City of Flint Parks & Rec

City of Flint Parks & Rec In late 2013, and following the adoption of the Imagine Flint Master Plan, Flint Parks & Recreation became a function of the Planning and Zoning Division of the City's Department of Planning and Development.

10/08/2021

FEATURE FRIDAY: BRENNAN PARK

🌳 Located on the Eastside of Flint, Brennan Park truly fulfills the needs of the entire community. Adjacent to the Brennon Senior Center, it has a newer playground, basketball court, walking path, and bleachers for the baseball field. This Park also has lots of space for activities for all seasons. The Brennan Park Adopters work hard to not only keep the park clean and safe, but to make sure there are community events, parties, and programming for everyone.

👉 Brennan Park Adopter and pillar in the community, Doris Keels is one of the original members of the South Park Neighborhood Association which started in 2003. Every year, this association coordinates a reunion that has grown and grown. Last summer, the reunion celebrated its 18th year and hosted around 750 people. No matter where folks live now, many come back for the reunion. They had food, an open mic, vendors, games, and bounce houses. There was a touching tribute to members and supporters who have passed away where a balloon was released for each person while Stairway to Heaven played.

🏡 Doris has lived in the community her entire life and has lived in her home for 45 years. She can remember in the 1950s and 60s when people would gather at the park before the Brennan Center was built. They would play softball, kickball, and basketball. Most importantly, she remembers that they had fun. According to Doris, if you ever lived on the South Side, you are always welcomed home. In fact, if you drive through, you will probably see someone you know.

👉 Another amazing Brennan Park Adopter, Dominique Strong from Uma Strong Outreach, has really focused on programming in the park. She makes sure the park has many cleanups, baseball clinics, exercise classes, literacy programs, 3 on 3 basketball tournaments, kickball games, Easter Eggs hunts, and the Crim’s “Get Out and Get Moving” program.

🤝 Dominique was raised in the neighborhood and can remember walking to and from school through the park, playing in the park, and participating in programming at the Brennan Center when it was open. It is important to her the children (and adults) in the neighborhood have a safe and clean park like she did and are able to create memories through play and education. As a young person, two amazing women in her area stood out and planted a seed of caring for her community. Sandra E. Robinson and Barbara Griffin Wilson were pillars from the South Side of Flint and Dominique wants to carry on where they left off. In this neighborhood, the torch is beginning to be passed to the next generation and the legacy of community and care continues.

📌 The Brennan Senior Center located on the park grounds offers socializing, lunch daily, technology training, exercise classes, legal services, veteran services, and more for seniors. Their moto is “Come Join Us! We’re Having Fun.” Here’s a link to the Brennan Senior Center website for those who may be interested in checking it out: https://www.brennanseniorcenter.com

💚 The Brennan Park community is a great example of a community coming together to ensure a clean and safe park that has something to offer everyone. To keep up with everything this park has to offer, please check out this website appropriately called the Brennan Park Community Builders: https://www.facebook.com/BrennanParkFlint/

👏 Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the volunteers who have made Brennan Park the success that it is.

#DoBeautifulThings #FlintKidsPlay

09/09/2021

Birdcast predicts that the next few nights are going to see a peak of bird migration. One way to help birds during their travels is to turn off unneeded lights at night. Check out their live maps to find out when birds are migrating through your area: https://birdcast.info/
#LightsOutTexas #BringBirdsBack

09/08/2021

Genesee Serves Link: https://bit.ly/3yL8rnf

The Neighborhood Engagement Hub is hosting a second citywide cleanup with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation as a part of its Focus on Flint initiative. The first cleanup took place on May 15, 2021, and was a tremendous success! Now it's time for the second cleanup, which will involve sites across all nine of Flint's wards. Volunteers will be picking up trash, removing yard waste, and participating in other various blight-elimination activities. This Genesee Serves initiative is where you can find all the different cleanup sites and their volunteer needs. Thank you for your commitment to the City of Flint, and we look forward to seeing you on September, 18, 2021 for the Fall Citywide Cleanup!

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the awesome work being done just off of Kearsley Street near Chevy Commons. A new access ...
09/04/2021

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the awesome work being done just off of Kearsley Street near Chevy Commons. A new access point on Swartz Creek, just upstream from where it joins the Flint River is currently in development. Good things are happening in Flint!

07/16/2021
Until today, Genesee County was the only county in the state to not have a State Park. The announcement today to turn Ch...
07/14/2021
$26M plan bringing Genesee County’s first state park to Chevy Commons

Until today, Genesee County was the only county in the state to not have a State Park. The announcement today to turn Chevy Commons into a State Park, and potentially invest over $26 million into the heart of Flint, is truly transformative and further proves that good things are happening in Flint! Stay tuned for more information on the project, and how you can provide input on what to name our new State Park!

Many thanks to all of our partners, including:
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission
Mott Foundation
City of Flint

https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2021/07/26m-plan-bringing-genesee-countys-first-state-park-to-chevy-commons.html

Flint’s new state park will feature boat launches that connect to the Flint River, an amphitheater and other ways for residents to enjoy the outdoors, Whitmer said.

