In 2016, the Texas Township Board approved two conceptual designs for a new 6th Street Park and a redesign of the existing Texas Drive Park. These park enhancements are part of Texas Township’s commitment to provide excellent recreational facilities designed to enhance community and prove greater connection for families.
The Texas Drive Phase II Trailway, which spans 2.7 miles from the end of the Texas Drive Phase I Trailway near Rota Kiwan to the roundabout at 12th Street and Milham, was constructed using grant monies from MDOT & MDNR, as well as Texas Township General Funds, donations from the Friends of Texas Township Parks and Trails, and the Laugh Out Loud 5K Run. This trailway is a fantastic place for residents and visitors alike to walk, jog, run, bike, and more! Parking is available at the Al Sabo Parking Lot on Texas Drive. Additionally, overflow parking is available at either of the Texas Drive Park parking lots. If you are using the trailway, please refrain from parking on Texas Drive.
The Texas Drive Park is located between 8th street and 10th street on Texas Drive and offers a variety of recreational activities. A playground, which was installed in 2000, offers children a chance to play and the adults can supervise from the park benches. There is a park pavilion with picnic tables that can be used for small picnics, a basketball court, soccer field, football field, and a paved trail that encircles the entire park. This trail is 3/4 mile long and can be used for walking, running, biking, and rollerblading. The park is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. If you’d like to rent the park for your sports team or an afternoon, please fill out the rental form below and return to the Township Office.
The Joyce I Neubauer Farmers Market Pavilion was constructed in 2009 and is home to the Texas Township Farmers Market during the summer months. It is located next to the Township Hall and is available to rent for community activities, birthday parties, celebrations, and other events during times of non-use. Please see the fee schedule below for rental rates.
The Al Sabo Land Preserve was established in the early 1970’s in order to protect the groundwater supply of the Atwater wellfield. The 741 acres were purchased in the late 1960’s and a master plan was developed for its use as a passive recreation nature preserve. The City of Kalamazoo passed an ordinance that would ensure its protection as a water resource. The wetlands and sandy soils serve as a recharge area for the area’s groundwater.
Presently there are 18 wellheads operating on the property. By preventing development of the land above the aquifer, the water can be protected from contamination by the products of urban development.
Albert Sabo served as the Director of the City’s Utilities Department for 15 yearss, and was employed by the city from 1922 until 1969. It was Sabo’s insight that initiated the purchase and preservation of this land. In 1992 the preserve was closed due to excessive erosion. The sport of mountain biking had taken a toll on the trails of Al Sabo. After many Saturdays of volunteer restoration work, the preserve was opened in 1993. As a condition of the preserve’s re-opening, bicycles are restricted to approximately seven of the 25 miles of trails.
The habitats here are a diverse mix of woods, wetlands, and open meadows. Here you will find both coniferous tracts of woodlands, and mature hardwood forests. The wetlands here serve as the headwaters of the West Fork of Portage Creek. Many of the trails are clearly marked and easy to follow, but there are also many unmarked and unmapped trails. If you choose to travel on these trails, a compass and map are advised. Bicycles are allowed only on the trails marked for bicycles. No bicycles are allowed north of the land bridge. The preserve is open from sunrise to sunset.
The 6th Street “Park” is a parcel of land that the township owns and hopes to develop into a community park. At this time, however, this property is used for a couple of community events such as Dump Day.
|Venue||Reservation Required||Deposit||1.5 Hours||4 Hours||Daily Fee||Seasonal Fee|
|Texas Drive Park Pavilion||Yes||$100||–||–||–||N/A|
Yes, to guarantee spot.
Open to public if no reservation.
All organized sports teams must rent field prior to use.
|Joyce I Neubauer Farmers’ Market Pavilion||Yes||$100*||$50||$100||N/A|
*Concession Stand & Farmers Market Pavilion must be returned clean or the cleaning fee will be taken from the deposit.