What is the history of Canton Parks?
Since the early 1970s Canton has embraced a parks approach and philosophy that has served the community well. Canton’s philosophy has been to encourage the development of neighborhood parks through new housing project open space requirements, while the community would provide large active parks. Today many of Canton’s neighborhoods have parks to serve the needs of residents. Many of these parks contain playground equipment, tennis courts, and swimming pools. These parks are owned and maintained by the neighborhood residents.

Hundreds of acres of neighborhood parks and open space dot the community. Canton has 342 acres of developed park land including seven existing parks. Canton also has 147 acres of undeveloped future park land. The future park land includes Patriot Park property (134 acres) and the Cherry Hill Village land at the Bartlett-Travis House property (13 acres). The first large active park developed was Griffin Park located in the eastern portion of Canton. It was followed by Flodin Park, Heritage Park, Freedom Park, and Independence Park.

Yet to be developed is Patriot Park (Ford and Ridge Roads). In 2000, 134 acres of land were purchased at the northwest corner of Ford and Ridge Roads with grant funds from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. The land is a mix of old farmland, wetlands and woods. In 2002, the Patriot Park Master Plan was drafted with the help of a consultant and input from community groups and township officials. The park master plan design includes a mix of active and passive recreation opportunities and protected natural areas.

The 3 most unique parks are Independence Park (land acquired as part of an open space requirement for a new development), a 19 field soccer complex which is host to one of the largest soccer tournaments in the Midwest, Freedom Park: home of Canton’s disc course, and Heritage Park: site of Canton’s annual Liberty Fest and fireworks. The park includes lighted ball fields, a number of soccer fields, 2 lakes, an amphitheater, walking paths, 2 playscapes, a spray park, and many picnic pavilions.

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1. What is the history of Canton Leisure Services?
2. What is the Leisure Services Advisory Committee?
3. How does Leisure Services plan for the future?
4. What is the history of the Summit on the Park?
5. How do I become a member of the Summit and what does it cost?
6. Does the Summit provide child care services while I am using the facility?
7. How do I register for a program of class sponsored by Leisure Services?
8. Can I get my money back if I don't like a program?
9. If I am interested in renting one of Canton's rooms or facilities, how do I do it?
10. Besides rooms, what other types of equipment does Canton Leisure Services rent?
11. What is the history of Canton Parks?
12. What is Victory Park?
13. What is the history of Fellows Creek Golf Club?
14. What is the history of the Village Theater?
15. How do I purchase tickets for any event at the Village Theater?
16. Can I rent the Village Theater?
17. How does the Cultural Commission involve the community in developing the arts?
18. What is Cherry Hill School?
19. Can I rent one of Canton's historical buildings?
20. What is the history of the Travis Bartlett House?
21. What is the B.L.O.C.K.?
22. What types of programs are offered at the B.L.O.C.K. and how can I get to them?
23. What type of special events does Canton have for its residents?
24. What are the different youth sports groups in Canton and how can we become involved?