A short distance away from Downtown Traverse City lies a local secret that isn’t so secret anymore – Blair Township Park and Splash Pad. Unlike the splash pad at Clinch Park, this one is completely fenced in and it never feels crowded. Kids often run around chasing each other through the many surfaces that spray and pour water. The deepest part is around three inches, so little ones need to be watched closely. There are a few benches around the splash pad, but I recommend bringing a blanket to spread out on when it’s really busy.
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There are many options to burn off more energy when the kids need a break from the water. I often see my daughter running around with a group of kids through the bigger kid’s play set and many kids safely climb all over the sides. Younger kids enjoy the smaller kid’s play set, horse ride and sand / digging area.
If you have babies, toddlers or a child with special needs, then chances are you choose a park based on the swings. Rest assured, there are swings for all your kiddos, from babies to toddlers, to special needs to daredevils. This is one of the few parks in Traverse City that has a tire swing! The swing set is a favorite of kids of all ages, from the three baby swings to the special swing designed for kids with special needs to the regular swings, but best of all, the tire swing. They are easy for kids of all ages to climb on and there are benches right behind the swings for parents to take a quick break.
Another park in the area with a tire swing is Haywood Park in Long Lake Township.
The bathrooms are right outside the fenced in play area and offer full privacy with working doors (and sinks!). They aren’t fancy, but they are fairly clean and always well stocked, not to mention a short walk from the playground area.
Disc Golf, Paved Path, Horse Shoes, Basketball and Tennis Courts
There is ample space for so many other activities, besides the park and splash pad. Check out the paved path for biking, running and walking as it zigzags around the entire park and it is 3/4 of a mile long. Deuces Wild Disc Golf course offers nine holes that take you around the park and into the woods. It’s also common to see families flying kites in the open space around the baseball and softball fields or playing basketball or tennis in the courts. There is also a horseshoe pit poles to hang a volleyball net.
Rent a Pavilion
Want to rent a space? There is a covered pavilion that is available for rent. It’s $75 for residents in the township and $150 for non-residents, but it includes a $25 refundable deposit if you clean up. Call the Blair Township’s Treasurer’s office at (231) 276-9263 ext 102 to see if it’s available and then fill out this form. Make reservations early as it gets booked up quickly!
Pictures of Blair Township Park
DISCOVER OTHER TRAVERSE CITY PARKS
There are many parks in the Traverse City area, including Greilickville Harbor Park, Darrow Park, F&M Park, Clinch Park, Twin Lakes Park, Historic Barns Park, East Bay Park, Traverse City State Park, Pine Grove Park, Silver Lake Recreation Area and Bryant Park Beach.