The City of Charlotte provides a wide variety of parks for public use.
Bennett Park is a 117-acre park located on the south end of town, adjacent to the fairgrounds. Access is off Cochran Avenue. Within Bennett Park there are separate areas referenced as Veterans Memorial Park, Camp Frances, and the historic courthouse site. The main portion of the park includes picnic facilities, hiking and nature trails, a battery of six (6) horseshoe pits and three playground sites. The front of the site contains two (2) picnic pavilions including grills and drinking fountains, which are used for group activities. A restroom building is also available. Paved parking is provided for both picnic areas. Requests for reservations of the front pavilion should be made through the City Clerk’s Office.
Memorial Tree Garden. In 1988, the General Federation of Women’s Club–Charlotte, in cooperation with the Charlotte City Council, established a fund to accept memorial donations to honor friends, family members or citizens of the community by planting a tree or shrub at various locations. Not only was this a living tribute to the citizens, but it also provided beautification for the community. In continuation of the beautification idea, the Memorial Tree Garden, located in Bennett Park, was established and dedicated on May 1, 1999. The continual growth of the garden is intended as a constant reminder of the presence of loved ones in the community.;
Veterans Memorial Park is located on the south side of the Battle Creek River, along the entry drive off South Cochran Avenue. The park contains large stone markers and plantings as a memorial to local veterans. It shares the unpaved entry drive to Camp Frances.
Camp Frances is an area within Bennett Park that has a cabin which was donated for use by youth organizations. The 1,000 square foot building includes restrooms, a kitchen, and fireplace. The wooded setting and fire bowl provides for outdoor events within the city limits. There is an unimproved trail link to the adjacent facilities within Bennett Park. The cabin is maintained and managed by a separate five-member board. Requests for reservations should be made through the City Clerk’s Office.
Keep an eye out for the new Rotary Pavilion in Lincoln Park. The Charlotte Rotary Club has committed to provide all of the labor and material necessary to build a pavilion with restrooms during the summer of 2012. The City is very grateful for the donation, and looks forward to the availability of another pavilion outside of Bennett Park.
Dean Park is a neighborhood park located on Stoddard Street, west of the railroad tracks. This park has a pavilion and restrooms that were constructed by the Charlotte Rotary Club. Grills are available as well as a drinking fountain donated by the Eagles Auxiliary. There are several play structures and equipment, a basketball court, and plenty of green area for open play.
Snell Park is located in the median along East Shepherd Street and is accented by large canopy trees. A grill and picnic tables are available.
Southridge Park is a neighborhood park located at the corner of Clinton and Third Streets. It has a variety of climbers, swings, and a basketball court, but leans more toward the younger user.
Oak Park is a neighborhood park located at Seminary and Clinton Streets. The park includes established canopy trees throughout. Half the park includes lawn area centered about a gazebo. The old stone fountain is still standing. Playground amenities include a modular play structure, metal climbers, swing sets, and other play equipment. To reserve the gazebo for your special event, please contact the City Clerk’s office.
Lincoln Park is a 19-acre parcel, which was recently acquired by the city. It is a former industrial site bordered by a rail corridor and a residential neighborhood. The site has been improved with assistance from the State of Michigan with Clean Michigan Initiative funds with specific intent to develop recreation facilities for the community. The development to date includes a 13,000 square foot state-of-the-art skate park, and two sand volleyball courts. Lincoln Park also has a 24-hole disc golf course.
Sledding Hill and Skating Rinks- In an effort to provide year round enjoyment of the City’s parks, the City has provided a sledding hill on Shepherd Street at the railroad tracks, behind the water tower. The hill is open whenever there is snow.
Charlotte has also constructed a hockey/skating rink that is approximately 200’ x 80’. The concrete slab is enclosed with the repurposed hockey boards from Lansing’s old Washington Park skating rink. The rink is designed for rollerblading in the warmer months of the year and it is flooded to provide ice skating in the cold months of the year. It is open weather dependent.