Shelby Township Parks and Facilities
|Chief Gene Shepherd Park
Shelby Township’s newest park, Chief Gene Shepherd Park is located at 2452 23 Mile Road, east of Dequindre. The park features a 40 x 60 shelter with a 180 person capacity and 10 picnic tables. Recreational activities include a playground area, soccer, tennis, volleyball, horseshoe, bocce ball, and walking trails. The park was renamed in honor of Fire Chief Eugene Shepherd as he retired from the department.
|Ford Field Central Park
Ford Field Central Park was established in 2005 and carries a tradition of baseball and fun. It has five baseball/softball diamonds—two of which have lights and can host night games. In the fall, two of the fields are converted into three soccer fields.
In 2001, the State of Michigan deeded the 200-acre parcel now known as Holland Ponds to Shelby Township. Once part of the State’s Rochester-Utica Recreation Area, the area was named in honor of Don Holland, former Township Assessor and Chairman of the Building Authority who was instrumental in the planning of Shelby Township’s properties, specifically its park system.
Part of a clean-up project by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, this area which is adjacent to the former G & H Landfill and backs up to Yates Cider Mill, was once considered lost because of toxic waste. Due to the clean-up efforts it has made a tremendous come-back, and is now home to thriving wildlife, fish, and plant communities. Visitors regularly see proof of its success in the variety of flourishing wildlife such as blue herons, green herons, great blue herons, little green Herons and great egrets that choose Holland Ponds to make their homes.
On May 7, 2001, the 34-acre Lombardo Park opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Board of Trustees. The first official baseball game was played by the Shelby Baseball and Softball Club. The park is located at 11695 22 Mile Road just east of M-53.
Lombardo Park features four ball diamonds, nature trails, a playscape, and a small pavilion with restrooms. The park was dedicated in memory of the late Cosmo Lombardo after his family donated the property to Shelby Township to develop for the community to enjoy. The Shelby Township Fraternal Order of Police donated funds for scoreboards at the ball diamonds, and the Shelby Baseball and Softball Club provided funds for the field irrigation system and and other equipment for the ball diamonds.
|Mae Stecker Park
The crack of a bat and the roar of a crowd are some of the many sounds of summer you’ll hear almost any day or night of the week at Mae Stecker Park. Opened in 1974, this 14-acre parcel was named in memory of a former Shelby Township Clerk. The park is located at 8600 24 Mile Road east of Van Dyke.
Mae Stecker Park’s playscape was erected in 1997 with financial assistance from the Shelby Township Fraternal Order of Police. The tennis courts, and sand volleyball pits make this park popular for all ages.
The park’s features include a small indoor pavilion with modern restrooms and a meeting room, three lighted softball diamonds with electronic scoreboards, basketball courts, a 1.5 mile hiking trail, picnic tables, tot lot, playscape, sand volleyball pits, tennis courts and a picnic shelter.
|River Bends Park
River Bends Park is indeed an outstanding community resource. It is rich in plant and animal life, and has historical significance as well. In 2000, a bridge was constructed to connect the two sections of River Bends Park.
The park is divided into two sections by the Clinton River, which flows through the park in an area approximately six miles long. The main entrance to the eastern section of the Park located on 22 Mile Road. This section includes picnic areas, three picnic shelters, rest rooms, and a hiking trail. The flood plain along the east side of the river provides an 18-hole Frisbee golf course for more active recreation. Evidence of the historic Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal borders the eastern boundary of River Bends Park.
|Whispering Woods Park
Developed with families in mind, this 49.5-acre park offers a variety of recreational opportunities for all ages. In 1998, the Shelby-Utica Kiwanis Club funded the purchase and construction of a handicap accessible, environmentally-friendly playscape made of recycled plastics.
Features of Whispering Woods include: nine soccer fields, an irrigated baseball diamond, a comfort station, sand volleyball pits, 11-piece tot lot, barrier free Kiwanis playscape, two picnic shelters, picnic tables, walking/jogging paths and basketball courts.
|Woodall Neighborhood Park and Skate Park
Located inside River Bends Park, Woodall Neighborhood Park is appealing to those who enjoy sports, nature and wildlife.
The Woodall Pavilion feature includes a 1,200-square-foot picnic shelter with restrooms, a 1.6-mile paved fitness trail, water in restrooms, barbecue grills, picnic tables, basketball courts, sledding hill when weather permits, two baseball diamonds, two soccer fields, roller/ice hockey rink and a "dinosaur" playscape.
The park is also home to the township's skate park in teh summer and a sledding hill in the winter.
|Shelby Township Community Center
If you are over age 50 and grew up in the Shelby Township area, you may remember this building as Disco Elementary School. The facility is situated on 10 acres at 51670 Van Dyke, one light north of 23 Mile Road. It was purchased from Utica Community Schools in the early 1980’s, and it is now home to the Shelby Township Library, the 41-A District Court, Shelby TV studios and the Shelby Township Senior Center.
The 10-acre park was completed in early 1998 with funding and support from the Shelby Township Lions Club. With irrigation, flat land, dense turf, and electronic scoreboards, these “Class A” fields have become favorites for local soccer leagues.
The Historic Hope Chapel was built in the 1890s as Hope United Methodist Church, and its original home was on the west side of Van Dyke Avenue, just north of 24 Mile Road. In 2001 it was moved from that site and placed on the Shelby Township Municipal Grounds at 52700 Van Dyke Ave. south of 24 Mile Road next to the Andrews School House Museum. Thanks to several generous donations of funding and labor, the Chapel has been renovated, and is available for wedding ceremonies year around except for Holidays that the Township offices are closed and during special events.