Top 5 reasons to love spring in Mt. Pleasant

We love this City all year-round, but there’s just something about spring that gets us excited to go outside and explore! Here are the top 5 reasons why we love spring in Mt. Pleasant so much:

1. The scenery

Mt. Pleasant always manages to look beautiful… But especially so in the spring! With flowers in full bloom and grass as green as can be, the City looks postcard perfect. Stroll downtown on a crisp spring day or explore CMU’s campus in the peak of springtime. Post a pic on Instagram and use the hashtag “#mtpleasantmi” to give us the chance to repost on our page. We love seeing spring in Mt. Pleasant!

2. The parks

Whether you want to play tennis, go for a run or just take a walk with your friends, there is always something to do at the City’s beautiful parks. Now that the snow will be gone for good, take advantage of the many trails in our parks! Our recommendation? Check out the GKB Riverwalk Trail. It’s 1.8 miles long and connects five of Mt. Pleasant’s most popular parks. We even have a map.

3. The start of spring sports

Whether you’re looking to watch a college baseball game or sign your child up for some tee-ball, there’s no shortage of spring sports in Mt. Pleasant! CMU baseball and softball games are already underway, or check out a CMU women’s lacrosse game! If you have little ones, register them for the Chippewa Kids Club to score a free ticket to select CMU sporting events.

As for Mt. Pleasant youth sports, spring soccer and tee-ball both start April 29. The “Start Smart” tee-ball for youth ages 3-5 starts May 2. Click here for more information on youth athletics and activities in the City.

4. Easter activities

This year, Easter falls on April 16– and we have a couple of fun (and free!) activities for kids leading up to it! On April 8, come to CMU’s Finch Fieldhouse for The Great Egg Scramble. Between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., children ages 2-10 scramble for plastic toy and candy-filled eggs, candy and prizes. Crafts, games and refreshments are all part of the festivities as well. For the older kids, check out the Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt on April 9th at 8:30 p.m. The event taking place at Island Park South Shelter will feature hundreds of candy-filled eggs and the chance to win cool prizes!

5. Timber Town 2.0

Mark your calendars: the community build of Timber Town 2.0 starts May 17!  We’re very excited for the new playground… It has some really cool features we think you and your family will love! However, we can’t build it without your help. To sign up to volunteer, go to www.uwgic.org/timbertown. For more information and pictures of the new design, check out www.timbertownmp.org or www.facebook.com/TimberTown2.0.

 

Happy spring, Mt. Pleasant!

5 Reasons Why Mount Pleasant is a Great College Town

  1. The Location

Located right in the center of the mitten, the City of Mount Pleasant appeals to students from every corner of the state. Mt. P is just an hour away from Lansing, an hour and a half from Grand Rapids, and two and a half hours from Detroit. The quick drive up to CMU is easy, but the nearly “Up North” vibe of Mount Pleasant makes it feel like a world away.

  1. The Opportunity

Mount Pleasant hosts an array of businesses and restaurants. In the last few years, multiple new restaurants have opened on Mission Street. Many of these places employ students part time while they go to school. CMU students have the opportunity to intern, work and develop by getting involved during their time at school.

  1. The Parks

Mount Pleasant is home to parks, trails, and a river. You can spend the day hanging out at Island Park, walking one of the many trails or kayaking down the Chip River. Whether it’s summer or winter, there are always things to see and do in the City’s beautiful parks.

  1. The Downtown

Close to campus, Main Street offers a wide variety of restaurants and quaint local businesses. Shopping, pottery painting and great homemade food are all found downtown Mount Pleasant. Take a study break before finals week and head to the annual Christmas Celebration downtown– it proves to be a fun event for residents of all ages!

  1. The Entertainment

With multiple golf courses, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, a movie theater and a summer concert series, there is always something to do in Mount Pleasant. When you’re not busy with homework, head out for a game of golf on a sunny day or spend a rainy day catching a new movie. Home to Soaring Eagle, Mount Pleasant has become a tourist destination for many looking for a short getaway or big-name concert.

*featured photo courtesy of www.cmich.edu