Roscommon Metropolitan Recreation Authority (RMRA)

The Roscommon Metropolitan Recreation Authority (RMRA) is located in Roscommon County, Michigan. RMRA is the governing authority for several entities and events available to the community of Roscommon. We monitor and govern the operations of the C.R.A.F. Center, AuSable River Center, and MetroPark.

RMRA is dedicated to providing quality recreation programs for residents and visitors of all ages. Working in conjunction with other groups the Authority has community activities and programs planned year around. The RMRA itself maintains Tisdale Triangle, Metro Park, and is responsible for overall function of the CRAF Center.

Roscommon Metropolitan Recreation Authority meets at the CRAF Center on the third Wednesday of January, March, May, September and November at 7:00 p.m. The public is always welcome.

Kid's Calendar for Area Activities

You may email any events you would like added to Please include the date, time, location, age group, if any, and a description.

Featured Activity

Down & Dirty Rascal Race 2016

Where: Metro Park

When: Saturday, August 27, 2016

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Cost: $10

Three age groups: 5-7, 8-11 & 12-14

Test your individual skills on this challenging speed and agility course.

Two courses will be offered; the 5-7 age group and the 8-11 & 12-14 age groups.

  • Each participant will run the course 2 times. The times will be combined and averaged.
  • The top 3 from each age group will compete for GRAND CHAMPION and prizes.

Printable Registration Form (PDF)

Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve

Tom Dale teaching a group of students about wolf songs at the Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve. Just one of many programs for children.
Educational program at MGNP

The Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve is a sixty acre natural area which includes an interpretive cabin, a handicapped accessible interpretive trail, a towering growth of pine forest, headwaters for Tank Creek, a pond, and a well mark trail. This site is well utilized by visitors and school classes as it serves to educate everyone about the value of conservation. It provides a quiet area close to down town and schools for reflection and nature study. There is a naturalist on staff and programs conducted spring, summer and fall.

The preserve is open to the public for hiking, snow-shoeing, birding and many other uses. There are several foot trails that meander through the upland forest, totaling a network roughly 3 miles of well-marked pathways.

Tisdale Triangle Pathway

Tisdale Trail Head
Tisdale Trail Head

A little over 8 miles of beautifully wooded and groomed trail for biking, hiking, or cross country skiing. Close to Roscommon, yet peaceful and alive with wildlife.

A recreation passport is required for parking.

During the winter months, RMRA grooms the trails at Tisdale Triangle to encourage their use for cross country skiing. The trails are groomed regularly. Follow RMRA on Facebook to find out exactly when the trails were groomed for skiing!

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View the DNR Trail Map

Map of Tisdale Triangle Pathway's trail system (PDF) - Reposted with permission from Michigan DNR

Metro Park

Walkway to Metro Park ballfields
Metro Park ballfields - Spring 2014

The baseball fields are one of the best within District 8 Little League play and are the pride of Little League and the Metro Park.

The Roscommon-St. Helen Little League maintain the fields. They have built dugouts on each field, added batting cages, bull pens, and completed fencing around the T-ball field. Every spring their volunteers put in 100 man hours in clean up and ground maintenance.

RMRA included improvements to Metro Park in their goals and the improvements were completed in 2015.

CRAF Center

The weight room at the CRAF Center.
Section of the CRAF Center Weight Room

The C.R.A.F. Center was an old middle school building that has been renovated into a Community Recreation, Activity and Fitness Center. It has become the center of activity for several Chamber of Commerce events (Festivals) and the Summer Concerts Series. The building contains two gymnasiums for basketball and volleyball, two fitness rooms, and an aerobics room. There are a wide variety of fitness classes available, as well as dance, clogging, karate, and tai chi. Recently, we have added pickleball, inside batting cages, and golf as new activities.

Various sized rooms are available for private and public rental for classes, meetings or long term lease.

You may find the most current activities on Facebook or call for current schedule.

For more information, contact their friendly staff at 989-275-4975 or email them at:

AuSable River Center

This is the fireplace at the AuSable River Center in Roscommon Michigan. The River Center is located in downtown Roscommon.
The fireplace inside the AuSable River Center

The AuSable River Center was the former DNR Headquarters built by the C.C.C. and was relocated within the Village. The 2300 sq. ft. building was renovated to accommodate displays of river history, river craft, artifacts and other educational material.

The mission statement reads: “To educate the public about the heritage, artifacts, wildlife and environment of the great AuSable River. To provide a forum for those interested in keeping the river as a viable entity for its natural and recreational opportunities.

Christmas in the Village

Inside Santa's shed at Christmas in the Village
Inside Santa's house at Christmas in the Village

Christmas in the Village is a popular annual event occurring the first Saturday in December. Highlights include the Village tree lighting ceremony, a parade, visits with Santa, a large indoor arts and crafts show, caroling, and, conditions permitting, sleigh rides. The entire downtown area is closed to traffic and the streets are lined with luminaries. Shops are open and offer hot cocoa, hot cider, and other refreshments.

Roscommon Riverfest

Lonnie Olson sending her dog off the dock, at the Roscommon AuSable River Fest 2009 dock diving competition
Roscommon River Fest 2009 dock diving competition

July 17, 2016

Roscommon RiverFest is scheduled the third Sunday in July and held in Wallace Park. The theme of the event is the AuSable River and is specifically targeted toward creating a positive experience for the youth and visitors of the community. Non-profits and community members will be on hand to educate and entertain.

So grab your picnic lunch and join us on the banks. The event will include the dog jumping contest, cardboard boat race, music, Roscommon Rotary Duck Race and much more.

For more information, visit their website: Roscommon RiverFest

Mission Statement:

RMRA is dedicated to providing quality recreation programs for residents and visitors of all ages

Welcome to Roscommon! Nature Trail - Marguerite Nature Center Outside of AuSable River Center Outside the CRAF Center in downtown Roscommon Roscommon Metro Park - Baseball Fields Trail head for Tisdale Triangle Gazebo during free concert

Upgrades to Metro Park Completed!

RMRA is excited about the completion of the MetroPark playground!

Several grants, corporate and private funding made this new playground possible. This brings RMRA closer to the goals outlined for expanding Metro Park...

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2016 Summer Concerts

The 2016 free Gazebo Summer Concert Series schedule is finalized and available here! See who we have appearing...

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