Meridian Township provides a park or natural area within 15-20 minute walk of every Township resident. That is approximately 2000 steps (on your pedometer) closer to
a healthier lifestyle. With over 900 acres of land on 29 park properties with 20 miles of trails and 76 miles of pedestrian/bicycle pathways, we have numerous opportunities for you and your family to enjoy getting to your destination of choice along the Trails of Meridian. Check out our parks!
Ted Black Woods is filled with beautiful hardwoods, an abundance of spring wildflowers and a large diversity of songbirds. You can access this park from two different points with small parking lots; one is on Van Atta Road and the other is on Grand River Avenue. The central 62 acres of Ted Black Woods were acquired in 1973. Later, in 1989, an adjacent 9.5 acre parcel was purchased with Park Millage funds to provide a public access point and the paved parking lot on Grand River Avenue. In 2009, an additional .92 acres were added as a donation from the family of former Trustee, Park Commissioner, Environmental Commissioner and famed bird expert Ted Black. This land, which was where Ted Black and his wife Marijane lived, provided an additional entrance off of Van Atta Road. As part of the donation agreement and as an opportunity to honor Ted Black for his many years of service to the Meridian Township community, what once was known as Van Atta Woods Park was renamed "Ted Black Woods." It has been allowed to progress naturally and you can enjoy this natural beauty from the picnic area or wetland overlook deck at the Van Atta Road entrance or on the many miles of natural trails throughout the park.