Parks and Recreation Commission
Beverly Isenbarger, Chair
Paul Trumble, Planning Commission Representative
Dean Crandall, Township Board Representative
The Township has jurisdiction over several parks and public access sites. Parks include:
- Forest Home Township Family Park – The Township maintains a park on Torch Lake at the north end of the Township which is open for day use only with picnic tables, grills, a parking area and stairs down to the lake. In 2003 the Township acquired a long-term lease from the MDNR for 103 feet of Torch Lake adjacent to the park. It has a walk-in boat launch for small boats such as kayaks and canoes.
- Arrowhead Park – In 2006, Forest Home Township acquired a small parcel on the northeast shore of Clam Lake. The Parks and Recreation Committee will develop a management plan for the property.
- Loon Nursery Preserve – In 2000, the Township received a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to acquire a 32 acre preserve on the North Arm of Lake Bellaire, which is used by the threatened loon to raise their young. The Township maintains a trail down to a viewing platform on Lake Bellaire which is open dawn to dusk year round.
- Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area – In 2006, the Township received a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to acquire 165 acres of upland property which can be accessed from Eckhardt Road in the center of the Township.