Parks and Recreation
April Holm, Public Works Office Manager
Phone: (906) 486-9371
Ishpeming has many recreational opportunities available every season of the year!
City of Ishpeming Designates Parks Tobacco-free
September 11, 2017 – City of Ishpeming in Marquette County, Michigan was recognized by the Sault Tribe Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Grant Project for designating parks and outdoor recreation areas tobacco-free, which include cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and e-cigarettes.
According to the CDC, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. About 20.7% of Michigan adults and 10% of Michigan youth smoke cigarettes. With the emergence of electronic-cigarettes and other “vape” products, 23% of Michigan youth use these new, unregulated devices according to the 2015 Behavior Risk Factor and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. Finally, according to the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, one in three of its adult members smoke – putting them at 1.5 times the risk of developing chronic disease or dying from the use of commercial tobacco.
Tobacco-free recreation areas protect and preserve the environment, promote positive community role-modeling for youth, and protect the health, safety, and welfare of all community members. The Sault Tribe’s PICH Grant Project provided funding for signs for all outdoor recreational properties owned by the City of Ishpeming. The PICH Grant is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which work to prevent chronic disease by decreasing tobacco use among adults and youth and decreasing exposure to secondhand smoke.
The City Manager, Mark Slown, stated: “We are grateful to the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians for their generous assistance and their wisdom is making it available. Our community is grateful for signs to help Ishpeming be a safer place for all people.”
The City of Ishpeming joins over a dozen other communities across the Upper Peninsula that have designated its parks and outdoor recreation areas as tobacco-free.
Photo courtesy of Lake Superior Press
AL QUAAL RECREATION AREA located on the north side of the City, is open year-round. During the summer months, the park area offers a 13 station fitness trail, disc golf, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, picnic areas, hiking trails, two Lodges and Pavilion (rental available), a baseball field and playground equipment. Visiting in the winter months? We offer four cross country ski trails ( a total of 18K of trails) and a snowshoe trail. Try out our exciting Al Quaal Tube Slide or sleigh ride in the the “sled bowl” (across from Birchview Elementary).
The Al Quaal Lodge and parking areas are handicapped accessible. The handicapped accessible restrooms are available during scheduled events.
ISHPEMING PLAYGROUND is a popular recreation area for kids of all ages from Spring through Autumn. Located just south of US 41, the playground can be accessed from either Second Street or Empire Street.
Springtime brings the baseball fields to life–Fast Pitch, Slow Pitch, Softball and Little League. The Playground also offers 6 tennis courts, a basketball court, football field and track.
Ishpeming is a place for all seasons!