In 2018 the Genesee County Parks celebrated 50 years of celebrating the best of nature, 50 years of preserving our Great Lakes history and heritage, 50 years of offering a tremendous recreational infrastructure to the people of Genesee County (and beyond). And, of course, 50 years of support from the people of Genesee County, who’ve made it possible to create, protect, nurture and grow the biggest, most diverse and best county park system in Michigan. But however important the first 50 years have been . . . we always remember that 50 years is just the beginning. They’re our parks. They’re your parks. The Genesee County Parks.
PARKS BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER
MISSION: Genesee County Parks is dedicated to quality recreational opportunities for everyone and preservation of natural resources.
Vision: We see, anticipate and lead with integrity of character and create positive change.
Consistency: We maintain a standard of serving the community and doing business that treats all the same.
Customer Service: We strive to provide our guests with a quality experience from all interactions in our parks.
Integrity: We can be trusted to do what we say we are going to do with consistency, character and transparency.
Stewardship: We are committed to the responsible management of our natural resources.
Teamwork: We recognize the strength in our collective knowledge and skills to provide a greater service to our community and guests.
We welcomed a new Director!
Barry M. June
OUR 2018 COMMISSIONERS
(Road Commission Designee)
(Planning Commission Designee)
GENESEE COUNTY PARKS BY THE NUMBERS
OUR ACRES OF PARKS
Genesee County Parks & Recreation Commission has expanded for the first time in over 30 years with its newest addition, Atlas County Park. This acquisition of property in the southeastern corner of the county allows for another 155 acres of beautiful hiking, fishing and paddling.
Genesee Recreation Area:
Holloway Regional Park:
Linden, For-Mar, Buell and Flushing:
City of Flint Parks Partnership:
WATERS AVAILABLE FOR RECREATION
NUMBER OF LOCATIONS
15 FISHING SITES
NUMBER OF STAFF
Adaptive Recreation Programs
Special events booked in 2017.
That includes BMX events, horse shows, 5K run/walks, fundraisers, fishing tournaments, RC boats, disc golf, celebrations and meetings, a tractor drive, the Genesee County Fair, and the Warrior Dash.
Total boat launch passes sold
Nights reserved for camping
Total Mounds passes sold
FOR-MAR EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum continued to offer a wide variety of educational nature programs to participants in 2018. Programs included everything from weekly children’s programming, event rentals, birthday parties, public events and programs and field trips at For-Mar to For-Mar on the Road programs in schools and at community events. Also included were For-Mar on the Road programs at other park locations, community gardens and adaptive recreation programs at For-Mar and at Senior Centers and care facilities. Participants had the opportunity to learn about nature, gardening, animals, plants, trees, weather, birds, bugs reptiles and so much more through hands on activities with engaging naturalist and horticulturalist staff.
FOR-MAR ON THE ROAD
CROSSROADS VILLAGE ATTENDANCE
NUMBER OF VOLUNTEER HOURS
Total Number of Volunteer Hours
Value of Volunteer Hours
452,565 TOTAL WEBSITE VISITS
298,790 TOTAL UNIQUE USERS
3,064,694 TOTAL SOCIAL MEDIA AD IMPRESSIONS
Founded in 2004 as Michigan’s first affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Keep Genesee County Beautiful (KGCB) has been honored with the President’s Circle Award for ten consecutive years. And in 2016 Keep Genesee County Beautiful became a program of the Genesee County Parks.
KGCB works with community members and organizations to enhance parks and open spaces throughout the county, helping make – and keep – them beautiful, clean and sustainable. KGCB is also a leader in environmental stewardship and sustainability throughout Genesee County, with programs that include: Working with the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission and the City of Flint to hold spring and fall household hazardous waste collections, offering education about recycling throughout the community and providing recycling bins to Flint residents. In the wake of Flint’s water crisis, KGCB has been a valuable resource for residents looking for information about recycling water bottles and used water filter cartridges.
pounds of garbage collected
pounds of yard waste collected
62 of 70
public spaces and parks owned by the City of Flint have been adopted
shrubs, plants, flowers and bulbs planted
new maintained gardens, green spaces and gateways through Cultivating Our Community Program
9-Volt batteries from Keep America Beautiful distributed for fire safety
new signups for City of Flint resident recycling
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE ITEMS DROPPED OFF FOR DISPOSAL
NEW PROJECTS, EVENTS AND
Replaced trail culverts through For-Mar
New flooring in the DeWaters Building. Dewaters was cleaned and began transformation into an early learners educational center.
The drive in from Potter Road was paved, the parking lot was seal coated and city water was added to the DeWaters building as part of the Karegnondi Water Supply pipeline project that crossed through For-Mar.
Atlas County Park, parking lot construction and grand opening.
Added water hookups to Wolverine Campground pull-through sites, built a new exit road and dump stations.
ADA improvements at Bluebell Beach: accessible walkways, beach pads and transfer stations
Removal of Hamilton and Fabri Dams as part of the Flint Riverfront Restoration Project
CROSSROADS VILLAGE & HUCKLEBERRY RAILROAD UPDATES
RESTORATION OF ENGINE 152
The Huckleberry Railroad was busy this year with completing the restoration work on Engine 152. Work on Engine 152 was made possible thanks to a grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation.
Refaced Saulter Log Cabin
Painted the Buzzell House and Mason Tavern
Finished roof work on Calkins Barn and Atlas Mill
New fencing and windows
Brick work and new roof on Cafe, Opera House and General Store Buildings on Main Street
FLINT RIVER TRAIL AND IRON BELLE TRAIL
We’ve increased seasonal Rangers from 40 to 50 people, added 2 full time Rangers, added patrols to Flint River Trail and adjoining City of Flint park areas.
OUR ECONOMIC IMPACT
ECONOMIC IMPACT THE PARKS COMMISSION HAS
The Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission makes a significant economic impact to the local community through tourism, local purchasing and local payroll. PROS Consulting LLC performed an economic impact analysis to measure the economic benefit from the operations of the Parks Commission. Tourism functions, Commission operations, and the value of volunteer services were analyzed.
Keep Genesee County Beautiful
Ruth Mott Foundation
Ruth Mott Foundation
State of Michigan
DNR Trust Fund 16-0102
Iron Belle Trail 17-01
Dam Management 16-003
DNR Trust Fund 16-0205
DNR Trust Fund 16-0208
DNR Trust Fund 16-0101
Serra Family Foundation
Loeb Charitable Trust
Friends of For-Mar Foundation
Linden, Argentine, Fenton and Fenton TWP Trail
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Michigan Parks and Recreation Association
2017 EARNED INCOME
CROSSROADS VILLAGE REVENUE
“We love our parks”. If you are wondering just how we here at the Genesee County Parks managed to get all of the work done in this report, that’s the answer. It’s our love of our parks and our love for our community that gets us up and keeps us going in all kinds of weather, all year long. And, of course, it’s not just us. Our tremendously generous Genesee County residents, volunteers, public and private partners, and local philanthropic community are all the not-so-secret ingredients to our success. We are grateful to you and we are grateful for you.
Barry M. June, Director
Genesee County Parks & Recreation Commission