The Plymouth Parks and Recreation Department has earned a sterling reputation for creative collaborations, vibrant volunteerism, and far-sighted environmental planning. The department offers extensive recreation programming, well used and maintained facilities, beautiful parks, and a great trail system.
The city currently has 53 developed parks in its system, totaling over 1,200 acres. There are five city parks (360 acres), four special use facilities (100 acres), nine playfields (235 acres) and 35 neighborhood and school parks (527 acres). The department also maintains a 145-mile network of city, state, and regional trails that connects most neighborhoods to parks, schools and commercial areas.
Plymouth Parks and Recreation is composed of eight divisions that provide leisure opportunities and services to the community:
Provides staff support to the Parks and Recreation Department and to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission.
Provides quality leisure opportunities for all ages, from preschool to seniors. Plymouth’s recreation programs focus on a variety of activities and opportunities that are both fee based and non-fee based. On average, more than 1,800 programs are offered, providing leisure opportunities to 80,000 participants.
- Volunteer Services
Coordinates all of the volunteer opportunities for the City of Plymouth. The comprehensive program offers a variety of volunteer experiences in every city department, with positions ranging from police reserve to youth summer volunteer, the Tree Care Team and annual special events.
- Parks & Forestry
The Parks Maintenance Division is responsible for maintenance, development and safety of 1,200 acres of community parks and open space, and 145 miles of trails. As it performs these duties, the division takes care to preserve and protect the environment. The comprehensive park system includes city parks, community playfields, neighborhood parks, special use parks, a greenway and open space.
The division also coordinates the development and enhancement of the park system to ensure quality recreational experiences. Promotes and maintains a healthy and viable forest on both public and private property. The Forestry Division is responsible for tree care and preservation, reforestation, weed enforcement and horticultural services. Forestry also researches and offers information and guidelines on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).
- Plymouth Ice Center (PIC)
Provides year-round multipurpose skating opportunities (i.e. hockey, skating classes), recreational classes, meeting facilities and quality tournament facilities. The PIC is a 120,000 square foot facility, containing three sheets of ice.
- Plymouth Creek Center (PCC)
Provides space and opportunities for meetings, large celebrations and theatre productions. Much of the building is focused on programs for seniors and general recreation programs. The PCC is also heavily utilized by the community for private rental events, including weddings, neighborhood meetings and corporate events.
- Plymouth Fieldhouse
Provides artificial field turf for indoor sports programs, recreation programs and special event activities. Walkers and joggers also use the fieldhouse during winter months.
Tobacco Use Policy
The City of Plymouth has adopted a tobacco-free policy for parks and recreation facilities. To help promote healthy lifestyles and set a good example for the community's youth, the city asks for your voluntary compliance. Tobacco and electronic tobacco products are not allowed in the following city-owned areas except within the confines of a vehicle that is in a designated parking space:
- Park land;
- Parks and Recreation facilities;
- Open space; and
- Joint city/school district properties.