The City of Bay City Parks Division manages and maintains 238 Acres of parkland and related facilities. Twenty-five individual park areas, along with 10 miles of Railtrail & Riverwalk provide diverse recreational opportunities and experiences for residents and visitors. The Parks Division employs a workforce of six full time employees including a Parks Manager, Administrative Assistant, Maintenance Supervisor and three maintenance employees. Part-time seasonal workers and private contractors provide the additional resources needed to provide services. The Division also oversees the maintenance and management of the Liberty Harbor Marina, James Clements Airport and Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Park Facilities

To View Park Facilities, or Reserve a Park Pavilion for a Special Date:
Click Here for Park Locations, Pictures, Reservation Availability and Pricing.

Tree Donations in Partnership with the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy (SBLC)

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Visit to donate a tree to one of our five select parks which are part of the Taking Root program. 

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Boat Launches

  •   Cass Ave. Boat Launch  620 Harrison St. Bay City, MI
  •   Golson Boat Launch  1598 N. Johnson St. Bay City, MI
  •   Veterans Boat Launch  Bay City, MI 
  •   DNR  1 Shady Shore Rd, Bay City, MI 48706
  •   Smith Park Boat Launch  Essexville, MI 48732
  •   Zilwaukee Boat Ramp  190 Front St, Saginaw, MI  48604
  •   Rust Boat Launch  282 Lee St, Saginaw, MI 48602
  •   Full List of Boat Launches Visit: Michigan Water Trails
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Gardening Opportunities

The City of Bay City, works in partnership with Bay City in Bloom, to make adopting a pocket garden possible.

Pocket Gardens are adopted with a minimum of a one-year commitment.

To apply to become a gardening volunteer, click Here

Gardening opportunities exist throughout Arboretum and other City Parks. City staff or a BCIB volunteer will reach out once the application is submitted.  

  1. Parks, Buildings & Grounds Division

    Physical Address
    1645 Marquette Avenue
    Bay City, MI 48706

    Fax: 989-894-8210

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Events in Bay City

If you are looking for information on events taking place in Bay City, check out Bay Arts & Culture. 

Bay Arts and Culture Commission