Davison Township

Davison Township

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(810) 653-4156
1280 N. Irish Rd., Davison, MI 48423

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General Information

1152 N. Gale Road
Davison, MI 48423

Parks Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
9am–12pm and 1–5pm

Davison Township Park Staff:

Casey Reed – Director

Deanna Leddick – Recreation Coordinator /Park Naturalist

Vanessa McCoy – Recreation Coordinator

Carl Reyes – Park Maintenance Supervisor

Riley Ferguson – Park Maintenance

Parks play a very important part in the overall quality of life for the Davison community and visitors. The purpose of the Parks and Recreation Department is to plan, acquire, and develop recreation facilities, parks and open space areas to help enrich the lives of the persons living in our community and to meet the future needs as the township grows.

Our parks system offers walking and biking trails, swimming, educational, historical, memorial, gardens, skating and sporting facilities.

Keep up to date by following our community and events calendar.

Park Map



This calendar may not be up to date. Click here for complete list of events.

Events in August 2022

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
July 31, 2022 August 1, 2022 August 2, 2022(1 event)

National Night Out

August 3, 2022 August 4, 2022 August 5, 2022 August 6, 2022
August 7, 2022 August 8, 2022(1 event)

Lake Callis Closed for Treatment

August 9, 2022 August 10, 2022(1 event)

Camp 911 - Sold Out

August 11, 2022 August 12, 2022 August 13, 2022(1 event)

Sharks After Dark - CANCELED

August 14, 2022 August 15, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 17, 2022 August 18, 2022 August 19, 2022 August 20, 2022
August 21, 2022 August 22, 2022 August 23, 2022 August 24, 2022 August 25, 2022 August 26, 2022 August 27, 2022
August 28, 2022 August 29, 2022 August 30, 2022 August 31, 2022 September 1, 2022 September 2, 2022 September 3, 2022


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Rental Facilities

Davison Township Parks have many buildings, pavilions and spaces that are available to rent. If you are interested in renting a space in one of our parks, please download and review the following documents:

Park Rental Agreement and Fee Schedule

To see all rental facilities or to make a reservation, visit the Facility Rentals Page on the Davison Township Registration Site.

Park Rentals:

Lake Callis Recreation Complex

Small Pavilions (A-F)

Robert Williams Learning Center

Karen Miller Event Center

Davison Township Park

Davison Township Park
The township park was developed with the idea to inspire and memorialize our Veterans. The park was built with donations from area businesses and individuals in conjunction with the Township Board. The Hank Graff Gazebo is the perfect spot for weddings, graduation pictures or a quiet place to enjoy the beautiful native plantings. If you would like to be a part of the park, please contact the Davison Township Parks & Rec. Department. All donations are tax deductible.

Davison Township Park & Veterans Court of Honor
1280 N. Irish Road
Davison, MI  48423

Veterans Court of Honor

Davison Township Park
If you live or have previously lived in Davison Township, Richfield Township or the City of Davison, and have served or are now serving in one of the branches of services, National Guard or Reserves your name can be included in the Veteran’s Court of Honor. There is no cost involved.

Please submit the following information to
Lisa Minto
1280 N. Irish Rd., Davison, MI 48423

  • Veteran’s name
  • Current address
  • Branch of service (Army, Navy, etc.)
  • Dates served
  • Armed conflict (if any)
  • Submitted by
  • Relationship
  • Contact phone number


Davison Township Park & Veterans Court of Honor
1280 N. Irish Road
Davison, MI  48423

Lake Callis Recreation Complex

Lake Callis Recreation Complex
The Lake Callis Recreation Complex, named after the late Bob Callis who
raised funds to purchase the property located at 1152 N. Gale Rd., is 40 acres of recreational fun acquired through the efforts of the Davison Township Board of Trustees, numerous volunteers and Davison Township DDA funds. This is a seasonal pay-to-use park which includes an 18 acre swimming lake with a large beach area, changing rooms, 6 NCAA rated sand volleyball courts with lighting, 100’ x 100’ dry deck Dash ‘n’ Splash pad, Beach Treats concession stand, Randall V. Steward Grand Pavilion with stage and electricity, 7 smaller pavilion, Tiki Hut with electricity and private beach area, scenic wetland trail, observation dock, fishing area, gaga pit, paddle board rental and many programs and activities year round. The pavilions, tiki hut, observation deck and volleyball courts are all available for rent or free to use based on availability.

Lake Callis Recreation Complex
1152 N. Gale Road
Davison, MI  48423


2022 Summer Season – Hours of Operation
Memorial Day – Labor Day
Sunday – Saturday
9am – 9pm
(Weather Dependent)

Holiday Rates for the 2022 Season will be implemented on Memorial Day Weekend, 4th of July Weekend (July 2nd, 3rd & 4th) and Labor Day Weekend (September 3rd, 4th & 5th). 

Rental Information

Park Rules

Black Creek Trail

The Black Creek Nature Trail is a paved, non-motorized trail that begins at the Davison Township Municipal Center on 1280 N. Irish Road and runs east along the Black Creek to join the Abernathy Park Trail in the City of Davison. The trail is an ongoing project with sidewalks being added that will connect the Township to the City of Davison at various points around the Davison area. Parking is also available in the Dog Park and Abernathy Park. The trail is open from dawn to dusk year-round.

