About Parks and Recreation

Powell Township Parks and Recreation is a volunteer committee consisting of 8 township residence and meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm – the public is welcome.

The committee oversees the planning and care of the townships 3 parks as well as the Fire on the Bay fireworks display, July 4th Kids Games, Music in the Park Events, Easter Egg Hunt, Lighting of the Tree Event, and Holiday Soft Ball Games. 

Parks and Recreation Committee are looking for members!

Volunteers are always welcome to help with events. One doesn’t have to be a committee member to be a volunteer. It’s another way to get to know the community

Fire On the Bay

The Powell Township’s Parks & Recreation Committee announces the 26th Annual FIREWORKS DISPLAY, which will be held in July 2020. Exact date to be determined. We have had great support from the community in raising funds for the fireworks. Donations are accepted all year round. Please mail or drop off donations to the Treasurer PO Box 38 Big Bay, MI 49808 and include in the memo “Fire on the Bay”

Our Parks

Thomas Rock scenic overlook: This jewel of the township was completed in 2010 with a universally assessable trail, information signage, picnic area and composting facilities. Plans are in the works for adding to the surrounding area and establishing walking and non motorized trails.

Draver Park & Pavilion: Located across the street from the Powell Township Post office on Hoffman Street. The Park contains the Soft Ball Field, Food Stand, Playground equipment and public restrooms. The committee is working on a plan to bring the playground equipment up to current safety and ADA standards.

Burns Landing & Boardwalk: Located on county road KF the site is the location of the original settler’s cabin, picnic area and board walk to the beach. Current projects are the restoration of the cabin, extension of the boardwalk and pavilion at the beach. Recently the Parks and Recreation Committee received the Michigan Township Participating Plan Grant for Burn’s Landing Security Lighting.

Powell Township Recreational Trail Network The Parks and Rec. with Big Bay Pathways has been awarded multiple grants to improve the Powell Township Recreational Trail Network. The recent grant is from the CUPPAD for $1500 for a communication board. This board will be for neighborhood news. The locations will be outside Post Office and the Halfway FireHall Also received is $1500 from Marquette Community Foundation for trail grooming and $10,000 from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community for trail grooming and equipment. We appreciate all the help and funding to improve our trails that the community can better enjoy the wonderful place we live. Follow us on Facebook as the Big Bay Pathway

News Article in Mining Journal

Parks and Recreation 5-year Plan

The Parks & Recreation Plan is a guide for the upkeep and future development of parks and recreational facilities for the community of Powell Township. The development of this plan was initiated by the Powell Township Board of Trustees upon the recommendation fo the Powell Township Recreation Committee.

Draft of Powell Township Recreation Plan and Survey Link – [view]
“The plan contains a description of the community, an overview of the parks and recreation administrative structure and budget, and an inventory of existing recreational facilities. The background information provides a basis for the goals and objectives developed by the Recreation Committee with input from the public. Finally, the plan contains an action program that identifies how Powell Township will work towards these goals and objectives over the next five years.” Parks and Recreation Survey Link below. COPY AND PASTE https://docs.google.com/forms/d/132RjgwThFwUohKU7vzR55U7FtRuRnc9U1j3Ju9MW3uY/viewform?usp=send_form or go to the Parks and Recreation page for easier access.

Updated 08/22/2018 Strategic Plan – [view]