INGHAM COUNTY– Hawk Island Park, one of three Ingham County Parks, has many exciting upcoming events for this spring and summer.
Parks Director Tim Morgan said, “At Hawk Island, we have a large lake and a running, hiking, biking trail, that circles that lake, which just got resurfaced and repaved last year. We just got that done last fall so there’s that brand new surface out there and it’s connected to the Lansing River Trail so you can go north out of the park on the Lansing River Trail and go all the way up to Old Town or you can go toward MSU.”
The park also has a playground, a swimming beach, and a boardwalk. People can bike, fish, jog, play volleyball, hike, walk dogs, and there’s also pedal and row boats available for no additional charge. In addition to allowing dogs in the park, there is also a dog park. Dogs are not allowed on the splash pad or swimming beach.
The financial coordinator for Ingham County parks Karen Fraser said, “I think for Hawk Island the most popular feature is the trail and the fact that it connects to the River trail. We also host a lot of special events here- nonprofits that are raising money for a lot of good causes. The splash pad is also a big thing. It’s 10 years old and brings a ton of people in from the county.”
The splash pad is a favorite among children. It’s a water park for families to be able to sit around and enjoy the sun while being able to watch their children play in the water. Additionally, the park provides facilities for many companies, schools and businesses throughout the county that hold events for the public to attend.
Hawk Island Park Manager Brian Collins said, “we have a lot of special events where other groups come in. We usually get around 30 special events throughout the spring so every weekend there’s something to do. We have one or two 5k races, we have a car show coming up Memorial Day weekend, we have a youth fishing tournament which is three Saturdays in a row, and we have a triathlon in the spring as well. So, it’s a busy park.”
The splash pad and swimming beach open Memorial Day weekend. There is a fee of $3 for Ingham County residents ($5 for non-county residents) to get into the park but once people are inside there’s no additional charges.