Park Improvement Projects

We serve our mission by delivering an outstanding park experience consisting of beautiful facilities and well-maintained and accessible infrastructure. Following is a summary of current, planned, and completed projects to help us serve our residents.

Current projects

Civic Rec implementation - January 2023

  • Civic Rec reservation and registration software will revolutionize the way we interact with guests, making it easier for you to place a reservation and easier for our team to work with you. 

Website redevelopment - January 2023

  • Redesigning the layout of the Parks and Recreation pages on our site to make it easier to find the information you need. 
  • Increase the content to help you get to know us better and allow us to report on park activities, performance, and more

Replace the existing dog waste bag dispensers in all parks - Spring 2023

  • New dispensers with higher bag capacity
  • Consistent dispensers and bags across all properties to reduce cost and complexity
  • New bags will be biodegradeable

Evaluate all exterior park signage and design new signage for replacement - Fall 2023

  • Corbin Design has been hired to conduct a complete site evaluation, develop a signage plan, create concepts and text for new signs
  • Following step will be to take the design work to bid for production and installation

Boardwalk replacement at Natural Education Reserve-Winter/Spring 2023

  • Project underway by Grand Traverse Conservation District
  • Replacement of the Boy Scout Boardwalk and other walkway projects
  • Removal and rerouting of a trail in a flooded area

Bridge construction at Natural Education Reserve-Winter/Spring 2023

  • Project underway by Grand Traverse Conservation District
  • Construct small bridges and trail connecting the existing trails to the Great Lakes Incubator Farm

Future projects

Replacement of the Civic Center walking track - Fall 2023

  • Replace the walking track surface with new asphalt, remove the existing end-of-life pedestrian bridge, reroute the track in the area of the current bridge, and explore the possibility of adding 130' to bring the track to a full mile.

Add seven fitness stations along the walking track - Spring 2024

  • Include 7 outdoor fitness stations for all abilities along the walking track

Upgrade the restroom facilities at Medalie Park - 2023

  • Replace all fixtures, partitions, countertops, and toilets
  • Add exterior security cameras

Upgrade the outdoor restrooms at the Civic Center ball fields-2023

  • Replace all fixtures, partitions, countertops, and toilets

Upgrade the restrooms at the south end of Civic Center Park-2023

  • Replace all fixtures, partitions, countertops and toilets
  • Repair drain pipes to improve drainage

Improve the plumbing inside the Civic Center serving the locker rooms and restrooms - 2023

  • Replace end-of-life fixtures, partitions and toilets
  • Improve internal plumbing to improve drainage

Pave parking lot near Civic Center amphitheater-Fall 2023

  • Replace gravel surface with asphalt
  • Replace adjacent driveway to increase life span

Develop 2024-2028 Five Year Recreation Plan

  • Park Departments throughout the State of Michigan are required to file a Five Year Recreation Plan with the MDNR to be eligible for state-sponsored grants
  • The plan provides a complete description of the community, administrative structure recreation asset inventory, needs assessment, and goals and objectives for the five-year period
  • Extensive public input is gathered during the process through surveys, public meetings, and public hearings

Recently completed projects

Replacement of two HVAC units at Civic Center-December 2022

  • Replacing the units that serve the lobby and arena 

Removed asphalt from Maple Bay beach-October 2022

  • Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy staff and volunteers removed 5+ tons of asphalt from a former pier that had washed up on the beach. Additional removal of remaining asphalt will occur in Spring 2023.

Invasive vegetation removal and shoreline cleanup at Medalie Park-September 2022

  • Removed invasive species throughout the interior and perimiter of the property
  • Cleaned invasive and non-invasive vegetation from the shoreline to improve sightlines while retaining necessary vegetation for shoreline stabilization

Added second entrance/exit road to Keystone Soccer Complex-September 2022

  • TBAYS added a second road to enter and exit the property from Birmley Road, improving safety and guest satisfaction

Completed the Boardman Lake Loop Trail with Medalie Park as the South trailhead-July 2022

  • Cooperative project with TART Trails, Grand Traverse County, and the City of Traverse City, along with numerous community organizations 
  • Two bridges were installed at the East and west sides of Medalie Park
  • New pathway constructed through the park connecting the bridges

Expanded Power Island campsites from 10 to 15-May 2022

  • Obtained permit from EGLE to reopen five sites on adjacent Basset Island, bringing the total number of sites on the island complex to 15