Canton Parks Fall 2023 Update

Be advised that all restrooms and porta johns throughout Canton's park system will be closed for the season as of November 1. Pease plan accordingly when visiting a Canton park, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We still hope to see you out there enjoying the parks this winter season!  For additional information, please contact the Canton Parks office at 734/394-5310. 

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.

Canton Leisure Services offers a variety of sports for all ages including: adult softball, adult volleyball, youth basketball, youth baseball, youth lacrosse, and more. Visit the Canton Sport Center webpage to learn more. 

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Park Rules

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 (unless otherwise posted)
  • Motorized, electrical boats must have Park Supervisor's approval
  • Gas powered remote control airplane, helicopters, cars or boats are not allowed in Canton Parks
  • No alcohol is allowed in Canton Parks
  • Pavilion users may only grill in the designated pavilion spaces

Canton Township Ordinances: a complete list of park rules is listed in Chapter 50-Leisure Services. 

Pond Algae Management

Addressing increased algae levels remains a continuous struggle for the Canton Parks division.  Several residents have inquired what treatment protocols are being implemented. The good news is that Canton has obtained great results by using underwater pond aerators and bacteria pods as part of a pilot project last year at Pheasant Run Golf Club to combat algae growth without the use of chemicals.  

Based on these successful results as illustrated in the photos below, the program has been expanded to include the ponds at Heritage Park. This dual approach is effective since it adds ‘healthy’ bacteria into a body of water that consumes the muck at the bottom of the pond.  If left uncontrolled, the more muck in a pond means increased levels of algae, since algae feeds off of this muck. In the past, Canton has had limited success by using chemical and color dyes that only contribute to the vicious cycle of creating more muck and therefore better conditions for algae to continue to grow and expand.  The bad news is that this new approach is a multi-year process. However, once established it will be an effective long-term environmentally-friendly solution. The “Before & After” photos of a successfully treated pond at Pheasant Run below show just how dramatic and long-term these results can be.  

Already this season, treatment has been started on Heritage Park’s small pond, located next to the gazebo, as well as in the large pond by the Amphitheater.  This means by the summer of 2023, the ponds at Heritage Park should look much improved and this environmentally friendly long-term solution should be well underway.


Pond Before


Pond After

Canton Community Event Vendor Opportunities

Canton Township hosts events year-round that have opportunities for vendor participation. To be considered for an event, potential vendors must be family-friendly and contribute to the overall success of the event.  Community events include: Canton Liberty Fest; Thursday Night LIVE! Concert Series; Tuesdays Art Terrific Concert Series; Rally on Ridge Food Truck event; additional Food Truck opportunities; and other seasonal special events. 

Interested vendors can submit this Vendor Inquiry form to express their interest in participating in future community events and will be contacted by Canton Township staff.

For additional information, please contact the Canton Park Office at 734/394-5310.

Canton Parks Smoking Ban Ordinance 

As of January 1, 2020, Canton Township has banned smoking in its parks, as well as on Canton Leisure Services facility properties with minor exemptions. This revision to the Canton Code of Ordinances’ Chapter 50 Parks and Recreation section prohibits smoking of tobacco and other substances, as well as the use of vaping products on properties and open spaces. 

Smoking will only be permitted by adults at Pheasant Run Golf Club and Fellows Creek Golf Club in designated smoking areas. These amendments to the Canton Parks Ordinance were put into effect in an effort to support public health and ensure more enjoyable experiences for all visitors to Canton’s parks and open spaces. For additional information, contact the Canton Park Office at 734/394-5310 .