The Ypsilanti Township Parks System consists of thirty parks and recreation facilities totaling over 900 acres. The parks range in size from 0.3 acres to 190 acres and provide wonderful areas for informal play, organized programs, bird watching, or to simply enjoy nature. Our larger community parks provide enhanced facilities including picnic shelters, boardwalks, paved and nature trails, interpretive signage, access to canoeing, kayaking and boating, fishing, athletic fields/courts and so much more. Many of our neighborhood parks have recently been renovated and include new park and play equipment. 

The Ford Lake Loop Trail is available for review on the USA Track & Field website. The trail is a 9.49 mile paved path looping around Ford Lake. This trail is predominately off road, only 1 mile is a bike/walk lane in 2 different locations. The path goes through or past South Hydro Park, North Hydro Park, Lakeview Park, Loonfeather Point Park, North Bay Park, Ford Heritage Park and Lakeside Park.

To better serve you, some of our community parks are staffed by park attendants during the park season (May - September). We also have Park Rangers on duty during the park season that patrol all of the parks within the Township. If you need assistance, our park staff is there to serve you! Park hours are dawn to dusk.

Township Park Amenities

Park Entry Fees

Daily Passes: Ford Lake Park

Park $5
Boat $8
Bus $20

Daily Passes: Loonfeather Point, North Hydro & North Bay Parks

Park $3
Bus $20

Annual Season Park Pass
(not valid for Special Events)
Ypsilanti Township** $10
Ypsilanti City* $15
All Others $20
Senior (Township/City) FREE
Senior (All Others) $10

Annual Season Boat Pass (not valid for Special Events)
Ypsilanti Township/City* $30
All Others $50
Senior (Township/City) $10
Senior (All Others) $20
Park System
Park Rules
  • Swimming or wading is not allowed from the shores of Ford Lake. The lake has sharp drop-offs, soft bottoms and currents, which can be dangerous.
  • Parking vehicles must be done in designated parking areas.
  • Alcohol possession and consumption of alcohol is not allowed in Township Parks.
  • Fires are allowed only in outdoor cooking grills and in shelter buildings where cooking grills are available. All other fires are prohibited without prior written consent of the administration.
  • Amplified Sound must be maintained at a level not to breach public peace of the facilities.
  • Hunting is not allowed in any Township Park.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash at all times while in the park. Owners must clean up after their pets.
  • Fireworks and Firearms are not allowed in any park.
  • Overnight Camping in any park is prohibited.
  • Defacing or Removal of Park Property, including wildlife (plant or animal) is prohibited.
  • Personal Watercraft motor vehicles admitted into Ford Lake Park. You may transport a maximum of two jet skis. Personal watercraft must be off of the water one hour prior to sunset.
  • Tents and Canopies require a special permit.
  • No Smoking of any kind allowed.
Appleridge Park
2899 E. Clark Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48198

This 42-acre park includes a playground, basketball court, informal ball diamond, horseshoe pits, small shelter, picnic tables, benches, trails, wooded area and a small parking lot.

Big Island Park
As the name sounds, Big Island Park is an island located in the center of Ford Lake.  The Island is owned by the Charter Township of Ypsilanti and it utilized as a park.

Bud & Blossom Park
1500 Bud St. Ypsilanti, MI 48198

This small 2.9-acre park has a wooded area, play equipment and a large grassy area.

Burns Park
2001 Burns Ave. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Although this park is only 1.9 acres in size, its amenities are plentiful. Facilities include two tennis courts, play equipment, a paved trail around the perimeter of the park, picnic tables and benches and an open grassy area.


Clubview Park
UPDATED ADDRESS: 185 S. Clubview Dr. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Located on the west side of the Township, this 10-acre park has play equipment, tennis courts, sand volleyball, a small shelter, picnic tables, benches, plenty of open space and a fitness trail around the perimeter of the park.

Community Center Park & Skate Park

SKATE PARK UPDATED ADDRESS: 1850 E. Clark Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48198

This 25-acre park is located across the street from the Community Center. Facilities include a four-diamond softball complex, picnic shelter with restrooms, playground, six tennis courts, open play area, picnic areas, wooded area and a large parking lot.

EMU Boathouse
10049 Textile Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

This park was built as an extension to Lakeside Park in partnership with Eastern Michigan University. The boathouse is utilized by both the Eastern Michigan University and Saline High School rowing programs. This park also has parking, public restrooms, an overlook park shelter, trail connectivity, waterfront access and rowing docks.