Photos from South Flint Community Plan's post
06/08/2021

Photos from South Flint Community Plan's post

Photos from Keep Genesee County Beautiful's post
05/25/2021

Photos from Keep Genesee County Beautiful's post

This year's Russ Mawby Signature Service Project focuses on the Brennan Park Neighborhood, and is being coordinated by a...
05/11/2021

This year's Russ Mawby Signature Service Project focuses on the Brennan Park Neighborhood, and is being coordinated by a robust team of organizations and volunteers for a day of intensive public service! If you are available May 21st from 9am-4pm and would like to be involved, please register to volunteer at: http://tinyurl.com/ypd76yse

Thank you for supplying volunteers, equipment, materials, and time! Keep Genesee County Beautiful, Genesee County Land Bank, City of Flint, Flint National Service Accelerator, United Way of Genesee County

This year's Russ Mawby Signature Service Project focuses on the Brennan Park Neighborhood, and is being coordinated by a robust team of organizations and volunteers for a day of intensive public service! If you are available May 21st from 9am-4pm and would like to be involved, please register to volunteer at: http://tinyurl.com/ypd76yse

Thank you for supplying volunteers, equipment, materials, and time! Keep Genesee County Beautiful, Genesee County Land Bank, City of Flint, Flint National Service Accelerator, United Way of Genesee County

03/24/2021

An opportunity to work for one of our strongest community partners, Keep Genesee County Beautiful! Please contact Nancy Edwards ([email protected]) for more information.

With Spring just around the corner, neighborhood cleanup season is upon us! Come join our friends at the University Aven...
03/05/2021

With Spring just around the corner, neighborhood cleanup season is upon us! Come join our friends at the University Avenue Corridor for a community clean-up on Tuesday, March 9th from 9am-3pm if you're able. The forecast so far is sunny and 64 degrees, so snag some sunshine while helping to clean up the City! See the attached flier for more info-

With Spring just around the corner, neighborhood cleanup season is upon us! Come join our friends at the University Avenue Corridor for a community clean-up on Tuesday, March 9th from 9am-3pm if you're able. The forecast so far is sunny and 64 degrees, so snag some sunshine while helping to clean up the City! See the attached flier for more info-

07/27/2020

Happy summer! As the COVID-19 crisis continues, please remember to practice social distancing in Flint parks. If you do use playground equipment or other amenities, remember to bring hand sanitizer or wash your hands. Have fun and stay healthy!

#TBT Stay tuned for future #throwbackthursday posts of the wildlife at Max Brandon Park.
05/28/2020

#TBT

Stay tuned for future #throwbackthursday posts of the wildlife at Max Brandon Park.

#TBT Kearsley ParkToday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigan's Stay-at-Home order through May 28th.  Please reme...
05/07/2020

#TBT Kearsley Park

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigan's Stay-at-Home order through May 28th.

Please remember that parks and trails are still open. Be sure to follow CDC recommended guidelines by maintaining a safe physical distance and not using playground equipment.

https://www.cdc.gov/…/2019-…/daily-life-coping/visitors.html

Happy Earth Day! Here are some ideas from The National Parks Service on ways to get active and engaged at home and in Fl...
04/22/2020
20 in ’20 Virtual Ways to Explore Earth Sciences with Parks (U.S. National Park Service)

Happy Earth Day! Here are some ideas from The National Parks Service on ways to get active and engaged at home and in Flint Parks. 🌏

As Earth Day turns 50 years old and goes digital, find 20 virtual ways to celebrate in 2020 with the National Park Service (NPS) and our partners. Stay connected with earth sciences and stewardship with parks and your own community for Earth Day and throughout the year.

#TBT of two young cyclists riding the trails at Kearsley Park.  Under Michigan's Stay at Home, Stay Safe order we must a...
04/09/2020

#TBT of two young cyclists riding the trails at Kearsley Park.

Under Michigan's Stay at Home, Stay Safe order we must all do what we can to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

This executive order allows "outdoor activity, including walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household."

For a summary of this order please visit michigan.gov/coronavirus

If you would like fun alternatives to using playground equipment please check out this list compiled earlier this week:

🌳Challenge your friends to a race
🌳Have a scavenger hunt
🌳Play Simon Says
🌳Have a jump rope or hula hoop competition
🌳Get creative with sidewalk chalk

04/06/2020

For the health of everyone in Flint, we kindly request that playground equipment not be used until the health crisis has passed. However, our walking paths are still open! Some ideas of activities that can be done six feet apart from others are:

🌳Challenge your friends to a race
🌳Have a scavenger hunt
🌳Play Simon Says
🌳Have a jump rope or hula hoop competition
🌳Get creative with sidewalk chalk

What other ideas do you have to get outside and have fun?

