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Pierson Township  received a generous land donation from Jay and Diane Bassett of just under three acres, behind the Township Hall.  This land, in combination of land already held by the Township, will be developed into an approximate five-acre community multi-use park/recreation area.


In 2017 Pierson Township created a Parks & Recreation Committee.  All meetings are open to the public! We welcome all!


The 2021-2025 Parks & Recreation Plan was adopted on January 12, 2021 at the Special Meeting/Public Hearing.  Big thanks to the committee members for their hard work in putting the community ideas and dreams into a written livable document.  The Parks & Recreation Plan will allow the township to apply for grant dollars for creation of a park(s) in Pierson Township. We will be fundraising and project planning and anticipate to break ground on the Park Spring 2022!

Watch for developments to the parking lot on Amy School & Pierson Road for safety while using the Village of Pierson Ball Fields on Amy School & Pierson Rd. Thank you to Republic Services for being a great neighbor!

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Currently there is a Pop Can for Parks Drive going on. There are clean trash totes outside the township hall for donations of cans & bottles. 


Thank you for sharing your cans!


Watch for future Paint Events! Food, friendship and FUNdraising for the Pierson Township Parks & Recreation Fund!

Follow on the  Special Events Page.

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Parks & Rec

2022 Meeting schedule:


Committee Members:

Sara Burkholder 

Ellie Newsome

Rainell Carle

2 vacancies  

Consultant: Don Knottnerus 

Tom Boman 

Winslow Liaison

There is much to do for the Park and the DNR Grant Application!

Additional meetings will be held to get this work done.
We  welcome all helpers, donators and dreamers to participate in this exciting venture for Pierson Township.

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Parks & Recreation Meetings & minutes
January 6, 2022
Fundraising: February 1 at 6 pm
February 10, 2022 draft - approved 3/10
Fundraising: February 28 at 6 pm
March 10, 2022 at 6 pm
April 11, 2022 at 6 pm
May 17, 2022 at 6 pm
Additional meetings to be added.
May 13, 2021
June 10, 2021
August 9, 2021
September 9. 2021
November 4, 2021
January 16, 2020
April 16, 2020
May 14, 2020
June 11, 2020
July 16, 2020
September meeting cancelled.
October 15, 2020
December 3, 2020


April 11, 2019 at 5 pm

May 16, 2019 at 5 pm

June 13, 2019 at 5 pm

October 10, 2019 at 5 pm

Click date for meeting minutes or agenda

Meetings are open to the public and reminders will be posted on the Facebook page and the door of the Township Hall. Sign up for email reminders by clicking here.

The committee is an advisory committee to the Township Board. The Parks & Recreation Committee welcomes the public to attend and help grow recreation in Pierson Township.




The township has hired Feenstra & Assoc. Engineering firm to help with the design and construction of the new park. Below is the second latest concept drawing for the new park. The goal is to be inclusive of all ages and capabilities. The project will most likely be done in phases as funds are available. 


We WELCOME community input as this is a COMMUNITY PROJECT! 


Join P&R for any meetings, fundraising events or just send suggestions to for meeting discussions!

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Winslow Park was dedicated to the public in 1923 so the the people could enjoy the beauty of Big Whitefish Lake.  We look forward to developing Winslow Park into a family friendly environment for all to enjoy!   


Signs have been placed for parking for the safety of the visitors and the residents of the lake. 


Please be courteous of the residents of the lake, as to park where allowed.

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LWL DNR - boat launch

There is lake access at Little Whitefish Lake owned and maintained by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  This 3.19 acre site has a gravel parking, rules signage, restroom and boat launch.

This wooded area is nestled along the residential homes of Little Whitefish Lake residents. Please be courteous of the residents of the lake.

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Community Garden

White Pine Trail


The White Pine Trail is owned and maintained by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail is the longest rail/trail stretching a distance of 92 miles on the former Grand Rapids and Indiana Rail bed. 

There are approximately 29 miles of the White Pine Trail that have yet to be paved and almost 7 of those miles run from Sand Lake to Howard City in the Village of Pierson and Pierson Township.



Resolutions were signed by Villages of Howard City, Pierson and Sand Lake and Reynolds and Pierson Township to show our support and request for funding to pave the remaining 7 acres!  

The Pierson Township Board dedicated $9K to the project in 2021.


Great News!  The DNR has some grant funds that are being targeted to the Sand Lake to Howard City portion (aka Pierson!)  That changes the possible paving to this spring/summer! 2022!

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There have been monthly meetings lead by Pierson Township and Village of Howard City with the Friends of the White Pine, DNR, Michigan Rails to Trails and other community leaders to keep this project on the horizon.

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