This is the fifth in a series featuring one of the city of Fenton’s nine parks, providing information on each and highlighting the amenities available to the public.
Bush Park is one of Fenton’s largest parks. It is 5-1/2 acres and was given to the city of Fenton by Harry C. and Doris E. Bush on Dec. 18, 1954.
Very little information is available about the history of this couple and the reason for their generous donation.
The main entrance is at the east end of Jefferson Street, behind St. John Catholic School. The North LeRoy Street at Fifth Street entrance is a footbridge to the park. This area has been refurbished and beautified by the Fenton Rotary Club.
The area has parking in place, a lighted gazebo, picnic area, plantings and trees, as well as a brick walkway. Rotary members installed playground equipment in an area just across the foot bridge.
The park is always open and has no entrance fees. The Shiawassee River runs through the park and provides a beautiful opportunity to experience peace in the city. In addition to the children’s play equipment, there is a tot lot area, rest rooms, a gazebo, a pavilion with electricity, picnic areas and a small island to enjoy. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Folks can be seen playing at sand volleyball throughout the summer.
Every September, the city generously allows Bush Park to serve as parking for the thousands of visitors to the St. John Applefest, one of the city’s largest festivals, complete with a midway and countless activities.
During the holiday season, Christmas tree decorating by Fenton elementary children takes place at Bush Park at the North LeRoy Street entrance. This activity is sponsored by the Fenton Rotary Club.
The trees, decorated for the birds by the children are colorful works of art. Circles of cranberries and triangular-shaped cheese crackers make for attractive decorations as do marshmallow, pretzel, cereal and popcorn ornaments. These fir trees are a refuge for birds during the cold winter.
Many children look forward to the opportunity to walk across the Shiawassee River, via the bridge, to play in the Rotary Playground, which now sports a sign in honor of Earl Sutton, a founding member of Fenton Rotary.
The pavilion and the gazebo are available for rental at the city offices. Call (810) 629-2261.