Midland boasts 72 City parks on 2,700 acres of land - more than twice the amount of park land in the cities of Mt. Pleasant, Bay City, and Saginaw combined! Small neighborhood parks nestled within residential areas are found throughout the city so that each neighborhood has a unique place for family recreation and small gatherings. Larger groups can enjoy the amenities of several big parks in the city. Two of the community's largest parks, Emerson and Plymouth, are favorites for softball diamonds, sheltered picnic areas, playgrounds, and, at Plymouth Park, an outdoor pool.
City Landscapes Nature is found in abundance at Midland’s Dow Gardens, a 100-acre garden originally designed for the home of Dow Chemical Company founder Herbert H. Dow in 1899.
Midland's sister city in Handa, Japan, has made our community more beautiful with the gift of a Stone Lantern Garden, located on the grounds of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library. There are also many gifts to the City that are on display at the library, and a plethora of Japanese cherry trees that dot our community's landscape.
The main entrances to Midland feature colorful wayfinding signage and a variety of flowers and plantings to greet visitors and residents alike. At the Eastman Avenue / U.S. 10 overpass, there are handcrafted copper medallions by local artists that grace all sides of the bridge.
Around the Town Midland home and business owners take great pride in their natural surroundings, enhancing their landscapes with bright and colorful plantings, many of which are native to Michigan. Midland Blooms, held each spring, brings volunteers out in full force to plant flowers and foliage along Midland's busiest thoroughfare. Property owners make the most of their outdoor surroundings, with some Midlanders being rewarded through an annual Beautification awards competition.