Commerce Township Parks and RecreationEmily England, Director | Phone: 248-926-0063 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The historically significant Byers Homestead Park is a small park located on the south side of Commerce Road and situated along the Huron River. The property was first settled in 1825 by Abram Walrod, the first European settler in Commerce Township. Many of the historic buildings remain on the site including the primary residence that was built
in 1849. The Byers homestead site was listed on the State register of historic sites on May 28, 1977. The Friends of Byers formed in 1995 in recognition of the need to protect the homestead for future generations to enjoy.
In 1998, Commerce Township purchased the property for preservation as a historic and recreational community amenity. The Friends group works closely with the Township to coordinate the preservation and maintenance of the grounds, conduct community events and assist with fundraising for maintenance and preservation.
Facilities at the park include the primary residence, barn, duck barn, pantry, storage barn, outhouse, picnic tables, benches, walking path, porta-john and a wooden bridge over the Huron River. The park also hosts a number of events throughout the year such as vintage market, Halloween boo bash, pictures with Santa and the Easter bunny, etc.