Fairway Hills Park
199 Carriage Way Ypsilanti, MI 48197

This is a "natural" 6.6-acre park located on the west side of the Township. There is a paved trail running through the park with mature trees and a rolling terrain.

Ford Heritage Park
8399 Textile Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

This 106-acre park is centrally located in the Township and is designed as a youth sports and family park. Amenities include several soccer fields, a youth baseball/softball complex, paved and natural trails, Playground Adventures - a community built accessible playground, a fully accessible picnic area and a wooded area.

Ford Lake Park
9075 S. Huron River Dr. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

This 98-acre gem is our "Signature Park" and home to park operations. Located on the south banks of Ford Lake, amenities include a public boat and canoe launch, fishing areas, four shelters available to rent, restrooms (only open in-season), basketball, volleyball, and racquetball courts, six tennis courts, pickleball courts, ball and soccer fields, horseshoe pits, play equipment, wooded areas, plenty of open space, trails, wetlands and multiple picnic areas with picnic tables, benches, and grills. This park is staffed and gated during the park season and remains open through the winter months.

Harris Park
99 S. Harris Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48198

This 4-acre park has two youth ball fields which are located next to two additional ball fields owned by the Ypsilanti National Little League. In addition, the park has playground equipment, parking lot, shelter and a concession stand with restrooms that are open when leagues games are being played.

Hewens Creek Park
UPDATED ADDRESS: 6547 Bemis Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

This beautiful 191-acre park is located on the south side of the Township and provides a unique experience in nature. Features include a pond and creek, fishing, meadows and wooded areas. There is also an extensive mountain bike and hiking trail system throughout the park. This park is abundant with wildlife.

Huron River Park
This undeveloped 26-acre parcel is located across the street from the Civic Center and rests on the southwest shore of Ford Lake. The park contains a wooded area, wetlands and steep slopes.

Lakeside Park
9999 Textile Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

This 21-acre park is located on the south shore of Ford Lake. Facilities include a picnic shelter with restrooms, playground equipment, picnic areas, fishing and wooded areas.

Lakeview Park
UPDATED ADDRESS: 2051 Grove Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48198

This 3.6-acre park has play equipment, a picnic area, a small ball diamond, plenty of open space and a paved trail around the perimeter of the park.

Loonfeather Point Park
UPDATED ADDRESS: 1320 Grove Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Located on the north shore of Ford Lake, this 11.2-acre park is noted for its two award winning shelters (available for rent) and a fishing pier. The park also has trails, mature trees, play equipment, play field and restrooms. This park is staffed and gated during the park season.

Nancy Park
UPDATED ADDRESS: 1205 Marcus Ave. Ypsilanti, MI 48198

This 6.1-acre neighborhood park includes a playground, picnic area, ball diamond, trails, mature trees and open space.

North Bay Park
UPDATED ADDRESS: 1151 S Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

This 139-acre park is located on the west end of Ford Lake and features a boardwalk and trail system that meanders through woods, wetlands and along the shores of Ford Lake. Other features include an observation tower, islands and bridges along the trail, prime fishing, playground, two shelters, restrooms and plenty of picnic areas. This park is staffed and gated during the park season.

North Hydro Park
2599 Bridge Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Located just north of the Ford Lake Dam, this 46-acre "natural" park is nestled on the north shores of the Huron River. The park includes a boardwalk and paved trails, interpretive signage, canoe/kayak and fishing docks, a shelter for rent, restrooms (only open in-season), several picnic areas and an abundance of natural features. This park is staffed and gated during the park season but is closed during cold weather and winter months.

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Pine Park
6200 Ivanhoe Ave. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

This 1.4-acre park is primarily undeveloped with a small amount of play equipment.

Rambling Road Park
1150 Lexington Parkway Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Located on the north end of the Township, this quaint 2.6-acre park has a playground and plenty of open space for open play.

Sugarbrook Park
UPDATED ADDRESS: 1511 Andrea St. Ypsilanti, MI 48198

This 5.0-acre park has playground, picnic areas, a large hard-court area, shaded areas and plenty of open space.

Tot Lot Park
1172 E. Clark Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48198

This .3-acre lot has play equipment.

Watertower Park
2598 Verna Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Located on the west side of the Township, this .8-acre park has open space and play equipment.

Wendell Holmes Park
1201 Holmes Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Located next to Holmes Elementary School, this 4.6-acre park has a small ball diamond.

West Willow Park
2099 Tyler Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Although relatively small in size, this 2.5-acre park has many facilities including trails, a small shelter, playground, benches, picnic areas, a small ball diamond and two basketball courts.