Central Park

Located at 515 W. Collins at the intersection of Rodd and Collins

This 18 acre park has plenty to offer! Central Park is home of the Nicholson-Guenther Band Shell and the city's only public tennis courts. The park also boasts a human sundial, playground equipment, benches and a cement walking path around the park.

Coming soon, the park will feature a pavilion to mirror our city's Mid Century Modern Architecture theme!
Nicholson-Guenther Band Shell
The Nicholson-Guenther Band Shell was originally built in 1938 by Alden B. Dow.  In 2012 the structure was rebuilt to mimic the original building.  The Band Shell is home to the Chemical City Band but is also rented to a variety of non-profit groups, churches and small bands to bring free arts and entertainment to the community.  When available, the Band Shell is available for private rental for a fee.  To inquire about the rental of this facility, please contact Parks and Recreation.   

Central Park Tennis Courts

The Central Park Tennis Courts were refurbished in the summer of 2010 with assistance from the Midland Community Tennis Center and feature both adult and kid-sized courts.  The Midland Community Tennis Center, in partnership with Midland Parks and Recreation, offers a variety of tennis programs for youth and adults.  Contact Midland Parks and Recreation for more information.
Weddings in the Parks
The Nicholson-Guenther is a popular location for weddings.  For more information on weddings in the park,please click here.  
Chemical City Band  
The Nicholson-Guenther Band Shell is home to one of Midland's finest traditions, the Chemical City Band. Operating since 1910, the group performs free concerts for the community during the summer months and represents musicians from ages 16 to 90 who come from all walks of life. The performances include a pleasant mix of featured soloists, medleys of show tunes, light classics, and of course, marches.

For a charming slice of American history and an enjoyable evening join us at the Nicholson-Guenther Band Shell in Midland's historic Central Park on Wednesday evenings in June and July.

For more information on the Chemical City Band, please click here.

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Contact Us

  1. Parks and Recreation Office


    Municipal Service Center
    4811 N. Saginaw Rd.
    Midland, MI 48640

    Ph: 989-837-6930
    Ph: 989-399-0506 (Weather Hotline)

    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m - 5 p.m.