Located at the west end of First Street on Lake Michigan, Douglas Park is the largest recreation area in Manistee. There is a boat launch into the Manistee River near Lake Michigan with docks and a fish cleaning station. A picnic area with pavilions overlooks Lake Michigan along with a short fishing pier. There is a large lakefront beach with play equipment, volleyball courts and restrooms. In 2010, upgrades to the First Street launch ramps were made and four of the eight ramps are now universally accessible.
In adjacent off-beach areas there are two children’s playgrounds, a dog park, lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, volleyball court and two lighted softball fields with restrooms. There are also natural areas within the park. Adequate parking is available throughout the park.