Horton Park (1405 Glenwood Ave)
2021 - PARDON OUR DUST - Construction Notice: There will be significant updates/upgrades made to Horton Park - during the construction, the park may be unavailable for use at times. Funding for this project is due in large part to a DNR Trust Fund Grant. For more information please contact either Township Supervisor Kim Arter (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Township Treasurer Lori Archer (email@example.com). Thank you for your patience as we improve Horton Park.
Horton Park, is named for the Horton Family who were longtime residents of Laketon Township. The park is often refered to as Horton Beach by local residents. It is a cozy, residential park nestled within the Fairview Park and Bear Lake Meadows neighborhoods and is located on the shores of Bear Lake at the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Lake Street. The park is 80 feet wide at the road (Glenwood) and is approximately 600 feet deep down to the Bear Lake Beach where the park has 120 feet of beach frontage.
The park is in the middle of a residential neighborhood - the immediate west side park boundary abuts residential properties and the east side park boundary is Lake St, which terminates at Bear Lake and serves as an access point/boat launch for small watercraft such as canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, very small boats and jet skis and in the winter when conditions permit, it is an access point for ice fishing. Other activities popular here are picnicking (a small pavilion was built in the spring of 2020 - see rental policy below), shore fishing, swimming and beaching. The park has brand new playground equipment (as of spring 2020), benches and restroom facilities &/or a port-a-jon.
Please note: swimming is at your own risk as there is no lifeguard.
Click HERE for an aerial photo of Horton Park
Click HERE for a map showing the location of Horton Park.
Click HERE to go to the portion of the Michigan Water Trails website that has the specific Bear Lake Water Trail Loop map.
Click HERE to go to the home page of the Michigan Water Trails website, limited paper copies of the Water Trail Guide may be available at the Laketon Township Hall.
Mullally Memorial Park/Lange Complex (1850 Horton Rd)
On Horton Road, approximately 1/2 mile north of W Giles Road, is where you'll find this 58 acre park. A childless couple, James and Mae Mullally, donated it to the Township. It offers 2 covered pavilion picnic areas, baseball, football, volleyball, and soccer fields, tennis courts, 9-hole disc golf course (with access until 11:00pm for glow in the dark disc golf - please be courteous with noise levels for the comfort of neighboring homes), walking/jogging path (approx. 1/2 mile around), and two main playground areas including the Margaret Campbell handicap accessible playground which is being re-done (phase 1 completed in the fall of 2019 and phase 2 scheduled for fall 2020 construction).
During the spring, summer and fall several youth organizations (Reeths Puffer Youth Soccer, Reeths Puffer Youth Football, Reeths Puffer Baseball and Reeths Puffer Youth Softball) have organized sports for boys and girls - soccer, baseball, softball, football and cheerleading.
10/07/2016 - MULLALLY PARK PLAYGROUND - a NEW PLAYGROUND has been constructed in place of the old one that was originally built in 1986! Building of the NEW MULLALLY PARK PLAYGROUND was made possible with the help of a grant provided by the playground equipment company and installation of the equipment was accomplished in 2 days with the labor of Township Officials, Staff and volunteers from the community, including the Muskegon Northside Lions Club and the Northside Lacrosse Club. It is open and ready for use. Be sure to check out all the photos and videos of the construction project on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Laketon-Township-Community-Info-825494087574038/ and like our page to keep up on local events and information!
Two picnic shelters are available for individuals and groups - there is a rental policy in place for use of these shelters that began in 2011. Please call the Township Hall (231-744-2454) or see the rental policy information below.
Click HERE for an aerial photo of the Mullally Park/Lange Complex
Click HERE for a map showing the location of Mullally Park/Lange Complex.
