Kimball Pines County Park in Emmett Township took a major hit from the severe weather that rocked the area on Sunday, May 29, 2011.

Numerous trees have been uprooted or snapped in half, and the pavilion sustained pretty heavy damage as well.

Planted in the 1930’s and 1940’s, the park is roughly 100 acres of mostly plantation pines. Plantation pines are trees that have been planted closely in rows that run both north/south and east/west with the intention that eventually some trees will be removed.

Unfortunately, mother nature acted first.

Kimball Pines is comprised of red, scotch, jack and white pines as well as black cherry trees and numerous other species of trees.

The park is one of the oldest stands of urban pines in Michigan. The park also contains deciduous woodlands, ponds and a creek that is a tributary of the Kalamazoo River.

The park will remain closed for storm cleanup as we prepare for the Sliver Leaf Renaissance Faire.

If you’re interested in volunteering your time to help the Silver Leaf Volunteers with the cleanup, please contact General Manager Wendy L. Graves at (269) 209-7131 or by email at