The City of St. Johns park system consists of over 137 acres of land on six different sites (one main park and five pocket parks). The parks are overseen by a nine member advisory board appointed by the City Commission. The Main City Park has numerous amenities including tennis courts (9), softball fields (2), band shell, sand volleyball court, rental and non-rental pavilions, sledding hill, ice rink, public restrooms and more. The main park is open from 7:00 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. The pocket parks, which are located throughout the City, include children's play toys and are open from dawn until dusk. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at any of the city parks.

No alcoholic beverages are permitted at any of the city parks. 

Sledding Hill

Weather permitting there is an unsupervised sledding hill open to the public during daylight hours.

The hill is located at the Main Park, 805 West Park Street. The hill is at the far Northwest corner of the park.

Ice Skating hours

Monday - Friday 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday 1:00 - 6:00 PM

Ice Hockey Hours

Monday - Friday 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Monday - Friday 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday 8:00 - Noon

Open skating and hockey are allowed at the City Park ice rink at any time except those times that are posted exclusively for skating or hockey

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Local Development Finance Authority

The Local Development Financing Act, Public Act 281 of 1986, as amended, allows a city, village, or urban township to utilize tax increment financing to fund public infrastructure improvements. This tool is designed to promote economic growth and job creation. Communities across Michigan have utilized LDFA districts to extend sewer and water lines, to construct roads, and to service manufacturing, agricultural processing, and high technology operations.

The financing mechanism allows for the capture of the incremental growth of local property taxes over a period of time to fund public infrastructure improvements. By leveraging future tax increments, the LDFA is able to finance these public improvements, which can lead to new development opportunities within the community.

Staff contact for the LDFA: Jon Stoppels, City Manager, (989) 224-8944 ext. 220, 

Any other information required by MCL 125.4910(1) can be obtained at St. Johns City Offices, 100 E. State Street, Suite #1100, St. Johns, Michigan 48879.

Resolution Creating LDFA

TIF & Development Plan



Informational Meeting Minutes: