Peninsula Township Parks
Bowers Harbor Park Expansion Planning
Peninsula Township, with the assistance of grant funds from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, and significant private donations, recently completed acquisition of 60 acres of land adjacent to the current Bowers Harbor Park. It is the intention of Peninsula Township to expand the park into a community recreation area that will excite and inspire our residents and provide varied leisure and sports opportunities for kids and adults.
The Peninsula Township Park Commission has been asked to complete a park planning process that will consider the original park area and the expansion area as one cohesive recreation area in order to provide the best resource to our residents.
A committee was formed in late May that will be assisting the Park Commission in carrying out the planning process over a period of months, including extensive public consultation.
For more information, please contact Susie Shipman, Park Commissioner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming BHP Expansion Committee Meetings:
The Peninsula Township Park Commission is composed of (5) members that are elected to a 4 year term. Their names and positions are listed below. Each member can be reached by email by clicking on their name.
The Park Commission has the responsibility for the development and operation of all the township parks and works with the Township Building and Grounds staff to maintain the parks for the benefit of all park users.
Your comments and questions concerning Peninsula Township Parks are very valuable to the Park Commission and we urge you to share your concerns at any time by emailing any of the members or in writing to the following address:
Peninsula Township Park Commission
13235 Center Road
Traverse City, Michigan 49686
If your concerns are urgent or involve an issue of public safety your emailed or written comments will receive a prompt response from a park commission member. General questions and concerns are addressed at the Park Commission monthly meetings and you can expect both a timely consideration and response.Park Commission meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the township office and are open to the public. Park Commission meeting dates and previous meeting agendas and minutes are available on the township website.
If you have questions about a specific park please contact the Park Commissioner assigned to that park:
Shipman & Griffiths = Murray & Ridgewood trailheads
Shipman = Pelizzari Natural Area
Sanders = Bowers Harbor
Andrus = Log Church and Haserot
Griffiths = Lighthouse Park
Sanders = Archie Park
Pelizzari Natural Area Map it!
An enormous amount of work has taken place at Pelizzari Natural Area since Peninsula Township formally took ownership in July of 2009.
Click HERE for a Pelizzari Natural Area map
Please keep your dog on a leash while in the Pelizzari Natural Area.
2010 Peninsula Township Recreation Plan and Pelizzari Natural Area Management Plan.
Bowers Harbor Park Map It!
This facility is the major park for recreation programming.
See below for Pavilion Reservations.
Haserot Park & Boat Launch Map it!
The only improved public beach access on the Old Mission Peninsula is located at Haserot Beach on Old Mission Harbor. The Township boat launch is also at this location
Archie Roadside Park Map it!
Archie Park is a roadside park on M-37, near Gray and Bluff Roads. There are no Department of Transportation roadside parks, and the Township Park is used by a variety of people. The Department of Transportation employees use the area for temporary storage of equipment and as a place for eating lunch. Bicyclists use the park as a parking lot and staging area for tours of Old Mission Peninsula. As traffic increases, additional use is anticipated for this small park. It is also the only public access to east Bay south of Old Mission except for the DNR Launch Site at East Shore Road and M-37.
Lighthouse Park Map it!
Because of its location at the end of the Peninsula and the end of M-37, and the historic site for the Lighthouse, this park is receiving an annual increase in users. It is commonly utilized as a year round facility.
Click HERE Lighthouse Historic Structure Report.
Old Mission Point Park Map it!
Adjacent (south) to the Lighthouse Park, this land was acquired by lease with the help of the Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.
Cultural Center/Historic Church Map it!
This small historical site has recently been discovered by the public since the Park Board installed historic documents and improved the historic story of the area. On site parking is available and the church is open daily.
On March 15, 2011, new Department of Justice rules took effect, specifying the “other power-driven mobility devices” (OPDMD) that could be used on trails by “individuals with mobility disabilities.” Our Peninsula Township Parks and Trails are in compliance with the the Department of Justice ruling. We encourage all of our park visitors to enjoy their time on the trails and to operate at a safe pedestrian speed if they are using their OPDMD. Please contact one of our Park Commissioners with any questions. For more information please visit: www.americantrails.org/resources/accessible/OPDMD-DOJ-requirement-basic.html.
The pavilions at Bowers Harbor park can be reserved for a fee June through September. Please contact the Susan Piehl (231) 223-7322 ext. 1 (email: email@example.com) for availability, then use the link below to complete the request for reservation and submit it with the appropriate fee. No reservations will be made until the fee and application have been received.
Click to view/print a Pavilion Reservation Request Form
NOTE: If the approximate number of people at your event is more than 50 people, you will be required to get a Special Events Permit approved by the Park Commission. Please see Special Events Application below. Click to view/print a Special Events Permit Application. Businesses and Non-Profits with a group larger than 50 people must also submit a Certificate of Liability Insurance naming "Peninsula Township" and "Peninsula Township Park Commission" as additional insured in the amount of at least one million dollars prior to your event.
Click to view/print Parks Ordinance #5
Pavilion #1 - 40'x18', 8 picnic tables (1 is handicap accessible),3 grills, $60.00.
Pavilion #2 - 25'x18', 4 picnic tables, 2 grills, $30.00.
Pavilion #3 - 25'x18',4 picnic tables (1 is handicap accessible), 2 grills $30.00.
Click to print a Pavilion Location Map