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A Community of Beauty
City of Midland maintains 72
City parks on 2,700 acres of land - more than
twice the amount of park land in the cities of Mt. Pleasant, Bay City, and Saginaw
combined! †Small neighborhood parks nestled within residential areas are found
throughout the city so that each neighborhood has a unique place for family
recreation and small gatherings.†Larger groups can enjoy the
amenities of several big parks in the city. Two of the community's largest parks, Emerson and Plymouth,
are favorites for softball diamonds, sheltered picnic areas, playgrounds, and - at Plymouth Park - an
is found in abundance at
Dow Gardens, a 100-acre garden originally designed for the
home of Dow Chemical Company founder Herbert H. Dow in 1899.
Midland's sister city in Handa, Japan, has made
our community more beautiful with the gift of a Stone Lantern Garden,
located on the grounds of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library.
There are also many gifts to the city of Midland that are on display at the library, and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees that dot our community's landscape.
The main entrances to Midland feature colorful wayfinding signage and a variety of flowers and
plantings to greet visitors and residents alike. At the Eastman Avenue/U.S. 10
overpass, there are copper medallions handcrafted by artists in the Ardis family
that grace all
four sides of the bridge (see below).
Midland home and business owners take great pride in
their natural surroundings, enhancing their landscapes with bright and colorful
plantings, many of which are native to Michigan. Midland Blooms, held on a Saturday
spring, ibrngs volunteers out in full force to plant flowers and foliage along
Midland's busiest thoroughfare - Eastman Avenue. Property owners make the most of their outdoor surroundings, and many Midlanders are rewarded through
Appreciation of Beautification awards competition, which encourages maintaining lovely exteriors to enhance our already beautiful community.
Other areas offering lovely natural settings include bike trails at
City Forest; the
Pere Marquette Rail-Trail for walking, running, or
bicycling; and a recent addition to our community, the four-mile
Nature Trail, which connects to the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail and serves as
another natural, green pathway for recreational enjoyment.
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