Parks and Recreation

315 West Green Street
Marshall, MI 49068
(269) 781-0782
Summer hours starting June 1st to August 31st
Monday - Thursday 8 am to 5 pm
Fridays 8 am to noon
Doug Ferrall, Program Manager
Pat Dadow, Support Staff
County Parks
County Parks

Interactive Park Map


Calhoun County has four parks that offer different outdoor experiences.  Parks are open from 8 am to 9 pm seven days a week.

Historic Bridge Park, 14930 Wattles Rd., Battle Creek, MI  49014

As one of the only parks in the US that celebrates our historic bridges, this park is a must see.  The park is highlighted by five historic bridges that date back to the late 1800s.  The main attraction is Charlotte Bridge, a 182 ft. bridge that spans the main entrance.  The park also hosts an accessible boat launch, modern playground, and pavilion. For inquires about renting the pavilion at Historic Bridige Park, call (269) 781-0782 or email Please note: the Pavilion is available to rent from May 1st to October 31st.

The Ott Biological Preserve, 1129 Olive St., Battle Creek, MI  49014 and 410 Jameson St., Battle Creek, MI  49014

This greenspace includes nearly 300 acres of natural habitats.  The network of trails takes hikers through the glacially formed landscapes including two spring-fed lakes, glacial ridges, and marshland.  The Ott is known for its diversity of plant and animal life and is home to several rare and endangered plant species.  The Ott is a must-see for hikers, bird watchers and nature lovers of all kinds.

Kimball Pines, 1158 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI  49014

The park contains nearly 100 acres of outdoor recreation oportunities in a setting with a largely new growth of plants and trees.  In May 2011 the park was devastated by straight-line winds that toppled the majority of the pines for which the park is named.  The park is now being redevelopled and has a 9 hole disk golf course and restrooms.  The park is also used by the public for hiking, biking and picnicking.

The Calhoun County Trailway

Perfect for a long trek or a short stroll, the 5 1/2 mile Trailway connects Ott Biological Preserve, Kimball Pines Park, and Historic Bridge Park.  The winding non-motorized trail is perfect for walking, running and biking.  Due to its proximity to the other Calhoun County parks, it is possible to hike the Trailway by starting at any Calhoun County Park.


Calhoun County Parks and Recreation Commission are tasked with overseeing the parks that are owned by Calhoun County. The goal of the Commission is to provide a successful County Park System which results in the optimum use and acceptance of available open space and facilities by the greatest number of County residents.

The Commission is the governing body that addresses and makes recommendations for parks and recreation management. They meet on the first Thursday of each month at 4 pm. The public is always welcome to attend the meeting that is held in the Marshall location of the Calhoun County building at 315 W. Green St., Marshall in room 1-400.

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