In October 2002, the old Hadley Mill was donated to the township by Ralph and Marie Hartwig. The site was dedicated as the Hartwig Community Park during the summer of 2003. The park is located on the east side of Hadley Road, in downtown Hadley. The tranquil setting is graced by the gentle Farmer’s Creek and is frequently used as a site for wedding and graduation photos. It features the Hadley Historical Museum, a covered bridge, and a pavilion for township residents to use for functions. To reserve the pavilion, please contact the Township Office at 810-797-2117. The Hadley Township Historical Society is also housed in the old mill building on the site.
After Hadley Township purchased the property from Lapeer Community Schools, the former Hadley Elementary School site was renamed Marston Park in May of 2014. It is located on Pratt Road, just east of Hadley Road. Marston Park has two baseball diamonds, a basketball court, and playground equipment that Hadley children use for play. Hadley Youth Baseball & Softball League utilizes Marston Park as their home fields.
Hadley Acres Golf and Country Club is a public, 18-hole course located at 3797 Hadley Road, to the south of Hadley Village.
Sutherland Nature Sanctuary
Sutherland Nature Sanctuary is located at 3998 Diehl Road, north of Snook and south of Pratt. Doris Sutherland donated the 75-acre parcel to the Great Lakes Bio-regional Land Conservancy, now the Six Rivers Land Conservancy, a non-profit educational organization.
Ortonville Recreation Area
Ortonville Recreation Area is a 5,400-acre state park located in the Township’s southwest quadrant. The park affords the following recreational opportunities: fishing, boating, hunting, swimming, picnicking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, cross- country skiing, and mountain biking. In addition, the park has playground equipment, a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, a rustic cabin, which sleeps 20, and an equestrian campground.
Metamora-Hadley State Recreation Area
The 723-acre Metamora-Hadley State Recreation Area is located in northeast Hadley Township. Park users can swim, fish, ice fish, and rent paddle boats on 80-acre Lake Minnewanna, which dominates the center of the park. Additionally, 224 campsites ring the lake. Other available activities at the Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area include hiking, picnicking, hunting, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.
Additional Recreational Areas
In addition to the parks and recreation facilities outlined above, the Lapeer Community School District and private property owners also contribute to the number of recreation facilities available in the Township. Hadley Baptist Church has one baseball diamond and a gymnasium. At the Emma Murphy School in nearby Metamora Township, soccer nets, a baseball diamond, basketball courts, and a football field for flag football are available for use. Playground equipment at Emma Murphy includes monkey bars, swings, balance beams, and climbers.