Parks and Recreation

Approved 2021-2026 City of Niles Parks and Recreation Plan
Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail Map and Information
DEQ Warns Against Transporting Invasive Species 
Riverfront Park Use and Maintenance

List of City Parks

The City of Niles provides numerous public parks at locations throughout the city. Most parks include playground equipment and picnic facilities. They are:

  • Birkholm Park, at Clarendon and 14th (Playground and picnic facilities)
  • Cass Street Park, located at Cass and 8th St. (Play structures, tetherball, basketball court, picnic facilities)
  • Plym Park, at Marmont and Plym Park Rd. (Play structures, picnic shelter, tennis, soccer, softball, basketball)
  • Eagle St. Park, at Eagle and 5th (Playground)
  • Tot Park, at Pokagon and 11th (Playground)
  • Eastside Park, at 17th and Sycamore St. (Play structure, picnic shelter, softball/baseball, basketball)
  • Saathoff Park, at Maple and 9th St. (Playground, soccer, basketball)
  • Clevenger Park, at Cherry and 5th (Play structure, picnic shelter)
  • Riverfront Parks, along the east side of the St. Joseph River from Wayne to Fort St. (Boat ramp, play structure, skate park, amphitheater, walking trails, picnic facilities/shelters)
  • Island Park (entrance off Parkway, south of Broadway) (Walk bridge to island)
  • Marmont St. Boat Ramp, at Marmont St. at the St. Joseph River (Boat ramp)
  • Southside Park, at 15th and Silverbrook Ave. (Play structure, baseball, basketball, picnic shelter)
  • Troost Park, at 8th and Ferry St. (Playground)
  • Thomas Stadium, at Silverbrook Ave. and 11th St. (baseball stadium only)
  • Cable Street Park, 1400 block of Michigan St. (Play structure)
  • F.O.P Park, at F.O.P. Dr. and State St. (baseball only)
  • View a map of each park location here! 

plym park tennis

Parks and Recreation Board

A five member Parks and Recreation board serves in an advisory capacity, meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 1:30 pm at Niles City Hall, 333 N Second Street. The public is invited to attend. The board assists with planning for park improvement or expansion projects, parks maintenance, etc.; establishes rules and regulations regarding park use; and advises on the replacement of park equipment. Click here to view the board's meeting dates and agendas.

Riverfront Playground

Park Agencies and Partners

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources
 is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. The DNR strives to:

  • Protect natural and cultural resources.
  • Ensure sustainable recreation use and enjoyment.
  • Enable strong natural resource-based economies.
  • Improve and build strong relationships and partnerships.
  • Foster effective business practices and good governance

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality promotes wise management of Michigan's air, land, and water resources to support a sustainable environment, healthy communities, and vibrant economy.

  • Leaders in environmental stewardship
  • Partners in economic development
  • Providers of excellent customer service

The Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail partners are working to create a 34-mile trail connecting Niles, MI to Mishawaka, IN.  The completed trail would be used by commuters, students, families and tourists.  The trail would connect people to:

  • 4 universities and several schools
  • 4 downtowns (Niles, Roseland, South Bend and Mishawaka)
  • 16 parks and 2 YMCAs
  • 5 hospitals or major medical facilities
  • Several historical and cultural attractions
  • Businesses offering eating, lodging and shopping


Park Reservation and Contact Information

Want to reserve a pavilion at a park?  You can find an application here.  Please return your completed form to Jamie Moody at   

Please feel free to contact Joe Ray, Public Works Director, or Ryan Millin, Community Development Director, should you have any questions regarding Parks and Recreation. Information on how to reserve the amphitheater can be found here.

riverfront park