Park Directory

Tank Hill Management Plan

The 15.3 acre property for Tank Hill contains a diverse hardwood forest. This parcel is public property of the City of Frankfort, managed by the City of Frankfort, Parks and Recreations Commission. Its name was derived from it being the placement of the city water tower, visible from most of Frankfort and the neighboring town of Elberta, since the establishment of the city (see cover picture). This hill, along with the forest and water towers upon it, have defined the landscape of the city since its formation and are of indispensable value. Due to recent tree mortality, caused by emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) (EAB), a management plan has been sought in order to reduce the liability risk by removing standing dead timber. The forest also faces overall declining ecosystem health as a result of various other anthropogenic causes. As a guideline for improving both forest safety and health, this Forest Stewardship Plan has been drafted to explain the feasibility of removing hazardous dead trees; sustainably harvesting timber products; and reinvesting harvesting revenue towards follow-up activities which will improve ecological, aesthetic and recreational qualities of the forest. Click here to view the entire Tank Hill Stewardship Plan.

Snowmobile access
for the City of Frankfort

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Frankfort-Elberta Pier Safety Project
The Frankfort-Elberta Pier Safety Project was initiated in July of 2000, at the request of the Sutter family, who lost their fifteen year old son in a drowning accident off the Frankfort Pier. The Sutter family appealed to a very supportive community for help in the installation of lifesaving devices, call boxes and signs to make the Frankfort-Elbeta pier structurs a safer place for all to use.

Ongoing Efforts


Continue to develop & support Water Safety Instruction

Install 2 Pull Alarm type Safety Devices at the Elbows of each Pier

Install, in strategic areas along the waterfront, additional Life Saving Stands or other equipment, as deemed necessary

Develop long term Water Safety Instruct/Education programs to assist in community’s water safety issues

Assist neighboring water-front communities with Water Safety projects by sharing information & resources, including some funding

Support & assist the development of local Benzi e Area Dive Team

The following organizations or agencies contributed requested grant monies for specific prosed projects within the Frankfort-Elberta Pier Safety Project:
The Grand Traverse Band of Chippewa and Ottawa
The Seabury Foundation
The Frankfort Rotary Club
Most of the Caleb Memorial financial and volunteer contributions came directly from local businesses and individuals who wished to support this project in memory of Caleb. 

If you would like to help support the Caleb Sutter Memorial Fund, please send tax-deductible donations to: 
City of Frankfort - Caleb Sutter Memorial Fund 
P.O. Box 351
Frankfort, MI 49635