The Trust for Public Land
03/26/2020

The Trust for Public Land

As the nation grapples with the impacts of COVID-19, having close-to-home natural spaces where people maintain social distancing while getting fresh air and exercise for physical and mental health has never been more important. Many thanks to our partners at @NRPA

#TBT of a Flint Symphony Orchestra concert in Kearsley Park.  Have you been enjoying the virtual live-streamed concerts ...
03/19/2020

#TBT of a Flint Symphony Orchestra concert in Kearsley Park.

Have you been enjoying the virtual live-streamed concerts available from the Met Opera? Check the comments below for links to lists of free live-streams.

City Hall may be closed to the public, but the parks are still open! Check out this great advice from our partners at Ke...
03/18/2020

City Hall may be closed to the public, but the parks are still open! Check out this great advice from our partners at Keep Genesee County Beautiful. While the virus may survive for extended periods of time on some surfaces, such as playground equipment, taking a stroll and looking for signs of spring can be a great way to get outside during this time!

Let’s Keep Genesee County Beautiful!!

As we get used to “social distancing” and implement precautionary measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, it’s still a great time to get outdoors - individually, or in small groups! How about spending some of this time beautifying by picking up trash! We here at Keep Genesee County Beautiful are still at work and happy to provide supplies. The office is closed to walk-ins, but if you call first, we will gather trash bags and gloves and deliver them to your car when you arrive.

To reach us call: 810-767-9696
Our office hours are: Monday – Friday, 8a – 5p

Thank you all for being an integral part of this community! #wereinthistogether #dobeautifulthings

Our Work | geneseecd.org
03/05/2020
Our Work | geneseecd.org

Our Work | geneseecd.org

"I consider the soil conservation districts movement one of the most important developments in the whole history of agriculture."            

SportsCenter
02/29/2020

SportsCenter

12 years ago, the movie Semi-Pro introduced the world to the 4th-best team in the ABA 🌴

Keep Genesee County Beautiful
02/28/2020

Keep Genesee County Beautiful

Mark your calendars! Current Park Adopters, we can't wait to see you again!

Want to be a Park Adopter? Ophelia Bonner Park, Broome Park, Atherton Park, Burroughs Park, Commonwealth Triangle 1 and Commonwealth Triangle 2 still need some love! If you're interested in joining this group of dedicated, caring, amazing superstars, let us know!

#TBTBerston Field House opened in 1923 as a community center featuring a gym, library, auditorium and swimming pool (pic...
02/20/2020

#TBT
Berston Field House opened in 1923 as a community center featuring a gym, library, auditorium and swimming pool (pictured). City of Flint

Pictures of Berston Field House in the 1920's and 1930's! Notice the pool in pictures 4 and 5!

National Cup winners Flint City Bucks now selling 2020 tickets
02/02/2020
National Cup winners Flint City Bucks now selling 2020 tickets

National Cup winners Flint City Bucks now selling 2020 tickets

FLINT, Michigan — The 2019 National Championship Flint City Bucks will return to their now-hallowed Atwood Stadium to face off against Great Lakes Division newcomers, Grand Rapids FC.

The Flint Planning Commisson will be having a special meeting on Tuesday, February 4th at 5:30pm to continue their delib...
02/02/2020

The Flint Planning Commisson will be having a special meeting on Tuesday, February 4th at 5:30pm to continue their deliberations on amendments to the zoning code to allow for recreational ma*****na businesses licensing.

One of the Community Benefit Exemptions amendments could allow an exemption to the restriction of ma*****na businesses within 500 feet of a park, if the applicant has a Planning Commission approved Park Beautification Plan.

Learn more about the Park Beautification Plan Exemption, Social Equity Exemption, and Blight Elemination Exemption, and other amendments on the Fact Sheet below or at the meeting on Tuesday, February 4th at 5:30pm.

Please contact us in the Planning & Zoning Office if you have any questions.

The Flint Planning Commission will be having a special meeting on Tuesday, February 4th at 5:30pm to continue deliberations on draft amendments to the zoning code to allow for recreational ma*****na business licensing.

Residents are encouraged to read the attached fact sheet on the draft ordinance amendments and participate in the legislative process! Residents will have the ability to give feedback Tuesday night during the public forum of the Planning Commission meeting, or an any of the future Flint City Council meetings in the future.

The draft ordinance adds several amendments to the existing temporary ordinance on recreation ma*****na. Those amendments include:

1) Limited Administrative Approve of Special Regulated Use Permits

2) Community Benefit Exemptions from the location restrictions, including: a) Social Equity Program Exemption, b) Blight Elimination Plan Exemption, and c) Park Beautification Plan Exemption.

3) Resident - Initiated Hearings for License Review

Please contact the City of Flint if you have any questions.

01/22/2020
Flint River Watershed Coalition

Flint River Watershed Coalition

Who will it be? Vote today for the Golden Gloves Award for the most interesting or unique item found during Stewardship Day. Winner will be announced at the Voice of the River Celebration on January 30th. http://bit.ly/goldglov19

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