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Parks & Recreation

Begg Park

Located at 503 Military Ave, on vacated Fort Custer property. Begg Park is named in memory of residents George and Cora Begg.  The handicap accessible park has had many capital improvements over the last 10 years.

 Begg park in the largest park within the City of Springfield.  Its 20.7 acres provide an abundance of recreational opportunities, including an 18-hole professionally designed disc golf course, a playground area, a picnic pavilion, open spaces, tree shaded areas, paved walking trails, and a  brook that cuts through the park’s center.  The 9,500 square foot Farmers Market building is leased to Sprout BC, it is used as a distribution center for their Sprout box program. Begg park also hosts annual city-wide events.     

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Springfield Schools Memorial Park

Formally known as Upton Park is a 6.2 acre park between Nettles and Upton Avenue.  The park features a 1 acre pond used for fishing and model boat racing as well as quiet enjoyment by residents.  In addition, the park has a pavilion used for picnics, playground equipment, a basketball court, and a walking trail that circles the pond.

The park serves residents in the Central and Eastern neighborhoods and is located in the center of one of Springfield’s most established neighborhoods.  The park is visited by a variety of residents including older adults who enjoy walking along the pond and children that enjoy the play structure and basketball courts.  There are a number of geese that make the pond their home in the summer months.

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B. Carol Hinton Park

In 2012, the City of Springfield received a grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment to create a park out of a small piece of city-owned property near the intersection of 27th Street and Frisbie Boulevard.   Previously there had been no parks in this particular section of the City and access to other parks was hindered by having to cross Dickman Rd to the North.  The City built a play scape and installed basketball courts; all surrounded by an unobtrusive fence.

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Rothchild Park

Rothchild Park is an approximately 12 acre park located off Helmer Road and Harmonia Road at the northwest border of the city.  The City of Springfield named the park in honor of longtime city councilman Saul Rothchild.  The open park features a pavilion with picnic tables and a large green space.

 The Park was created when Helmer Road was reconstructed to join with Bedford Road.  The city used the vacated land to create the park to serve the residents who lived in the northern sections of the city.  The large open field allows plenty of space for nearby children to play a variety of sports including soccer, football, and baseball.  Families enjoy the picnic pavilion that is available for private gatherings.