About the Association
The Mott Park Recreation Association is the successor to the Mott Park Public Golf Course Association. When it became apparent that economic realities would prevent the re-opening of the old Mott Park Golf Course as a public golf course, the association changed its focus to create a vibrant recreation area on the former golf course site. Thus was born the concept of the Mott Park Recreation Area. Please check out our pages to find out about our long-range plan, currently nearing finalization, our current and future projects, our schedule of events, and how to volunteer to help us or contribute toward our goals.
About the Recreation Area
The Mott Park Recreation Area is the old C. S. Mott Park Municipal Golf Course. It was a 9-hole course which ran along both banks of the Flint River between Nolen Drive on the North and Sunset Drive on the South, with Ballenger Highway making up the western boundary. The course was built in the river’s flood plain, and was deemed suitable for recreational use only. The clubhouse and maintenance barn are built on the northern edge of the property where flooding is very rare.
The northwestern end of the property, where the #2 fairway and green were, is primarily wetlands. At the eastern edge of this area, near the #1 green and #2 tee, are two water hazards which may be spring-fed. This area may be a natural fen or a marsh, modified by putting in drainage ditches to make the course playable. The drainage systems are partially blocked and the area is returning to wetlands. Of our 70 acres,about 15 are wetlands. We leave most of the wetland area un-mowed, and it is returning to a more natural condition.
The river banks are primarily wooded, although certain areas with lower banks are accessible to fishermen, canoes and kayaks. Of our 70 acres, about 10-15 are the river and its banks.
Old fairway #1, from the clubhouse down to the willow tree and the adjacent sledding hill are maintained as lawn areas, as is the area under the oak trees between the clubhouse and the eastern footbridge, #9 fairway and green, and holes # 7 and 8 on the south side of the river bordering Sunset Drive. We also mow the areas next to Nolen Drive. Our lawn areas account for about 35 acres.
Also left un-mowed are old fairways #2, much of which is wetland, and #5, down the center of the north side of the recreation area from the western footbridge almost to the oak trees. Between our wetland and our upland natural areas, and our woods, about half of our 70 acres are maintained in a natural state.
Rules and Regulations
The Mott Park Recreation Area is owned by the city of Flint and governed by the city ordinances controlling activities in all city parks. As a former golf course, special restrictions do apply. The association also has the authority to set specific rules, so long as they do not conflict with city ordinances.
By city ordinance, the recreation area is open for public use from 6 AM until 10 PM daily.
As the golf course is closed, NO PLAY is allowed at any time. This is consistent with the rules for playing golf in all other city parks, except for operating golf courses. Except for maintenance vehicles, NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES are permitted on recreation area property. Violators of these rules will be reported to the Flint Police for trespassing on city property and may be held liable for any damages to the park property they may have caused. Their vehicles may also be confiscated.
City ordinances also do not permit allowing dogs to be off-leash. Dog owners are advised that their dogs must be under their control at all times. If your dog harasses other recreation area users or their pets, you may have a legal complaint filed against you which could result in fines or damages being assessed against you. Pet owners are advised that there are wild animals living in the park and if your pets come in contact with them, they may be exposed to diseases that may be expensive or dangerous to treat. Our wildlife has NOT been vaccinated.
Dog owners are also asked to bring poop-bags to pick up after your pet. Other people using our trails do not want to walk in the mess you left behind, and the watershed coalition does not want unnecessary animal waste polluting our river. You can take the bag home with you for disposal, or you may deposit it in one of the waste receptacles placed around the park where it will be collected by our volunteers who will take it home for their trash pickup.
Currently, we have no picnic tables or grills installed in the recreation area. Park users are welcome to bring food to enjoy while visiting the area, however, you must either deposit your trash in one of our waste receptacles or take it home with you. Littering is not permitted in the park. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the recreation area, although they would be allowed in the clubhouse, if you rent it for a special event. Also not permitted is building any open fires; so if you need to cook your food, you will have to bring a portable grill or cook it elsewhere.
Current regulations would also seem to prohibit the discharge of fireworks in the recreation area, unless you have a fireworks license and a permit from or contract with the city. Seemingly, under Michigan law, carrying of firearms, either openly or concealed with a concealed carry permit, would be permitted; but discharge of a firearm is strictly prohibited.