DAVISON TWP. — Things may not be completely back to normal after COVID-19 hit in 2020 but expect some features at Lake Callis to resume for the summer of 2021.
The Lake Callis Recreation Complex, 1152 N. Gale Rd., is set to open for the 2021 season on May 29 and while COVID-19 masking and gathering rules will be in effect, the restrooms, changing rooms and concessions stand will all be opened again after closing last year due to the pandemic.
“We’re opening everything up, pretty much,” said Casey Reed, director of the Davison Parks and Recreation. “We have to enforce gathering and face mask restrictions so there will be limited capacity within the park and splash pad. Besides that, we’re hoping to be functioning as close to normal as possible.”
Lake Callis will be open from May 9-Sept.6, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The splash pad will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the concession stand will be opened Monday-Friday from 1-7 p.m., times may vary depending on staffing.
Reed said the hours of for the concession stand have changed and hours may still vary due to staffing issues. She said if the park can find more people to work, they will be able to better guarantee hours.
The park will also be allowing rentals, but those renting facilities at the lake must abide by facemasking rules as long as they are maintained by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Entry gates will be closed 30 minutes prior to the park closing (8:30 p.m.). Vehicles not out of the park by closing time at 9 p.m. will be locked in the park until 9 a.m. the next day.
Gate admission and Splash Pad fees apply, visit DTPark.com for details. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult while in the park. Children under 7 must be accompted by an adult while I the splash pad, and the adult must purchase a pass).
Reid said the park will be holding programs for school age children (ages 6-13) once school ends for the summer. These programs will take place Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Visit the website to pre-register.
Lake Callis will also hold Adventure Day, sponsored by Fernco. Anyone interested should visit the website or the Davison Parks and Recreation Facebook page.
“We’re hoping for a hot, somewhat dry summer,” said Reed. “We want people to get outdoors. – get outdoors. Our annual passes are on sale and we have lots of programs scheduled.”
Some of the events planned at Lake Callis this summer include the annual Fishing Derby on May 29, the Young Warrior Beach Battle on June 13 and Movies on the Beach starting June 18 with The Croods: The New Age. Also showing this summer will be Tom& Jerry on July 9 and the Trolls World Tour on Aug. 13.
Reed said the park will lift COVID restrictions as the state announces more changes, but overall, she said she’s just glad the community is looking at a semi-normal year compared to 2020.
“I’m just grateful to be able to open and have a concession stand,” she said. “I’m glad get to open everything up again.”