The City of Mason maintains seven public parks totaling almost 91 acres. The parks are opened daily to the public during the hours of 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M., during the months of May through October and 8:00 A.M. to one-half hour after sunset, November through April.
Bicentennial Park is the location of the Pink School House which was moved to the park in 1976. The 2.27 acres serves as one of the Mason Area Historical Society museums, with plantings in memory of Ludell Cheney, et al, and flagpole. Visits by school classes welcome.
Bond Park is a 5.3 acre neighborhood park with a lighted ball field and restrooms. Rayner Creek runs through the park, and the Ingham County Courthouse is a fine view from this location. Bond Skatepark includes a 13,000 square foot area for skate boarders and a 12,000 foot roller hockey rink. Click HERE for Skatepark rules and hours of operation. The larger area will provide varying degrees of skill levels for the skaters in our community.
Griffin Park is a very small park site with a historical marker and landscape plants. The total size of the park is 0.65 acres.
Hayes Park is the largest City park with 9.22 acres of park land. The park has a lighted ball field, basketball court, two tennis courts, sledding hill, shelter, restrooms, picnic tables, and grills. The park is newly developed and provides year-round recreation opportunities.
Lee Austin Park is a 0.5 acres with Willow Creek running through the property.
Maple Grove Park is located on 5.2 acres of undeveloped property. Sycamore Creek runs along this park, which makes for a fine nature walk.
Today, Rayner Park covers 60 acres, and the south half of the park includes a wooded area with numerous nature trails and an educational tree identification system. Other amenities available at the park include soccer fields, a sand volleyball court, a little league baseball field, a giant wooden playground and sand play area, a nine hole Frisbee golf course, horseshoes pits, picnic and BBQ areas and grills. A large, 200-person pavilion is at the south end of the park, and can be rented through City Hall (call 517 676-9155 for reservations).
Rayner Park also boasts three ponds, where you can enjoy the wildlife and catch-and-release fishing. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
The Hayhoe Riverwalk was generously donated to the City of Mason by the Richard George Hayhoe family as a memorial to the late Richard Hayhoe. Mr. Hayhoe was the founder and owner of Capital Excavating and Paving of Mason and in his lifetime paved most of the streets in the city. The Hayhoe Riverwalk - a quiet and peaceful 2.5-mile trail along Sycamore Creek - is a fitting memorial to Richard Hayhoe, a preeminent road builder.
This trail wanders through the City of Mason, predominately along Sycamore Creek. Whether you are walking for exercise or bird watching, the Hayhoe Riverwalk offers an opportunity for recreation to everyone. The Hayhoe Riverwalk is linked with the sidewalk system making Mason a “walkable community.” Enjoy Mason at its best.