Michigan winters make the summers here that much more enjoyable. That’s why the Village of Decatur is proud to offer its residents and visitors a number of public parks in which to enjoy the balmy days of spring, the sun-filled days of summer, and the crisp afternoons of fall. And, if you like to get out in the snow, there’s ample time to enjoy snowmobile trails, cross-country skiing and more! Maintained by the Village, the parks provide a variety of recreational opportunities with continuous improvements for added enjoyment.
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Baseball Diamonds & Football Fields
Baseball diamonds and football fields are located between Edgar Bergen Blvd. and Austin Blvd. in the back of the school complex. The fields are owned and maintained by the school with help in the summer from the youth program. Additional softball fields are located on W. M-51 Highway, located in back of the Hayloft ice cream parlor, just outside the Village limits.
Softball for adults is available in the summer months. Contact Brain Mead at (269) 423-6560 for more information.
The Decatur Youth Group sponsors sports programs in baseball and rocket football for children ages 5 to 12. Contact Brian Southworth at (269) 423-4421.
Downtown Development Authority ParkThe Downtown Development Authority Park is located at the north edge of the downtown area on the corner of North Phelps and West St. Marys Streets. It is a pocket park, equipped with park benches, a Gazebo and a drinking fountain. A great place to sit and relax.
Fire Station Park
Fire Station Park is located between M-51 (Deleware Street) at the West Village Limits, next to the Decatur-Hamilton Fire Station and St. Mary’s Street at the West Village Limits. The entrance and parking is located on West St. Marys Street. From the Village Hall, turn 1/2 block onto W. St. Marys Street. The Park is four blocks west on W. St. Marys Street on the left.
This park has a small pavilion, picnic tables, playground equipment, a two net tennis court (paved) and an outhouse type non-flush bathroom that is open to the public.
Red Woolfe Park
Red Woolfe Park & Beach is owned and maintained by the Village of Decatur and is located on Lake of the Woods at the end of Pine Street. The Park is open from noon to 8:00 PM, Memorial Day through Labor Day and offers swings and playground equipment as well as a pavilion, picnic tables, stationery bar-b-que grills, a horseshoe pit, volleyball net and swimming. The area is fenced in for safety. Public bathrooms and water are also available. As with any park in the village, it may be closed for repairs, water treatment, or weather.
Lifeguards are on duty at the beach during open hours (noon to 8:00 pm).
The Pavilion can be reserved up to a year in advance by calling the Village Office at (269) 423-6114, Monday through Friday 9:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The pavilion is cemented, but has no electrical outlets. The gate is locked before and after hours and no admittance after hours is allowed.
Swimming lessons are offered in June by the lifeguards at the park. Morning classes from 8:00 am to noon, in age categories. Call the Village Hall for times and costs at (269) 423-6114. Forms online under Applications & Permits.
Lake of the Woods Improvement Association website: www.lakeofthewoodsmi.org
Raider Romp is located at the corner of N Phelps ST and Veteran’s Memorial DR. The park is enclosed by a fence and features an expansive assortment of playground equipment designed for use by young children. The park also features many benches for parents or guardians to be able to sit, relax, and enjoy the sun as they supervise their children. In addition, the park boasts a large pavilion and bathrooms on the west side of the parking area.