Spend 24 Hours in Midland with Marcie Post

Marcie Post, assistant director of Public Services, has moved over 10 times—including a summer in Yellowstone. She came back to Midland to raise her family 15 years ago. 

“We moved here purposely because the schools are great and there’re so many amazing things here for us and for our kids,” she says. “I found my friends here, I’ve got my girl gang, I’ve got my running group. We put our roots down here.”

When Marcie moved into her current home, it didn’t take long for her and her neighbor to start planning block parties and doing a community garden plot. “She doesn’t have grandkids yet, so in a way, it’s like she’s adopted ours until she gets hers,” she says. “It’s a community.”

Marcie was born in Midland and grew up in Harrison. When she was a kid, she got her start working in the parks at Wilson State Park. “I loved it,” she says. Marcie attributes most of her love for the outdoors to her geologist father.

“Growing up, my dad was always pushing us to be outside,” she says. “We were always hunting and chasing waterfalls.”

As summer approaches, Marcie has her hands full with everything from coordinating the Middle of the Mitt Miracle Field league, preparing and staffing Plymouth Pool, tearing down the old Currie Stadium, and so much more.

7:45 a.m. Fuel up at Creation Coffee

After dropping her youngest, Callen, off at daycare, Marcie stops at Creation. Her go-to coffee order is the La Pastora pour-over. This morning, she also ordered a chorizo breakfast burrito to satiate her appetite from playing basketball in a women’s league the night before.

Before she heads to work, she orders coffee for her team.

8:30 a.m. Working in the office at Midland Municipal Services Center 

While the office building at 4811 N. Saginaw Road is modest, the interior is brimming with energy. Marcie’s office is lined with colorful images and motivating phrases such as “world’s best boss,” “Marcie Cheer Squad,” and “Good bosses let their employees leave early on Fridays.”

Marcie begins this workday meeting with Mackenzie Render, program leader, to plan logistics for opening day at the Miracle Field. A Miracle Field is a universally accessible soft surface baseball diamond that offers athletes of all ages with a cognitive or physical disability a safe and welcoming place to play ball without barriers. Because of the diverse roster of athletes, the playlist inspiration for opening day is “everything from John Denver to Blippi.”

11:00 a.m. Checking out the Miracle Field

"Don’t let me forget to bring a wiffle ball back to the office,” she says. Marcie needs a reference to order more for opening day. This particular one is large and lightweight, making it easier for athletes with disabilities to handle.“We don’t ask what their disability is, we just ask, ‘How can I accommodate you and how can we communicate?’”

The idea for an inclusive recreation space in Midland was conceived over 10 years ago. It wasn’t until 2018 when Marcie’s son, Julian, was born with Down syndrome that the idea was rekindled. Julian passed away at the age of 11 weeks, but his memory became Marcie’s mission: to provide kids with special needs in the community with a space to play. The Miracle Field is now in its second year.

12:00 p.m. Lunch at Proper Taco in Downtown

“I love downtown,” says Marcie. “Especially in the summertime when all the plantings are out and the music is going, that’s the best time to be down here. We’ll just go and walk around; that’s how we get our kids to burn off energy.”

Marcie has known Proper Taco owner Ashley Rae for about eight years. “Her food is delicious and her vibe is fabulous.”

To find her wallet, Marcie pulls a wiffle ball out of her purse. “I love the Becky and the Vern, but I especially like her specialty tacos. I always like to try new things.” 

April’s special theme was Disco. Marcie ordered two tacos: the Earth, Wind & Fire (spinach ribbon, quinoa, miso aioli, pickled carrot, marinated radish, cilantro, sprouts) and the Shalamar (spring lettuce, carne asada beef, smoked cheddar, cracked pepper crema, green olive, white onion, sprouts). 

Afternoon - Back to work

Overseeing 74 parks with a combined 2,700 acres of land is busy business. “We have more parkland than Bay City, Saginaw, and Mt. Pleasant combined,” she says. Marcie explains that a rule created in the 70s required green space if a specified acreage of land is developed, and that’s how Midland came to have an abundance of parks. That rule has been overturned, so newer areas of the city have fewer parks.

Later this year, an accessible playground will be installed adjacent to the Miracle Field. There will be a wheelchair swing, wheelchair merry-go-round, Sit-N-Spin, roller table, and more. There will even be accessible bathrooms with the means to transfer from the toilet to changing tables.

Evening - Playing at Kaufman Park / Soccer practice / Basketball practice / Running

Marcie and her family keep active no matter what day of the week it is. “We live in a park, so we’ve got this great green space behind us,” she says. “The kids can just go. At one point, my kid tried to make a BMX track back there—which I made him remove.”

Her teenager Wesley plays soccer, so they’re either at the Midland Soccer Complex practicing or traveling for games on weekends. Marcie also serves on the soccer complex’s board.

Marcie and her husband, Jon,  are both in basketball leagues, playing at the Greater Midland Community Center.

Marcie is also a runner. “I am going to run the half marathon at Bayshore in Traverse City on Memorial Day. Tomorrow is my nine-mile run, so I’m already mentally trying to prep for this,” she says, laughing. The Pere Marquette Rail Trail is a favorite running spot. 

Dinner - Cinnamon Indian Cuisine
“We love Indian food, so Cinnamon is a go-to!” she says. Crepes Et Amis is also a fan-favorite food stop. 

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Crystal Gwizdala is a freelance writer with a focus on health and science. As a lifelong resident of the Tri-Cities, she loves sharing how our communities are overcoming challenges. Crystal is also a serial hobbyist — her interests range from hiking or drawing to figuring out how to do a handstand. Her work can be seen in Wide Open Eats, The Xylom, Woman & Home, and The Detroit Free Press. To see what Crystal’s up to, you can follow her on Twitter @CrystalGwizdala.