John & Melissa Besse Sports Park

Parks & Recreation

John & Melissa Besse Sports Park

John & Melissa Besse Sports Park

900 North Bluff Drive 906-428-9130 (Seasonal Phone)

The Sports Park consists of:

Three ball fields, Cannon, Howes and Olson field which host Little League, High School and American Legion baseball and softball.

The best 27 hole disc course in the Midwest - The North Bluff Disc Golf Course.

Lastly, the Ski Hill, which includes tubing, skiing and snowboarding with rope and paddle tows.

The Ski Hill  is open for normal operating hours. (see below)

The After School Program will start Monday, January 10th!  Busing will come from Gladstone Schools, Rapid River and Holy Name. Contact your school to be added to the bussing route or to participate. 

* Now is the time to book the sports park building for your wedding, reception, company party, etc. for the 2022 season!

Facility Information & Hours

Regular Supervised Hours                                                         *See Rental Fee Schedule below for pricing
Monday, Thursday & Friday - 4:00-8:30pm
Saturday 12:00 - 6:00pm
Sunday 12:00 - 6:00pm

12:00-3:00pm or 3:00-6:00pm

3 rope tows
1 wire rope tow
Beginner to Intermediate ski area
3 tube runs with lift
Ski & Snowboard lesson program
Concession Stand
Snowmaking with power tilled grooming

The Gladstone City Ski Hill is located off of M-35 on North Bluff Drive in the John & Melissa Besse Sports Park.  Offering beginner and intermediate skiing, the hill also has three (3) tube runs, with a lift, and a snowboard terrain park with a 1/2 pipe.  The Ski Chalet includes a concession stand that is also rented out in the off season (April through October) for wedding receptions, graduation parties, family reunions and other community events.

Sports Park Tubing Rental Pricing
Tow Ropes - $55/hr
Less than 50 People - $85/hr
50-75 people - $110/hr
76-100 people - $135/hr
101-150 people - $160/hr
151-200 people - $200/hr
over 200 people - $300/hr
*tubing parties are before or after normal business hours
*call for availability

Building Rental Available
Rental Fee Schedule