Parks & Recreation Department

Summer 2020 COVID-19 Parks and Recreation Precautions

Parks & Recreation Meetings

The Powell Township Parks & Recreation  meeting will take place  at 6:30pm using

Topic: Powell Township Parks and Recreation July Meeting

Time: Jul 14, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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Summer Concert Series- 2020

Due to health and safety concerns of Powell Township residents and volunteers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Powell Township Parks and Recreation has decided to cancel ALL the Summer Concert Series for 2020

Fourth of July Events and Fire on the Bay Cancellation

With a heavy heart the Powell Township Board has cancelled the Fourth of July Celebrations including;

Softball Tournaments

Ice Cream and Games


And July 11th, 2020 Fire On the Bay

Due to large events being cancelled in surrounding areas to protect volunteers and the public from the pandemic, the Powell Township Board decided to also cancel our events. Please continue to be safe with personal celebrations.

Thank you everyone for donations. It is the hope that next year we can have bigger and better fireworks.

About Parks and Recreation

Powell Township Parks and Recreation is a volunteer committee consisting of 8 township residents and meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm – 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 and VOLUNTEERS!

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 2020 CANCELLED

The Powell Township’s Parks & Recreation Committee announces the 26th Annual FIREWORKS DISPLAY, which would have been held in July, 11 2020. 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 Overlook

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.

Burn's Landing

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.

Draver Park

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.

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


Volunteers Needed!

The 510 Trail Builders are looking for Volunteers to work on the trails. New equipment has come in to work with but also if you have a favorite rake or tool you are welcome to bring it. Please contact the Noquemanon Trails Network at 

News Article in Mining Journal
May 2020 Trail Images Improvements

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 of the Powell Township Recreation Committee. In 2019 this plan was updated with revised goals and strategies that will allow the Powell Township Officials to continue to invest wisely and strategically in their recreational assets. The revised goals and strategies in this plan are the results of several community input sessions. Some of those sessions were prompted around this 5-year recreation plan and included a student survey at the school and a community open house and public input session. Other community input sessions resulted from the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), brought to Powell Township from the Lundin Foundation to grow the economic resiliency of Powell Township with sustainable, recreational tourism, through marketing and branding as the Lundin owned Eagle Mine prepares for its eventual closure.”

Updated 2020-2025  Parks and Recreation Plan  – [view] Approved January 21st, 2020