One-acre park located at U.P. State Fairgrounds
MARQUETTE — Underneath a stand of tall pine trees, tucked into the northeast corner of the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Escanaba, sits a magical place – a place where discoveries to last a lifetime can be found.
Just a week ago, a couple of young boys from Alabama, ages 8 and 9, discovered this unassumingly.
In Delta County to visit friends, the boys came to the fairgrounds with one of their contemporaries and found the Pocket Park – a place where the boys caught bluegills from a pond shaped like the Upper Peninsula.
The DNR Pocket Park caters especially to children, but adults will find many things to explore there as well. During fair week, many DNR staffers – including conservation officers, wildlife and fisheries biologists and others – are on hand to answer park visitor questions.
Last year, a $150,000 appropriation from the state’s general fund was received to address priority maintenance and repairs at the park, including repairing a leaking roof and replacing structural supports on the porch of the classroom building.
The park’s classroom is used for numerous educational activities, including off-road vehicle and hunter safety training.
In addition to the main attractions, the park also offers numerous exhibits and information booths during fair week.