The City of Hillsdale Recreation Department provides a variety of recreational opportunities to the Greater Hillsdale Community. Youth and Adult sports, parks, boating, waterfront activities, and 7.5 miles of maintained, multi-use non-motorized trails are among the many recreational opportunities available. Working closely with local organizations and service groups, Hillsdale Recreation is able to keep our community active!
Hillsdale's geographic location gives residents the benefit of enjoying recreational diversity in its parks and places throughout the City. Parks range from dowtown and neighborhoods to waterfront offering a little something for everyone. Mrs. Stock's Park, Sandy Beach, Owen Memorial, Waterworks, Fields of Dreams, Cold Springs, and Keekoose Parks offer any number of activities one might desire: pavilions for gatherings, picnics, summer concerts, outdoor movies, wedding venues, disc golf, swimming, sports, and boating. Reservations are available. Please contact the Recreation Department for details.
Organized sports are available year round for both youth and adults. Registration information is made available on the website, Facebook, schools, and City Hall in Downtown Hillsdale. Open registration is also announced on the local radio station (WCSR) and the local newspaper (Hillsdale Daily News).
While Hillsdale Recreation does not offer Senior Programs at this time, the Hillsdale Recreation Department keeps its ever-growing senior population up to date on available activities, services, and important issues through Perennial Park, Hillsdale County Senior Services Center. For more information about Perennial Park click here.
The City of Hillsdale and Hillsdale Township are currently in the process of updating the Joint Recreation Plan.
Established in 2010, the Headwaters Recreational Authority is charged with overseeing the planning, construction, and maintenance of a regional non-motorized multi-use trail system. The Authority consists of representatives from the City of Hillsdale, City of Jonesville, Hillsdale Township, and Fayette Township. The future of trails, non-motorized transporation, and recreation in the greater Hillsdale area is about to get connected. Opportunities for trail development, including new linkages to existing trails and better connections to regional and downtown amemnities, are just a few of the visions for trails throughout Hillsdale County.
The City of Hillsdale and Hillsdale Recreation considers safety to be of utmost importance when providing athletic programs for area youth. Because recognition and treatment of athletes who have suffered a concussion has become a national priortiy, the City of Hillsdale / Hillsdale Recreation have adopted a Concussion Management Policy in accordance with MCL 333.9155 and MCL 333.9156. In doing so, coaches, parents, and athletes are made aware and informed of signs of concussion and how to act accordingly should such an occurrence arise.
With the Concussion Management Policy in place, coaches will be required to recieve certified Youth Sports Traing annually. Training is provided at no charge through Center for Disease Control http://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71548_54783_63943---,00.html.
Parents and Athletes must read and sign a Parent & Ahtlete Acknowledgement Form. It is important for Parents and Athletes to recognize signs and symptoms of concussion along with coaches in order to better ensure the safety of our children. Please note this form must be on file with Hiillsdale Recreation in order for your child to participate. Please return it with at the time of registration. For additional information regarding concussion; recognizing signs, symptoms and treatment click here.
The City of Hillsdale offers dock slip rental spaces along the Baw Beese Lake shoreline. Cost: $200 City Resident/$325 Non-City Resident. "Premium" slips are available along the wharf; cost: $250 City Resident/$375 Non-City Resident Rental timeline is April 15 - October 15. Call Hillsdale Recreation for space availability: 517-437-6457.
May 20 & 21st 8th Annual Fields of Dreams Late Spring Classic 10U, 12U
June 3rd & 4th 3rd Annual End of School Clash 10U, 12U, 13U
July 14, 15, 16th - 10th Annual Fields of Dreams Mid-Summer Classic 14U
July 21, 22nd - 10th Annual Fields of Dreams Late Summer Classic 10U, 12U
Michelle Loren, Director