This park is Downtown Midland’s premiere location for events and fun! Located west across the Tridge, Chippewassee Park is a 35-acre recreational area that has something for everyone. In the winter months it is a great place for cross-country skiing, sledding and ice fishing on the surrounding Tittabawassee and Chippewa rivers. During warm weather, the park is quite popular due to the large picnic shelter (available for reservation), picnic tables, grills, play equipment, extensive fitness course, open fields, and paved trails.
Chippewassee Park is known for its festivals and events held during the summer. Tunes by the Tridge, a weekly concert series, features bands of various genres playing next to the Farmers’ Market and Midland’s famed Tridge. Chippewassee Park hosts the annual Riverdays Festival each July, and is a favorite location to watch Midland’s fireworks on the fourth of July. Chippewassee is also home to Trilogy Skate Park. Find out more…
The Midland Farmers Market structure is an integral part of Downtown Midland. Located at the foot of Ashman Street, it hosts the Midland Area Farmers Market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, May – October. Throughout the summer, visitors and residents alike will also find numerous other activities and events in this centerpiece of Downtown Midland.
To reserve the Farmers Market structure for an event, contact the Midland City Manager’s Office at 989-837-330. To participate in the Wednesday and Saturday morning Farmers Market, contact the Midland Area Community Foundation, 989-839-9901.
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Wear your suit and let this fun spray park squirt, sprinkle, and splash your summertime blues away! The Gerstacker Sprayground is located at 201 Wyman, along the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail near the Farmers Market. It offers free water fun for children of all ages. A combination of huge, bubbly fountains and small, squirting spouts make the park the perfect place to cool off on a warm afternoon. Water shoes are recommended as surfaces may be slippery. Restroom facilities are located nearby.
Park Hours: Water features operate from Dawn-Dusk during the summer months. Park open June 1 – October 1. Find out more…
Midland’s Only Dog Park (located at Chippewassee Park)
This four-acre dog park, located in Downtown Midland, is a barking good time! Midland’s first and only dog park was created in 2005 at the westerly end of Chippewassee Park near the Trilogy Skatepark. The area was made possible by a generous gift of $40,000 from an anonymous donor and plans designed by a group of interested citizens and Midland Parks and Recreation.
The dog park is fenced in, and has a combination of wooded and open areas where dogs can run free. A water source (during the warm weather months) and various agility courses are provided to make your pet’s romps more enjoyable. A separate area in the dog park is earmarked for smaller dogs, and a gravel parking area has been added near the park for dog owners’ vehicles. Waste bags are provided for use at the park. Trails are compacted in the snow to allow easier walking for dog owners in the winter.
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Ned S. Arbury Centennial Park
Centennial Park is a tribute to The Dow Chemical Company’s relationship with the Midland community. Upon entering the park, visitors will pass under the “Centennial Passage.” This sculpture, created by Neil Goodman, symbolizes the interwoven history of Dow Chemical and the city of Midland. Visitors may also view “Midland, the City of Modern Explorers,” a bronze casting created by well-known Detroit-area artist Corrado Joseph Paducci. Residents will love the quiet beauty of this artistic park.
Trilogy Skatepark – Inline Skates & Skateboards ~ Located in Chippewassee Park, just over the Tridge in downtown Midland, you can find Trilogy Skatepark. This 15,000-square-foot facility offers the latest in outdoor fun for both skateboarders and in-line skaters. Helmets and other safety gear are strongly suggested. Sorry… for safety reasons, bikes are not allowed inside the skatepark. The park is lighted for evening skating. In the winter months, the park will not be available if snow is present.
Park Hours: Sunday-Saturday, 8 a.m.–10:30 p.m. (unavailable if snow is present)
Midland County Courthouse
In 1919, Midland’s Supervisors passed a resolution to bond construction of a County Courthouse in the amount of $225,000. Bloodgood Tuttle, of Detroit and Cleveland, was the architect chosen to draw up the plans. Herbert Henry Dow, founder of The Dow Chemical Company, was intent that the Courthouse commemorate this area’s early history, and contributed generously with time and money toward the building’s completion. A modified Tudor-type, the building was decorated inside and out by Detroit artist Paul Honore, who used plastic magnesia cements – a product of the brine that underlies Midland County – to delineate Midland County’s story: trapping, trading, lumbering, farming, and chemical manufacturing. Find out more…
Pere Marquette Rail-Trail
This six-foot-wide asphalt trail begins at the Farmer’s Market in Downtown Midland and extends 30 miles to the city of Clare. Located on the former CSX railway right-of-way, the rail trail is perfect for most non-motorized activities including walking, running, and in-line skating. Along the trail, you can access village, city, and county parks, enjoy views from the former railway bridges, and visit the communities of Midland, Sanford, Coleman, and Clare. The trail also connects to the new, four-mile Chippewa Trail.
Click here to find a comprehensive map of the 30-mile Pere Marquette Rail-Trail. Find out more…
The Santa House was built in 1987, thanks to the Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF) and area donors. It features a slanted roof for reindeer take-offs, a bay window trimmed for the holidays, a charming stucco and fieldstone exterior, and a clock and glockenspiel added in 1997 to celebrate the 100th birthday of The Dow Chemical Company. The beautiful structure helps Santa’s residence blend with the architecture of the Midland County Courthouse located next door. Throughout the house, elves are busy at work, and are assigned new tasks each season. An authentic train, Christmas tree, and seasonal music add to the experiences of the house during the winter holiday season.
The Holiday Lighting of the Midland County Courthouse – A Downtown Tradition ~ It’s a magical evening each year when the lights go on in front of the Midland County Courthouse and, for many children and adults, the holidays begin! Santa arrives each year in late November or early December, and stays until after his working hours on December 23. Beautiful lawn displays and twinkling lights continue through New Year’s Day.
The Holiday Lighting tradition began in the 1930s when Mrs. Herbert H. Dow made sure that small trees decorated with many tiny lights were placed around the courthouse each Christmas season – truly a lovely sight for all to enjoy! Today the tradition continues through seasonal displays and the Santa House, made possible through the generosity of the Midland Area Community Foundation, Midland County, the City of Midland, an endowment through the late local philanthropist Gil Currie, and the citizens of Midland. Find out more…
The Tridge, located in the heart of Downtown Midland, is a three-way pedestrian footbridge that has become an icon for the city of Midland. The Tridge marks the spot where two waterways – the Tittabawassee and Chippewa rivers – meet. Built in 1981, the Tridge has become a favoriate meeting place for people of all ages, and connects Chippewassee and St. Charles parks as well as other natural areas along the rivers. Although used mainly as a footbridge, bicycles, skateboards, and in-line skates are also seen on the pedestrian bridge
Each Labor Day, citizens walk the Tridge much in the same way that visitors walk Michigan’s famed Mackinac Bridge.