PARKS

There are a total of six public parks, plus the Bridge to Bay Trail, which encompass more than 96 acres of land. 

This 80 acre park is located on the west side of River Road and the south side of Recor Road.  It has softball fields, baseball fields, soccer fields, basketball courts, pickle ball courts, a sledding hill with snow maker, four picnic shelters, play scape area, wooded nature trails, a segment of the Bridge-to-Bay bike trail, two acre fenced dog park, canoe access to the Belle River, disc golf course, maintenance buildings and public restrooms. 

DOG PARK
August 2019: There has been a high occurrence of Kennel Cough in our surrounding area. If your dog is showing signs of kennel cough, please for the safety of other pets please refrain from using the dog park. Kennel cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory virus transmitted from dog to dog by close contact and communal areas.  Signs of kennel cough are frequent coughing, gagging, coughing up phlegm discharge and/or nasal discharge. If your dog is showing these signs please refrain from using the park for at least 7-10 days. We also highly recommend your dog be vaccinated against kennel cough to lessen chances of contracting kennel cough. 
This fenced doggy play area features large grassy fields, shade trees and waste disposal stations.  There are also several benches and picnic tables.  It is located in the north east corner of the main park.  All healthy, sociable dogs with current vaccinations and licenses are welcome.  Dogs must be under the owners control at all times.  Owners must clean up after their pets and keep them leashed when not in the designated fenced area. Please note East China Township no longer sells dog licenses at the Township. Licenses are to be obtained from the St. Clair County Animal Control Office.

RIVER PARK
This .24 acre park is located in the southern portion of the Township along the St. Clair River.  It has a brick paver walkway and riverfront promenade, fishing access to the St. Clair River, nine parking spaces (including two barrier free), public restroom, picnic tables, grills, benches, and a drinking fountain.  It also features low-level lighting, railing, a safety chain and emergency swim ladders. 

RIVERA PARK
This .30 acre park is located in the northern portion of the Township along the St. Clair River and is surrounded by single family homes.  The park provides fishing access to the St. Clair River, three paved parking spaces, a concrete walkway, benches, picnic table, grill and emergency swim ladders. 

MANOR PARK
This 1.65 acre park is located in the northern portion of the Township within a residential neighborhood.  The park provides two parking spaces, picnic shelter, picnic tables, playground equipment, open space and a small wooded area. 

KAYAK & CANOE LAUNCH ON BELLE RIVER ROAD 
The .45 acre park provides barrier free parking for access to the Belle River and is open all year.  The portable kayak and canoe launch provides ADA accessibility to the Belle River and is available in the spring and is removed during the winter months.

FREEDOM MEMORIAL GARDEN
This is a small community space at the intersection of M-29 and St. Clair Shores Boulevard in the northern portion of the Township.  This passive space includes several benches and landscaping. 

BIKE PATH (Bridge-to-Bay Trail Map)  http://www.greenwaycollab.com/Projects/Bridge_to_Bay_Map/2011_Bridge_to_Bay_Map.pdf  When complete, the Bridge-to-Bay Trail is planned to traverse St. Clair County from the Blue Water Bridge to Anchor Bay.  East China has been a leader in the development of the trail, building the first segment in the 1990’s.  The trail runs from Bree Road south along M-29 to the Township Park for approximately 3.5 miles.  The trail winds to the west end of the park just north of the Belle River near Recor Road.  It continues south approximately 2.5 miles to Marine City.  Another section of the trail runs west along Recor Road from the park to China Township.  This trail is heavily used.

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