Midland soon to hear the sounds of summer

Marcie Post is the Assistant Director of Public Services for the City of Midland.The sweet summer sounds of splashing in a pool, upbeat music and crackling fireworks will soon be heard in Midland County.

Marcie Post, assistant director of public services for the City of Midland, says she and the parks and recreation staff and organizers are ready to bring on the family fun.

“It’s a good feeling. Summer 2021 feels like it’s going to be normal; it’s very exciting,” Post says. “We have to make up for lost time.”

Plymouth Park Pool reopens Saturday, June 12

Located at 4501 Plymouth Park Drive, the city’s only outdoor community pool will open at 100% capacity, Post says. Those who are non-vaccinated will have to wear a mask inside the building but can go maskless everywhere else outside. 

“We will follow the [state’s] mask mandates,” Post says, adding that the mandates may change over the course of the summer.

Located at 4501 Plymouth Park Drive, the city’s only outdoor community pool will open at 100% capacity.New this year are swim passes, which she says, can be “pre-purchased online, and activated. This minimizes wait times and crowding. It’s going to be great and convenient.”

The pool offers an accessible zero-depth entry and spray features, including dumping buckets of water for children and persons with disabilities. It also offers a deep end with a water slide. The pool building features showers and changing facilities with spacious, accessible dressing rooms. 

Swim lessons, recreational swims and lap swims are available at the pool during the summer months. The pool is open mid-June through Labor Day (weather permitting). For additional information regarding amenities, pool policies and swim passes, visit the city’s website at cityofmidlandmi.gov. There are season passes and limited passes available online.

Tunes by the Tridge begins Thursday, June 10

The free concerts begin Thursday, June 10 and run through August 12, happening from 7-9 p.m.Another family-friendly event, Tunes by the Tridge will feature a wide array of bands and musicians who perform at the foot of Midland’s Tridge. The free concerts begin Thursday, June 10 and run through August 12, happening from 7-9 p.m. Dueling Pianos will perform opening night. “[Dueling Pianos] is a fan favorite, and it’s a great way to kick off the end of school and start of summer,” says Post.

People can bring quilts, blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the music.

“I am expecting record crowds,” says Post. “We’re prepared for it. We want the community to come out and enjoy themselves.”

There is no cost to attend the event, and portable toilets will be available to the public. Post asks “people to keep a 6’ distance from other attendees who aren’t in your party and be sure to wear a mask when traveling about the performance venue.” She also says that the circle area by the Midland Farmers Market will be closed to traffic.

You can view the summer’s music lineup here or visit cityofmidlandmi.gov. Tunes by the Tridge will be held on Thursdays through August 12.

4th of July entertainment and fireworks display

Post is “really looking forward” to this year’s July 4th entertainment, assuring it will be a crowd-pleaser. Fireworks will begin at dusk. They’ll be launched from the St. Charles Softball diamonds.

“People will be able to spread out and see the fireworks from all over Midland [because] it’s a high show,” meaning the fireworks display will be shot up high in the air and seen from miles away. “It just gives people another opportunity to gather and to have fun,” Post says. 

Fireworks will begin at dusk, launched from the St. Charles Softball diamonds.The musical entertainment will be Slick Jimmy, “Midland’s premier 80’s cover band” who will perform on the front lawn of the Dow Diamond at 8 p.m. 

In addition to the fireworks, vendors will be at the event with food and beverages. People are asked to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs. Personal fireworks like sparklers, firecrackers and other items will be prohibited in city parks, and pets are asked to stay home during the event.

To accommodate the launch, St. Charles and Towsley Streets will be closed from 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 4, to 6 a.m. on Monday, July 5. For more information on street closures, visit cityofmidlandmi.gov

Walk Midland program

Back on track this summer is Midland’s walking program. Post encourages those who like to walk with friends or those who like to meet others while getting fit to join Midland’s walking program.

The Midland City Forest is one of the locations for the Walk Midland programFrom June 7 through August 4, Midland Parks and Recreation — in partnership with MidMichigan Health, Chippewa Nature Center, Greater Midland Corporate Wellness and Little Forks Conservancy — will host seven walking locations throughout the week. Drawings will be held at each walk for prizes. During each walk, participants will be registered for a grand prize package filled with prizes from walk sponsors. 

“This has really bloomed into a great partnership. We have people of all ages and abilities,” says Post. “This is fun for everyone,  for families, neighbors. It’s a community-wide program.”

With every two-mile walk, drawings will be held for a gift certificate to a local ice cream or coffee shop. At the end of the program in August, a large gift basket grand prize will be handed out. View the schedule and walking locations here.

For more information on any of these programs, go to cityofmidlandmi.gov.

Read more articles by Erika M. Hirschman.

A veteran freelance writer and former reporter with The Midland Daily News, Erika Hirschman has covered a wide array of topics in Midland County including education, human interest, local government and crime. Erika holds a journalism degree from Marygrove College/University of Detroit-Mercy.


Erika is an award-winning reporter, and has written for various newspapers and magazines in the state. When she’s not writing, Erika loves to read and travel, dance in her kitchen with her family and two dogs, and advocates for cancer treatment and research. She’s lived in Saginaw County for 25 years.

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