Kimball Pines Park
Location: 1158 East Michigan Ave., Battle Creek
Size: 117 acres
Kimball Pines is located off Michigan Avenue, behind the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility in Emmett Township. It was formerly known as Kimball Sanitarium, until it was purchased in the 1960s and became part of the Calhoun County park system. In the 1930s and 1940s 100 acres of plantation pines were planted at this location. The park also contains deciduous woodlands, ponds, and a creek which is a tributary of the Kalamazoo River.
In May 2011, most the park’s pine trees were toppled by straight line winds. In the years since, the park has transformed while the downed trees were logged and sold. The park is now ready for redevelopment.
In the past, the park hosted Silver Leaf Renaissance Faire and had a professional level disc golf course. Nine holes of the disc golf course have been restored, with beginner and expert tee pads so everyone can enjoy the course. The site contains two restroom facilities, with only one open currently. Also, various trails meander through the southern end of the park, including an offshoot of the North Country Trail. A copy of the Kimball Pines Site Layout Plan is provided in the appendix.
None of the amenities prior to the storm were ADA compliant including parking lots, trails, or restrooms. The one area which is accessible is the Calhoun County Trail that runs along the perimeter of the park.