The mission of the Parks Division is to provide attractive, safe and well-maintained parks and facilities, offering a wide variety of recreational opportunities for all ages. The City maintains 17 parks, covering 90 acres.
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Victory Park and Rieger Park
Covering 48 acres just south of downtown Albion, these adjoining riverbank parks include a waterfall, a wooded area, a natural spring and a formal garden. Victory Park was named at the conclusion of World War I; Rieger Park was named for Hugo A. Rieger. Recreation offerings include a the Victory for Kids playground (constructed in a community build in 2003), bandshell, baseball and football fields, a popular disc golf course, courts for shuffleboard, basketball and volleyball, a sledding hill, a skating pond, a small beach and swimming area (with restrooms and a changing area), a fitness trail and a Recreation Pavilion. Restrooms are available. The Recreation Pavilion may be rented for use by groups or individuals; contact the Public Works Department at (517) 629-2479 if you would like to reserve the Pavilion.
Albion River Trail
The Albion River Trail is a 10 to14 foot wide paved path running along the Kalamazoo River for 1.6 miles through Albion. You can walk, run, bike, rollerblade, or skateboard on the trail. This is a non-motorized vehicle trail, with the exception of vehicles for handicap accessibility.
This 5.1-acre park on Albion's west side includes a lighted baseball field, a concession stand, a picnic area and a playground. Restrooms are available.
Located on Albion's east side, Ketchum Field's 4.4 acres include a lighted softball field, a concession stand, a playground, a volleyball court and a basketball court. Restrooms are available.
This 2-acre hillside park on North Superior Street, donated by early Albion mill owner Jesse Crowell, is the site of Albion's water tower.
Built on the old West Ward School site, Holland Park's 6.4 acres offer basketball and tennis courts, a picnic shelter, a playground, and a memorial to Robert Holland, Sr., who was instrumental in abolishing segregation in Albion. A restroom is available.
This heavily-used park next to Harvard Industries features 10 acres with a baseball field, a basketball court, a picnic area, a playground and a flower garden. The park was named for former Mayor Daniel M. McAuliffe. Restrooms are available.
Named for James McIntosh, Albion's first African-American councilman, McIntosh Park is located at State Street and Hoaglin Drive and has basketball courts, a picnic shelter, a playground and a sandlot ballfield. Restrooms are available.
Washington Street Park
This riverside park, bordered by North Eaton, Pearl and Washington Streets and the Kalamazoo River, offers fishing and picnic areas.
West of Superior Street along Water Street, Barnes Park has a fishing pier, a boat launch with water skiing buoys and picnic areas. The park is named for Truman Barnes, a longtime advocate of river clean-up.
The 30 acres of this natural riverfront park feature hiking trails, a picnic area, fishing and an old train trestle, currently under repair. The park's grounds run from Albion Street near Brownswood Road to the city limits along the north and south sides of the Kalamazoo River. Further plans are being made to enhance this park, named for former Mayor Jack McClure.
This small downtown park at East Cass and Superior Streets offers benches on the riverfront. The park was named for Pete Bournelis, a local shoe merchant.
Located across from the Post Office, this downtown park features the American Molder statue, erected in 1974 to honor the community's craftsmen and laborers. The statue is said to be modeled after a photograph of John Passmore, a molder at Gale Manufacturing and Ideal Castings.
Gold Star Park
This park, located at Five Points (Michigan Avenue and Clark Street), serves as a memorial to local lives lost in war.
This riverfront park off of East Cass Street has a fishing pier, benches and memorial tree plantings. The park is named for industrialist and civic leader Thomas T. Lloyd.
Stoffer Plaza / Market Place
Located just east of downtown and named for William R. Stoffer, this riverfront park features a natural spring and a large outdoor marketplace with parking. The Farmer's Market is held here (in season) on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
Porter Street Canoe Dock
This small park offers a canoe landing.