Meridian Township provides a park or natural area within a 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.
Trails and Pathways are funded through the Park Millage and Pedestrian/Bicycle Pathway millage. They are maintained by the Township's Parks and Grounds Maintenance Staff.
Seasonal Park Trails Advisory
Seasonal Trail Advisory: As the weather changes, so do the condition of our park trails. Please be a responsible park visitor, and use the trails accordingly.
Spring and Fall:
Flooding may restrict park visitors to upland trails only. Muddy trails are restricted to walkers only. Bikes and horses will cause damage and erosion to the trails and therefore prohibited at such times.
Please stay on the trails to protect wildflowers, wildlife and yourself from poison ivy and bee nests.
Please be respectful of skiers by walking to the side of ski tracks rather than through then. For your safety, staff off ice on ponds, drains and the Red Cedar River.
Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6' and under control of their owner in all areas of Township parks. Please remove all feces deposited by your pets. Motorized vehicles are prohibited on trails.
What are the Parks and Trails Rules?
Parks are open daily from dawn to dusk.
Dogs must remain on a leash at all times.
Visitors are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.
Horses, llamas and other draft animals may be brought into the park when under the immediate control of a competent person.
Stay on the designated trails.
To minimize erosion, muddy trails are restricted to walkers only.
During winter, please be respectful of skiers by walking to the side of the ski tracks.
Motorized vehicles are restricted to designated parking areas only.
Fires may be built in designated grills and must be attended at all times.
Fishing is permitted with a valid state fishing license.
Please do not disturb the wildlife in the park. Hunting, trapping, catching, killing or removal of any animal on park land is prohibited, as is disturbing or robbing nests, dens or burrows of any animals.
Picking and collecting of wildflowers, fruits, mushrooms, downed wood or any plant material is prohibited.
Campfires, camping, the flying of model airplanes or drones, fireworks and loud noise/music or amplifiers are prohibited.
Swimming and ice skating are prohibited on ponds, drains and the Red Cedar River.
Reservations for pavilion or athletic field use may be arranged by calling the Meridian Township Parks and Recreation Office at 517.853.4600.
Is there going to be a dog park?
We are pleased to report that plans are moving forward for a dog park in Central Park across from the Meridian Mall. Areas are planned for both large and small dogs. We also received a grant for a paved pathway/boardwalk that will run east and west from the Farmers’ Market pavilion to Central Park south to provide paved access to the off-leash area. Work on the dog park site began in Spring 2019.
The off-leash small dog (30 lbs. and under) play area in Nancy Moore Park will open n June 19, 2019. The future large dog park (30 lbs. and over) in Central Park South is expected to be open in summer or fall 2019. An accessible pathway will be constructed between the Town Hall and Central Park South. Once the pathway is completed, it will provide the necessary access to the large dog park. Meanwhile we will install the large dog park fencing and begin to develop a natural trail that will weave through the three-acre vegetated area.
Meridian Township Residents: $20 for first dog, additional $15 for second dog.
Non-residents: $35 for first dog, $20 for second dog.