City of Clare

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Parks & Recreation

The Parks and Recreation Department was established in 2005 after the creation of the second Master Parks and Recreation plan for the City of Clare. The mission of the City of Clare Recreation Department is as follows:

“The mission of the City of Clare Recreation Department is to contribute to the positive development and well being of the community through leadership and the provision of parks, trails, and recreational facilities. This will be accomplished through partnership and cooperation with other recreation service providers in the community in order to maximize all available resources. The driving focus of Parks and Recreation is to encourage health, fitness, cultural, recreational, educational, and social opportunities in our community.”

The Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for creating and implementing recreation programs and services to meet identified needs of groups within the city of Clare and for coordinating city efforts with sports and recreation partner organizations that are providing recreation services for the community.

The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to offering quality programs to all residents of the City. Should you have an idea or a suggestion for a program or special event, do not hesitate to contact us!

Volunteers are an essential part of the Parks and Recreation Department. If you would like to volunteer for an event, please let us know! We need help from our community!

Would you like to be notified of upcoming events and activities via email? If so, click here and enter the word “enroll” in the subject.

Want to register for an event? We have three easy ways!

Come to our office at Clare City Hall at 202 W 5th St, Clare, MI 48617.

Please note: City Hall is open Mon–Thur: 7am–5:30pm

Clare Recreation Department, 202 W 5th St, Clare, MI 48617.

Enclose check or money order. Make checks payable to the City of Clare.

Recreation Fax Number: 989-386-4508.

Use our online Activity Registration Form and send a check or a money order to follow it!

The Parks Department is responsible for maintenance of all City park and recreation facilities. In addition, this department oversees the City’s winter sidewalk snow removal program, and maintains all municipal grounds.

The City’s pavilions can be reserved for family gatherings, group meetings, etc. Deposits and rental fees are required, as outlined below. To reserve a pavilion, stop into the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, or call us at 989-386-7541, extension 0.

Recreation Director

Joy Simmer

Office: Clare City Hall
202 W Fifth St
Clare, MI 48617

 (989) 386-4508


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The 2022-2026 Parks and Recreation Master plan is available for PDF download via the link below:

Parks & Recreation Master Plan 2022-2026

We are developing an update to our 5-Year MDNR Master Plan and would like your input. Please complete this survey to share your perspectives.

Pettit Park Camping is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and reservations are not accepted. Pettit Park is open annually May 1 – November 1.
$25.00 Modern Camping (Electric and Water)
$20.00 Primitive Camping (Non-Electric and General Use Water)
Pettit Park Dumping $5.00

Pettit Park Rules