Welcome to our Parents, Parks and Coffee series where we highlight destination parks all over West Michigan, and help you find coffee to fuel your next adventure. Many thanks to BIGGBY of West Michigan for partnering with us on this smile-making project.
Splash, Climb, and Dig the Day Away at Allendale Community Park
6676 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale, MI
Allendale Community Park is just a short drive west of Grand Rapids and is packed with fun for every kid. The drive is worth it as your kids will be happily playing for hours on end!
Allendale Community Park has several large play structures for climbing and sliding. There is a smaller playground, located primarily in the shade, that is toddler-sized perfection. Mixed in with the play equipment are other fun features like a pretend storefront, fun percussion instruments, and a play telescope.
The highlight of this park for my kids is always the giant sandbox. Located right in the middle of everything, this sprawling sandbox provides plenty of space for imaginary play. There are a few metal diggers near one end of the sandbox, but it’s largely just an open space for digging, playing, and creating.
In addition to loads of great playground toys and classic park features, there are also two splash pads that are open seasonally.
Tips for Your Trip from other Parents
- Shade is easy to find, but apply sunscreen to your kids as the splash pad and playground are mostly full sun.
- There is an awesome new mural on the backside of the bathroom building that makes for a great photo opportunity.
- Bring your beach sand toys to keep your kiddos busy in the giant sandbox!
- Older kids? There is a permanent Octoball pit located behind the toddler playground–remember to bring your own ball.
- The splash pad turns on seasonally at 10:00 AM . The smaller pad has a small button on the mechanical box to push to start the water. The larger pad you have to press firmly on the silver part in the middle of the drain.