A very warm welcome to one of the nicest communities in Michigan where the quality of life is good and getting better every day. Here is a sampling of things about our area.
You have moved to a vibrant community that opens its arms to new ideas and new people. Of course, we are a college community where both Central Michigan University and Mid-Michigan College not only provide higher education, but plenty of activities, entertainment and special events.
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan has built one of the largest casinos in the Mid-west and also Michigan's largest indoor water park. But to get a real feel for the rich culture and history of the tribe you must visit one of America's finest Native American museums, The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways.
Union Township geographically is a six mile by six mile square with a city and the University in the middle of it.
Consumers Energy supplies electricity in our community and natural gas is supplied by DTE. Internet service is now fairly competitive and both cable TV and satellite TV are readily available from local suppliers. Your township government supplies water and sewer service to the most populated parts of the community. Garbage collection in Union Township is provided by competitive private firms. Check with your neighbors to see which ones they prefer. The township in cooperation with the county government provides every other week curbside recycling. Check the recycling page to see the recycling map and the pick-up calendar to get information about recycling.
We have most major retailers represented here and more are on the way. Retailers that cater to larger markets are just an hour away in Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw.
Our community is also full of many fine local merchants specializing in every area of retail with a level of customer service hard to find in the larger national chains.
Grocery shoppers will be pleased to learn we have good local seasonal farm markets and some excellent local bakeries and butcher shops to supplement the traditional supermarkets in our community.
Our college crowd likes to eat. We offer a wide variety of fast food and pizza establishments. Most offer delivery, Doordash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats. For the more mature palates your new community offers an endless variety of cuisines.
Parks, Recreation and Libraries
The Greater Mount Pleasant area and Isabella County feature some wonderful parks for outdoor fun and great playgrounds and regardless of what sport you might be interested in there is a place nearby to watch or engage in, both for kids and adults. The city recreation department has a year round activity and recreation program for kids from t-ball to tennis and many adult programs as well.
A full range of high school sports keep our younger folks very active and the township parks support a very active local little league and area-wide girls softball league. Church and adult softball leagues engage hundreds of older folks in active lifestyles too.
If you know what disc golf is, we also have two courses in our area, one on campus and one in the Meridan County Park. Many top notch traditional golf courses abound in our area too.
We also have an excellent library system serving your new community.
Unique shops, unique restaurants, an historic city hall, a restored historic theater for a talented local thespian organization and a great place to walk and sip a coffee at a sidewalk café make Downtown Mount Pleasant a delightful reminder of what downtowns should be. Don’t just drive through; get out of the car for a five minute walk to experience it. Then come back for longer strolls to see what you missed.
Newcomers will be pleased to learn that their new community has an active night life. The younger college crowd has many places that cater to them, but a growing number of venues now provide live entertainment for the older set. The Soaring Eagle Casino regularly books familiar names in comedy and popular music. Nationally known figures are also booked into CMU's Events Center as well.
Pubs, sports bars, and the local brewpub in a former railroad station also provide a pleasant night out.
The Mount Pleasant area seems to have fitness fever with a growing number of excellent public and private facilities for fitness buffs of every skill level and interest.
The largest public venue in the county has two major adjacent facilities in the Isabella County Sportsplex. For ice skaters and hockey players we have a busy ice arena where you can learn how to skate and play hockey too. CMU's hockey team uses the community facility as well as hockey leagues for players of all ages.
Next door to the hockey rink is the newest community facility, Morey Courts, which includes basketball, volleyball and racquetball courts, and an indoor track.
"Fire Up Chips" is a familiar phrase for those who attend CMU football games in Kelley-Shorts Stadium and basketball games at McGuirk Arena. In spring CMU's baseball team livens up the area at Theunissen Stadium. Volleyball, gymnastics, softball, wrestling and other sports also make the campus busy with visiting teams from the MAC Conference.
Our community gets a tad noisy on Friday night during warm weather because of the Mt. Pleasant Speedway. We also have a horse race track in season at the County Fair Grounds.
Three minor league baseball teams are an hour or less away in Midland, Lansing, and Grand Rapids.
Health Care Facilities
Newcomers to Isabella County are also surprised to learn about both the quality and diversity of care available in their new community. An award winning regional hospital that includes a modern cancer treatment center provides a full range of services including a 24/7 emergency room and birthing center.
Primary care doctors and specialists in every field of medicine are also readily available locally.
Union Township is in the Mount Pleasant School District, where test scores regularly exceed state averages. Because the community has been very supportive of education, our schools enjoy excellent facilities and programs including a well equipped regional tech center down the hall from the modern high school.
There are also a variety of non-public school choices in the community.
Something Special for Youngsters
A children's museum (Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum) is dedicated to providing fun and educational experiences for young people ages 0 - 12 that stimulate children's natural curiosity and creativity. The engaging exhibits offer a hands-on, child-centered environment for children to play and therefore learn through the development of fundamental life skills.
One of the signs of a vibrant community is just how engaged citizens are in making good things happen. Your new community excels at that and when you are ready to engage there are ample opportunities in service clubs, volunteer organizations, charities and purposeful non-profits that meet most community needs. Newcomers are welcomed with open arms. Welcome.