Parks and Recreation Department
Municipal Service Center – 4811
N. Saginaw Rd. Midland, MI 48640 Phone: 989-837-6930 Email: email@example.com
2840 E. Monroe Rd. (1/4 mile west of Eastman Ave.), Midland, MI 48640
Call: 989-835-7011 during hours of operation or the
Parks Office at 989-837-6930
The Chalet at City Forest is available for
rent from April 15 to November 15 for all types of occasions. The Chalet
Building is rented for $30 an hour with a two-hour minimum. You can check
availability dates and make your reservation by contacting Parks and
Recreation. For further information
please view our City Forest
Brochure or the City
Forest Chalet contract.
City Forest – Winter Activities
winter, there is an outdoor ice rink, sled hills, cross country skiing, and an
old-fashioned toboggan run to enjoy at City Forest, Midland’s 520-acre nature
park. Read below for more on specific wintertime recreational opportunities.
Click here for frequently asked questions regarding snow shoeing and
other activities in the park in the winter.
Status/Weather Conditions for Tobogganing, Ski Trails, Other Activities
Hours of Operation – THE CHALET (WHICH PROVIDES
EQUIPMENT RENTALS) IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. Feel free to enjoy the sled hill, skate rink
and ski trails at your own risk as weather permits.
*4 p.m. to 9 p.m. CLOSED
*10 a.m. to 9 p.m. CLOSED
*Noon to 6 p.m. CLOSED
December 23-January 4
**Unless otherwise noted below
a.m. to 9 p.m.
**December 24, 31, January 1
a.m. to 5 p.m.
*Hours of operation determined by weather
The sledding hill is lighted and available for sledding (at your own
risk) daily from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Bring
your plastic sled or tube to our groomed sledding hill. Sleds are available for rental for $2.00 per
sled per two-hour rental. Sorry, for
safety reasons, toboggans, steel runner sleds and snowboards are not permitted
on the sled hill.
City Forest has four iced, elevated runs. Toboggans can be rented for $6
per hour, for a two-hour maximum. The toboggan run is operational as weather
permits and only available when staff is present. Toboggans must be rented from the City Forest;
no personal toboggans are allowed.
Reservations are not taken for tobogganing.
Cross Country Skiing
Midland City Forest offers wonderful cross country skiing on groomed
trails for classic and skate skiing. Trails are designed for skiers of all levels,
from beginner to an advanced 11k loop. A 1k (.6 of a mile) beginner trail is
lighted from dusk until 8 p.m. every evening that the City Forest is open. City
Forest can also be utilized by horses in the spring, summer and fall
months. We ask that during the winter
season when cross country ski trails are being groomed that equestrians do not
utilize the trail system.
Rental Rates: Classic skis,
boots and poles can be rented for $10 per two-hour rental, skate skis can be
rented for $15 per two-hour rental, and they are available at the garage at the
west end of the parking lot.
Skating & Hockey
There’s an outdoor leisure skating rink at City Forest as weather
permits. There is no fee to skate on this rink and hockey not allowed. Skate
rental is available during hours of operation; cost is just $2.00 per pair per
Emerson Park: An outdoor regulation-size hockey rink is
also available - depending on weather conditions - at Emerson Park, located at
the corner of Main St. and Orchard Dr. The outdoor rink is lighted from 5:30 p.m.
until 10 p.m. evenings.
Indoor Skating & Hockey: Figure skating, speed skating, and hockey
leagues are operated by community organizations headquartered at the Midland Civic Arena. Please
click on this link, or contact the appropriate organization below for further
Chalet is used for a rustic warming house during winter activity hours of
operation as listed below. The Chalet is a great
place to go after a cold day of play outdoors. Enjoy a beautiful stone
fireplace, buy a hot chocolate, and watch the action from large picture windows
that look out onto the grounds. The Chalet has restrooms, telephones, and
a snack bar. During winter activities, the Chalet
cannot be reserved for private parties or allow outside food.
Reserve the Chalet: From April 15-November 15 each year, the
Chalet is the perfect place for a baby shower, meeting, birthday party, or
other special event. It holds up to 56
people (contains eight 6’ picnic tables), and there’s a kitchen/serving area
with refrigerator available. The Chalet
can be reserved after the second Monday in January. Contact the Parks and
Recreation office for details.