township Park. More information, prices and a calendar are available in the park descriptions above. Flesher Field also features a gazebo and garden area that can be reserved for weddings, concerts, and special events. See above for more information. Questions? Contact Karen High, Parks Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 216-5223.
Love our Parks?
Volunteer with the Oshtemo Township Friends of the Parks. This non-profit organization is dedicated to supporting Oshtemo’s parks in a variety of ways. Service projects, special events, or educational activities are held each month. Our “Friends” plant wildflowers, clean out birdhouses, show outdoor movies, lead guided bird walks and winter hikes, and more! Our volunteer base is small but growing! Visit www.oshtemofriends.org for more information, or look for us on Facebook.
Support our parks by purchasing a dedication plaque for a memorial bench at Township Park, Flesher Field, or the Grange Hall. This is a great way to celebrate a special occasion or remember a loved one. Your tax deductible contribution of $1,500 will have a lasting impact on our parks. For further information, please contact Karen High at email@example.com.
Support Our Parks
Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Oshtemo Township Parks and Recreation Endowment Fund at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. It’s easy to donate!
- Access the Kalamazoo Community Foundation website at http://www.kalfound.org
- Select the Give Now button
- Enter the amount you wish to give
- Under Designation select “Another Foundation Fund”. Enter the Oshtemo Township Parks and Recreation Fund in the “other” box that will appear below.
- Enter billing and credit card payment information
- Give yourself a pat on the back for helping to ensure the future of our parks!
With volunteer support from the Friends of the Parks and the Oshtemo Historical Society, administration and day-to-day management of the parks is the responsibility of Oshtemo Township’s Parks and Maintenance Departments. The Parks Committee, a sub-committee of the Township Board, serves as an advisory body and oversees the planning, management, and budgetary decisions regarding parks in the Township. Two members of the Township Board volunteer to sit on the Committee and are appointed by their peers. In addition, two members of the public are appointed by the Board to serve on the Committee. 2016 members include Libby Heiny-Cogswell, (Township Supervisor), Deb Everett, (Township Trustee), Cheri Bell and Paul Sotherland. Meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of each month at 4:00 pm. Residents are welcome to attend.