Canton Township prides itself on providing an excellent system of parks which offer a variety of activities for residents, plus a place for families to gather for picnics and other outdoor activities. Park pavilions, gazebo, and the Amphitheater in Heritage Park are available for rental by community groups and individuals. To locate a park near you, please check out our Canton Township Facilities, Parks, and Open Spaces Map.
Park Input Opportunities
Canton Leisure Services is seeking public input on several projects. If you would like to get involved, please feel welcome to submit feedback in surveys, at open houses, public hearings or by calling 734/394-5360.
Northeast Pocket-Park Development
CLS is seeking public input for the development of a small pocket-park in Northeast Canton. Pocket Parks are community parks that are generally under a half acre in size. This new park will be located on Koppernick Road, just east of I-275. Residents are invited to provide feedback on the design of the park at several public input sessions.
The collected input will help determine budgeting priorities and recommendations for both short and long-term improvements, ensuring that this pocket park will serve Canton's needs now and into the future. Residents are encouraged to view the draft park options and provide input via the following ways:
- Input Opportunities:
- Online Survey: Open through May 19, 2019
- Public Open House: Thursday, May 16, 2019 6:30-7:30 pm at the Administration Building
- Public Open House: Friday, May 17, 2019 9 am- 12 pm at the Summit on the Park
- Draft Park Design Options: These drawings will also be available in larger print at the Open House events. the input received will help to shape the final design.
Canton 5-Year Park Master Plan
Canton is currently in the process of amending its' Park Master Plan Capital Project List. The Leisure Services Department received valuable citizen input on updating the 5-Year Park Master Plan's Capital Priority List. The next phases of the amendment process will be a Public Hearing and Board Agenda Item on May 28, 2019 at 6 pm. If approved, it will then be forwarded to local and state organizations for adoption. Approved Master Plan Capital Items are then considered eligible for grants.
- Park Master Plan Amendment (PDF): the Park Master Plan Amendment will replace pages 80-81 of the 5-Year Park Master Plan.
- 2017 5-Year Park Master Plan (PDF): the 5-Year Park Master Plan includes an evaluation of community demographics, needs, goals and future planning. The complete plan will be revised in 2021.
- Park Rules
- Locate a Park
- Rental Information
- Field Permits
- New Park Amenities
- Benefits of Parks
- Support Parks & Trails
Canton Township requires that all residents and guests abide by the Ordinances and Rules set up by the Township. For the enjoyment and safety of everyone using Canton's parks, we thank you for paying attention to the following:
- Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times (and please leave nothing behind...)
- Skateboarding is not allowed in Canton parks
- All of our parks are open from 6 am - 10 pm
- Motorized, electrical boats must have Park Superintendent's approval
- No alcohol is allowed in Canton Parks
Canton Township Ordinances: a complete list of park rules is listed in Chapter 50-Leisure Services.
- Canton Community Parks
- Canton Trails
- Find all parks in the Metro Detroit area using the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) Park Finder
Parks Spring/Summer Season Update
Canton Parks amenities open seasonally, including:
- Freedom Pickleball Courts
- Flodin Tennis Courts
- Griffin Tennis Courts.
- Park public restrooms
For additional information, please call 734/394-5310.
Pavilion Rental Information
Pavilions and the Amphitheater are available for rent at Heritage Park and Freedom Park. All guests must adhere to park and pavilion rules.
IMPORTANT 2019 Heritage Park Pavilion Rental Information: Please note that construction projects may be underway from mid-June to the end of August on parking lots, paths, and roads in and around Heritage Park.
- Online reservations for residents for all pavilions will begin at 9:00 am, Monday, February 4, 2019.
- Phone-in reservations for residents can be made starting at 9:00 am, March 1, 2019, by calling 734/394-5310.
- Non-residents can begin making reservations starting at 9:00 am March 26, 2019, either online or by calling 734/394-5310.
- Full payment for the Pavilion is required at the time of reservation. Staff will not be able to hold a Pavilion without payment.
- Please keep in mind that weekend and prime dates fill up quickly, additionally, there are some dates that have been reserved for community-wide special events.
- All reservations are final; no refunds, cancellations or changes to pavilion bookings can be made.
- Canton Township Ordinances: A complete list of park rules is listed in Chapter 50 Leisure Services.
Gazebo Rental Information
- The Heritage Park Gazebo can be reserved through Summit on the Park Katherine's Catering Office by calling 734/394-5486.
Canton Parks Field Permits and Usage
Athletic fields are available throughout Canton Parks for Community residents to use during the outdoor season. The turf fields are ideal for baseball, softball, soccer, cricket, football, lacrosse, kickball, ultimate frisbee and more. The Canton Sports Center coordinates all field permits throughout the community.
- Learn More: Canton Field Permit web page or call 734/483-5600
New Park Amenities
New Accessible Musical Playground Added to Heritage Park
Canton Parks recently installed an Americans with Disabilities (ADA) accessible musical playground on the north end of Heritage Park, which was constructed to be accessible to children with disabilities, especially for those utilizing walkers and wheelchairs.
Accessible musical components include:
- Swirl Chimes, which are sculptural bells that are made of anodized aluminum that offer a wide range of sounds from soprano to alto
- Pagoda Bells, which are comprised of stacked durable bells that emanate calming tunes
- Imbarimba, which is a unique melodious instrument that combines elements of two African instruments – the Marimba and the Kalimba. This unique design provides access to a wide range of upper and lower notes
- Yantzee, which is comprised of resonating aluminum bars that project low tunes
- Five Tuned Drums of varying heights make up the final musical station that was designed to be played by hand by one or more children. Each drum was designed to produce a different pitch, and the shortest drum is accessible to even toddler-sized musicians.
All of these musical instruments will offer a variety of activities for children that promote social interaction, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and sensory integration.
Benefits of Getting Outdoors and Enjoying Canton's Parks
Whether you are walking your dog, shooting hoops, or cooling off in one of our splash playgrounds, Canton's parks offer numerous leisure amenities.
In addition to these expected opportunities, Canton's parks can also provide measurable health benefits, from providing direct contact with nature and a cleaner environment, to opportunities for physical activity and social interaction.
- Preliminary evidence suggests that using parks may lead to other healthy lifestyle choices, such as balanced eating.
- Outdoor exercise has been shown to renew energy and foster a sense of psychological restoration.
- Researchers have identified a positive correlation between play in parks and heightened concentration among children with attention deficit disorder.
- Parks increase property values - and improve the tax base - as home buyers are more often willing to pay a higher price for a residence near a park.
- Trees and shrubs reduce air pollution control expenses.
- Green spaces protect groundwater sources and their no-mow buffer zones can also cut the cost of area drinking water.
Support Canton's Parks and Trails
There are many ways that you can help to support Canton's parks and trails. Throughout the year, special event, clean-up days and other opportunities for involvement will be posted here.
Commemorative Tree and Bench Program
Canton Leisure Services offers residents, businesses and guests the opportunity to create a memorial or sponsorship within our parks, trails and around facilities. Current opportunities include the purchase of trees and park benches. This is a great way to show your support for the communities natural spaces and for remembering loved ones.
Donations and Planned Giving: Canton Trails Fund
If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to future trail projects, please consider the Canton Trail Fund. The Canton Trail Fund is made possible through the Canton Community Foundation. With the assistance of long-time Canton residents Laura and Jim Kosteva, the Canton Trail Fund is designed to provide grants to Canton Township for the building and maintaining of public bike and walking trails within the township of Canton. The intention of the fund is to be a supplement to existing and proposed future trail improvement, maintenance, expansion and capital construction activities of the Charter Township of Canton. Learn More