Parks and Recreation
The Parks Current State:
Following the adoption of the Imagine Flint Master Plan, Flint Parks & Recreation became a function of the Department of Planning and Development. With this new leadership and direction, and with the help of our community partners and volunteers, the City of Flint stands committed to improving the quality and safety of our parks throughout the entire city.
City of Flint Park History:
The Flint Parks system was laid out by John Nolan in the 1920 City of Flint plan and included small parks and play lots within a five to eight-minute walk of each residential area. J. Dallas Dort (pictured right), a carriage maker and auto pioneer, was instrumental in developing the parks system by creating a parks board, providing financial support, and donating land for parks. Due to Dort’s leadership, the City of Flint adopted an ordinance to name the parks system “J. Dallas Dort Memorial Park Systems”.
Whether it’s assisting with an event or help cleaning a park, we welcome community efforts! If you are interested in volunteering in Flint’s parks, please follow this link and submit the electronic form.