Green Creek Park (behind Twp Hall whose address is 2735 W. Giles Rd)
Located on N Green Creek Road, approximately 1/4 mile south of W. Giles Rd (just south of the Township Hall), Green Creek Park has - a small piece of playground apparatus at the north end of the park and a large set of swings was added at the south end of the park along with basketball nets hung on the posts near the swings. There is a small field used most often for the youngest kids t-ball &/or baseball practice sessions. There is also an old, fenced in tennis court area that has become a popular place for pick up roller hockey games.
Click HERE for an aerial photo of Green Creek Park
Click HERE for a map showing the location of Green Creek Park.
Click HERE for the Parks and Public Property Ordinance for all park rules and regulations.
Picnic Pavilions - Rental Policy
Picnic Pavilions locations are as follows:
- Lange Park (1700 Horton Rd) - at the back of the park (in the shade)
- Mullally Park (1850 Horton Rd) - next to the tennis courts
- Horton Park (1405 Glenwood Ave) - on Bear Lake - 2021 SPECIAL NOTE: At this time, Horton Park pavilion WILL NOT be available for rentals as there is construction planned for much of the 2021 season. Once all construction is completed then the pavilion will be made available for rental reservations and this notice will be removed from the website.
The Laketon Township Board adopted a reservation policy (including rental rates) at their regular Board meeting on 01/20/2011, (it was amended 04/10/2014, 01/19/2017 and again 06/18/2020) effective immediately. The pavilion use is subject to the following Township Board adopted policies and rates.
Note: The parks close at dusk and shall be evacuated by this time.
Pavilion rentals are granted on a first come, first serve basis. Anyone wishing to reserve/rent any township pavilion must complete the short rental application and pay the appropriate rental fee to Laketon Township. CLICK HERE for the Pavilion Reservation Form updated June 2020
PLEASE READ THE FULL POLICY BELOW:
There shall be NO possession or consumption of alcohol in the pavilions or any township park.
Reservations shall be made for residents and nonresidents. You must be at least 21 years of age to reserve a pavilion and responsible adult supervision must be provided at all times. The renter is personally responsible for adhering to park policies. Please have this form with you to verify your reservation.
The pavilion may be reserved for two-time sessions per day 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm to dusk. The cost per session is as follows: MULLALLY PAVILION: $75.00, LANGE PAVILION: $50.00 and Horton Park Pavilion: $100.00 (If you would like a key for the restroom facilities, there will be key deposit of $25.00 charged in addition to this rental fee. The key deposit will be returned to you when the key is returned. It is preferred that the key deposit be paid by check. Port-a-potties are always available in the park.) THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS.
There shall be NO bikes, inline skates, skateboards etc. used in the pavilions.
All pavilion picnic tables are to remain under the pavilion areas at all times.
There shall be NO motorized vehicles in the park. They must be left in designated parking areas.
Noise shall be kept to a minimum and consistent with levels considered normal for small gatherings.
NO grills allowed under the pavilion roof.
Failure to adhere to the rules as established by the Laketon Township Board for the use of these pavilions may result in the denial of future use for individuals and/or groups.
The applicant is responsible for the cost of repairing damage to the pavilion and surrounding area. Decorations, if used, will be put up with tape only, no nailing, stapling or tacking will be allowed inside or outside of the pavilion.
Groups using the pavilions agree to save and hold harmless the Township of Laketon and its agents from any and all liabilities or responsibilities arising from incidents related to the use of the pavilions or grounds. It is further understood and agreed by all users of the pavilions that the Township of Laketon assumes no obligation regarding the use of the premises by the users.
The Township of Laketon reserves the right to determine who shall and shall not use the pavilions. The Township can deny the use of the pavilions if in the Township Board’s judgment, the particular request for facility use is not in the best interest of the community.
Individuals and/or groups using the facility are responsible for cleaning and leaving the pavilion in ready to use condition, i.e., remove all decorations, pick up garbage and take garbage to dumpster provided, and clean the picnic area including removing any food crumbs or spills from the tables.
If you have any problems with people not honoring this reservation or vacating the pavilion, please call Supervisor Kim Arter 231-343-6409.