The Pittsfield Preserve
In late April, 2002, Pittsfield Charter Township completed the purchase of 535 acres of new parkland, located north of Michigan Ave., and bounded by Morgan, Marton, and Platt Road. This township acquisition, historic in both its size and richness of natural features, straddles two watersheds--the Huron River, and the Saline River, a tributary of the River Raisin. The park holds a Great Blue Heron colony of over 40 nests, a buttonbush swamp harboring threatened species, and numerous small wetlands, woods and meadows. The new parkland surrounds the township's previously acquired P.G. Palmer Park, 39 acres of woodland, wetlands, and open field, and the Morgan Road pump station, on 20 acres of mature woods. The Park Commission is working to create a master plan for the new park, incorporating trails and nature observation, and facilities for active recreation.
See the menu on the left to enjoy an illustrated tour of the park. A detailed inventory of the park's natural treasures, and long term measures to protect them, can be seen in the forest stewardship plan.
Marsh View Meadows Park at the Pittsfield Preserve
Located at 300 E. Textile Road, 1/2 mile east of S. State Rd, this 54 acre park opened in December, 2006. Facilities include restrooms, pavilion, picnicking and grills, 2 playground structures, playfield area, interpretive signage, 2 wetland observation decks, a wetland boardwalk, and 2 miles of ADA nature trails constructed with funding, in part, from a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant and Pittsfield Township. See the menu on the left for a map of the park.
Only an abandoned gravel quarry area a short time ago, this park provides sweeping vistas, two lakes, ADA nature trails, 2 fishing docks, a 250 ft boardwalk over Turtle Rock Pond, wildlife observation areas, interpretive signage, forest management education, and much more. This park is actually three parks, Lillie North, South and East. The facility has two entrances on Platt Road, Lillie North is a 1/4 mile south of Ellsworth Road, and Lillie South/East are a 1/2 mile south of Ellsworth Road. The park provides a great variety of recreational choices. Funded in part by three DNR Trust Fund grants, the park contains 3 miles of trails, 2 playground structures, restrooms, 4 pavilions, picnicking and soccer fields. Recent land acquisition increased the overall size of Lillie Park to 148 acres from its previous 124 acres. See the menu to the left for a map of Lillie Park.
Located at 4305 Ellsworth Road and just east of Carpenter Road, this 52 acre park is home to adult softball leagues and tournaments, summer day camp, pre-school and grade- school nature and activities programs, cross-country skiing, annual picnics, nature interpretive walks, and many other family and community events. The park contains 2 softball fields, 4 tennis courts, 1 1/2 miles of accessible pathways, a pavilion, 2 play structures, outdoor grills, a sledding area, and a 17-acre wood sheltering 1 ¼ miles of Paint Creek, a tributary of Stony Creek.
Pittsfield Township Park
Next to the township's Community Center building at 701 W. Ellsworth Road, at the intersection with State St., this 7-acre park has a pavilion with an accessible pathway, 1 softball field, 3 t-ball fields, a playground, and picnic tables and grills. The park hosts the popular youth t-ball program, softball practices, summer day camp, pre-school programs, a new adult kickball league, and many special programs for all ages.
The township's newest park development officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 14, 2007. The park is located at 6201 W. Michigan Ave., behind the Township Administrative Building. The park is 10 acres and includes a 1/2 mile wetland/prairie trail, 2 playground structures, picnicking, a parking lot and entrance off of Platt Rd.