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Hawk Nest Park


  1. benches
  2. bridges
  3. cross-country ski trails
  4. drinking fountain
  5. multi-purpose field
  6. parking
  7. passive natural areas
  8. paved trails/walkways
  9. pond
  10. tennis court(s)
  11. tot lot
  12. unpaved/nature trail
Hawk Nest Park is 22 acres of land in the center of the Hawk Nest Condominium Community. It is the northernmost park in the City of East Lansing system and is connected to the Northern Tier Trail north of Coleman Road. Over 40 single family homes abut Hawk Nest Park on three sides and the fourth side abuts the Hawk Hollow Golf Course. Five parking spaces are located on Kiskadee Drive and there are four access points into the park, one each off of Kiskadee Drive, Whimbrel Way, Buteo Drive and Shearwater Lane.

In 2008, a Master Plan for Hawk Nest Park was developed and approved. It included a 10’ wide extension of the Northern Tier Trail through the park, a playground, picnic pavilion, interpretive signage, wildlife viewing points, internal pathways to connect key park elements, and a native habitat restoration project.

In 2009, the City of East Lansing was successful in securing a Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Trust Fund grant to develop Hawk Nest Park. The Park was constructed in 2010, and the native habitat restoration, which is expected to take three to five years, is underway.

Reserving Park Space
The City of East Lansing has an application process for community park reservations. To reserve a portion of the park exclusively for your use, please complete the facility use application through the East Lansing City Clerk's office. Please note all applications must be submitted at least six weeks in advance of the preferred reservation date. *Patriarche Park reservations are coordinated through the Department of Public Works.