EAST CHINA PARK (M-29 & Recor Rd.):
PARKING LOTS -
October 30th - April 30th: Parking lots are limited to the public.
Each lot is closed for winter season with signs saying “CLOSED – MAY 1st.
Sled Hill Parking lot is OPEN year-round.
October 30th – April 30th: SLED HILL Restroom is OPEN. Located at the base of the sled hill.
All other restrooms are CLOSED.
WINTER PARK ACTIVITIES:
SLED HILL (RULES)-
ALL children must be supervised by an adult.
No skiing or snowboarding permitted.
No building jumps, ramps etc.
No pets allowed while sledding is active.
Walk up / down the hill ONLY on the designated walking / return trail.
No Glass bottles / containers, drones, self-propelled RC flying equipment, cars, ATV’s etc. NO ALCOHOL, NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES, NO FIREWORKS of any sort.
Sled in designated areas only.
ALWAYS ensure the area is clear of people / sleds before descending to avoid unnecessary collisions.
Limit occupants to 2 people per sled.
Sled Hill is a SMOKE FREE ZONE.
The Township does not "make snow" upon request.
SLED AT YOUR OWN RISK. Sled Hill has No Staff Supervision.
Dispose of broken sleds in dumpster only.
PICKLE BALL -
Pickle Ball players must bring portable nets of their own to play while parking lots remain closed. Courts are not maintained for snow removal, not useable when snow covered.
BASKETBALL COURTS –
Open year-round. Courts are not maintained for snow removal, not useable when snow covered.
DISC GOLF –
Open year-round. 2 baskets currently removed from the course for repairs.
DOG PARK, PLAYGROUND AREAS, WOODED WALKING TRAILS, BRIDGE TO BAY BIKE TRAIL –
ALL Open year-round.
DOGS MUST BE ON LEASHES year-round in open spaces of the park. NO EXCEPTIONS. Dog park is the ONLY off leash space. Violators will be ticketed by St. Clair County Sheriff Department.
Wooded Walking trails are NOT maintained for snow removal.
Bridges are NOT maintained for snow removal.
Bridge-To-Bay Bike Trail is maintained for snow removal per the Township’s snow removal schedule.
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING, SNOW SHOING –
Welcomed activities individuals may bring to East China Park in winter. Must have own equipment.
We ask the public to assist in keeping our Parks a safe and family friendly environment. Please follow all Executive and/or Emergency Orders regarding COVD19. Please contact St. Clair Country Sheriff Dispatch to report any issues (810) 985-8115.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.