A key aspect of the 5-year Recreation Plan is recognizing the City's current recreational opportunities while anticipating our future recreational needs. The Plan incorporates the City of Springfield’s efforts to examine parks, playgrounds, fields, conservation areas, open space, and prominent natural features that make up the unique recreation opportunities in Springfield. This document sets forth the Community’s official recreation goals and objectives along with an Action Plan for recreational facility maintenance and development over the next five years. The main focus of this Plan is directed upon recreational opportunities offered by the City of Springfield, but also carefully considers the recreational opportunities offered by Battle Creek Public Schools and regional recreational opportunities offered by other communities in Calhoun County.
Located at 503 Military Ave, on vacated Fort Custer property, just south of Dickman Road, Begg Park is named in memory of residents George and Cora Begg. The handicap –accessible park has experienced many capital improvements over the last 10 years.
Begg park in the largest park within the City of Springfield. Its 20.7 acres provide an abundance of recreational opportunities, including an 18-hole professionally designed disc golf course, a playground area, a picnic pavilion, open spaces, tree shaded areas, paved walking trails, and a relaxing brook that cuts through the park’s center. The 9,500 square foot Farmers Market building includes vending machines, a 600 sq foot commercial kitchen, 10 enclosed vendor storefronts, banquet areas, and public restrooms. The building can be used for other community functions or rented for private gatherings as well. General security was improved by adding an electronic key-FOB system.
Formally known as John F. Kennedy Park, Upton Park is a 6.2 acre park between Nettles and Upton Avenue. The park features a 1 acre pond used for fishing and model boat racing as well as quiet enjoyment by residents. In addition, the park has a pavilion used for picnics, playground equipment, a basketball court, and a walking trail that circles the pond.
The park serves residents in the Central and Eastern neighborhoods and is located in the center of one of Springfield’s most established neighborhoods. The park is visited by a variety of residents including older adults who enjoy walking along the pond and children that enjoy the play structure and basketball courts. There are a number of geese that make the pond their home in the summer months.
B. Carol Hinton Park
In 2012, the City of Springfield received a grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment to create a park out of a small piece of city-owned property near the intersection of 27th Street and Frisbie Boulevard. Previously there had been no parks in this particular section of the City and access to other parks was hindered by having to cross Dickman Rd to the North. The City build a play scape and installed basketball courts; all surrounded by an unobtrusive fence. There are no plans to expand the park.
Rothchild Park is an approximately 12 acre park located off Helmer Road and Harmonia Road at the northwest border of the city. The City of Springfield named the park in honor of longtime city councilman Saul Rothchild. The open park features a pavilion with picnic tables and a large green space.
The Park was created when Helmer Road was reconstructed to join with Bedford Road. The city used the vacated land to create the park to serve the residents who lived in the northern sections of the city. The large open field allows plenty of space for nearby children to play a variety of sports including soccer, football, and baseball. Families enjoy the picnic pavilion that is available for private gatherings. Much of the park is underdeveloped and would be a suitable location for future recreational opportunities.