Parks & Recreation

Parks and Recreation Commission

Beverly Isenbarger, Chair
Paul Trumble, Planning Commission Representative
Dean Crandall, Township Board Representative
Carrie Butler
Sheryl Guy

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.