Black Creek Trail – Trail head
1280 N. Irish Road
Davison, MI 48423

Park Rules

Davison Area Dog Park

The Davison Area Environmental Team in conjunction with area volunteers and community businesses provided an off-leash dog park for the community to let their dogs exercise and play in a controlled environment under the supervision of their owner. The park is located adjacent to the Black Creek Nature Trail at 1285 N. Gale Road on three acres of property, between Davison Road and Court Street, just south of the railroad tracks. It is the first of its kind in Genesee County with a small dog area and an all dog area. There are fire hydrant watering stations, a dog bone walk, pavilions and a dog house entry way—sure to thrill your furry friend. The pavilions are supplied with electricity and can be rented. The park is open from dawn to dusk year-round.

Memorial Dog Bone Plaques

Black Creek Trail – Trail head
1280 N. Irish Road
Davison, MI 48423

The park hours of operation are daily from dawn until dusk.

The public restroom hours of operation are seasonal (April 1st – November 1st) from dawn until dusk with automatic locks on the doors.

Park Rules

Robert Williams Property

This 100-acre park is located at 10069 Atherton Rd., just west of State Rd. The original parcel was donated to Davison Township by Robert and Jill Williams to be used for the enrichment of the Davison community to preserve nature, history and provide educational opportunities for residents.

The Williams site houses a number of buildings. On Williams Parkway, the first building on the left is designated for Davison Community Schools educational programming. The Davison Township Historical Museum is the next building on the right and houses many artifacts from early families and businesses that helped to grow the Davison area. The last building or Karen Miller Event Center at the end of the parkway houses the Department of Parks and Recreation events, and outdoor education programs. (See DTParks.org for upcoming programs) This building is also available for rent for parties and special events. In 2017 Davison Township received two grants, one from Land and Water and one from the DNR Trust to enhance this property. With those grants a pavilion and restroom facility were added onto the Karen Miller Event Center and a beautiful bridge was constructed connecting the trail systems form the east to west side of the property. A beautiful classroom and parking lot were also added to the west side of the property. The Karen Miller Event Center and the Classroom are both available for private rentals.

The non-motorized trail system consists of approximately 3 miles of beautiful limestone trails that traverse the hilly terrain and allow you to enjoy its amazing beauty.

In 2022, Davison Twp Parks received a large donation from Cooper Companies and a grant from the Davison Community Fund to install the Cooper Low Ropes Course. This is located along the trail Robin Run. The course has 12 different elements from a zig zag rock wall to hanging tires to climb across. The course was built by Obstacle Builders LLC out of Arizona. Adding in a Low Ropes Course will aid in Youth Development, Community Building Activities, Health and Wellness, as well as enhancing Outdoor Recreation. The course will be open to the public to use at their own risk but will also be available for private rentals for Team Building.

List of Facilities
Karen Miller Event Center
Davison Historical Museum – Website
The Nest – (South House)
Kurt and Marge Soper Nature Center

Robert Williams Nature and Historical Learning Center
10069 Atherton Road
Davison, MI 48423

Hours of Operation
Monday – Sunday, dawn to dusk

Park Rules

Park Map

Rental Information

Kitchen School House

Kitchen School House – Zirnhelt Park
Kitchen School, located on the corner of Bristol and State Roads in Davison Township, was named for Silas Kitchen one of the area’s homesteaders.

Clues such as the dimensions of lumber and types of nails used made it possible for us to date the building to sometime between 1860 to 1870.

From its beginning, Kitchen School operated under the Rate Bill System for its funding. This system which was authorized by the state legislature in 1839 allowed district children fees or rates in proportion to the number of students and the number of days they attend school.

The building was restored to its 1940s appearance by Davison Township and many volunteers. The building is currently used for field trips, meetings, private rentals and special events.

To reserve this building or to schedule a tour please contact Davison Township Parks and Recreation.

Kitchen School House
4010 S. State Street
Davison, MI  48423

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Looking for some meaningful volunteer work? Davison Township Parks Department is looking for you!!!

Whether its answering phones and making copies, helping with a special event, teaching a class or working on the many beautiful flowerbeds throughout our township parks, there are a variety of volunteer opportunities waiting for you.

If your school, club, or business has a volunteer hour requirement, or if your family and friends just like getting out and doing things together, there is no better place than Davison Township to enjoy the volunteer experience

By joining the Davison Township volunteer team, you can learn a new skill, meet new friends and make a positive contribution to the health and welfare of our community.

So make a difference in your life and in the lives of your friends and neighbors by signing up as a Parks volunteer today! If you would like to suggest a volunteer opportunity that fits your organization’s mission, please contact the volunteer coordinator, Deanna Leddick at dleddick@davisontwp-mi.org or by calling (810) 214-1810

Here are just a few of the many volunteer opportunities available with Davison Township Parks and Recreation Department.

  • Park Cleanup
  • Community Gardening
  • Trail Map Creation
  • Party Coordination
  • Office Assistance
  • Program Instructor
  • Special Event Support, and many more!

Volunteer Opportunities