A Better Place To Play
Among Shelby Township’s greatest assets are the world-class recreational opportunities it provides to residents. Within its borders, the township offers more than 1,200 acres in Township parks with countless sports fields, playscapes and trails. To suit recreation needs for individuals and families, the Township offers various types of facilities and adult and youth recreation programs.
Shelby Township also provides an escape for nature lovers within many of its parks. Home to more than 100 species of native birds and animals, including nesting American bald eagles, and more than 80 species of trees, shrubs and wildflowers, it’s hard to not fall for the Township’s beauty.
Along with its Parks and Recreation facilities, parks, and programs, Shelby Township is home to Cherry Creek Golf Club, one of the finest public golf and banquet destinations in Michigan, 4,000-acre Stony Creek Metropark, which is home to 500-acre Stony Creek Lake, and the Macomb Orchard Trail, a 24-mile hike and bike path that connects to 180 miles of trails across southeast Michigan.
|New park honors late Fire Chief, brings total park footprint to more than 800 acres
It was a fitting tribute to former Shelby Township Fire Chief Gene Shepherd that members of his family and the Shelby Township Fire Department were on hand for the official ribbon cutting of Chief Gene Shepherd Park June 1, 2014.
Shepherd’s wife, Lee Ann Shepherd, and his successor, Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski, joined Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis, members of the Shelby Township Fire Department and the Township Board of Trustees in opening the Townships' newest park to bring the Township's total park footprint to more than 800 acres.
Chief Gene Shepherd Park is located at 2452 23 Mile Road, east of Dequindre. The park features bocce ball courts, soccer fields and firefighter-themed play areas.
A 40 x 60 shelter with a 180 person capacity and 10 picnic tables is a fitting tribute to Shepherd as it gives families a place to come together and bond.
Shelby Township boasts more parkland per capita than any comparable, neighboring communiti
Shelby PRM continues to grow, despite slimmer budget -- “From our first-rate youth sports programming to the beautiful parks and township grounds, Director Joe Youngblood and his employees are a major part of what makes Shelby Township a great place for families," Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said. "Our Parks, Recreation and Maintenance programming and services are the crown jewel of Macomb County, and they keep getting better.”
Cherry Creek provides private golf club experience to the public
Shelby Township awarded $272K for Macomb Orchard Trail, park connection
The plan to unite Shelby Township’s Stony Creek Metropark, Macomb Orchard Trail and Chief Gene Shepherd Park as well as Oakland County’s Clinton River and Paint Creek trails got a boost from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments June 19.
The $272,333 pledged by the SEMCOG Regional Clearinghouse Review Committee from its Transportation Alternatives Program for fiscal year 2015 is the latest installment of what will be a total investment of $730,973 in new trail and trail safety upgrades from the Macomb Orchard Trail on Dequindre Road to Chief Gene Shepherd Park on 23 Mile Road.
- National trail group touts Macomb Orchard Trail -- “What drew me to (the Macomb Orchard Trail) in particular was this rural area amazing trail system with walking and biking areas,” said Laura Stark of The Rails to Trails Conservancy. “One thing I definitely found that was really cool about this trail is that it’s the backbone of an (unfinished) 70mile loop through the county with so many great parks and communities.”
- Michigan's Macomb Orchard Trail; Trail of the Month: July 2014 -- "People are discovering their county like they never have before," said Macomb County Commissioner Don Brown. "From the trail, you get a different perspective of the county than you would from a car. You see farms and open space and wooded areas. The trail passes through all of that. You really see where you're living."
Stony Creek Metropark, get away right next door
Get that “up north” feeling without leaving the suburbs at top-rated Stony Creek Metropark. Extending across Oakland and Macomb counties, 4,461 scenic-acres abound with opportunity for outdoor recreation all year long. Spend an afternoon boating or swimming in 500-acre Stony Creek Lake.
This is prime fishing country with a state record crappie caught here. Hike, bike, run or inline skate through lush woodlands, serene wetlands and tallgrass prairies. In the winter, walk, cross-country ski or snowshoe across marked trails. A winter sports area includes snowboard, sled and toboggan hills.
The Metropark also features a nature center, mountain bike skills course, disc-golf course, 18-hole regulation golf course, baseball diamonds, playgrounds, soccer fields, volleyball and basketball courts. Picnic areas with reservable shelters, grills and comfort stations are located throughout the park. Enjoy the best of nature and outdoor fun at Stony Creek Metropark.
--Visit the Stony Creek Metropark website