Grand Rapids Township Park has a Giant Playground, Paved Nature Trail and Glimpses of Fire Engines

Grand Rapids Township Park Firetruck Feature Image

A Bit About Grand Rapids Township Park

Grand Rapids Township Park
1836 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Nestled behind the Grand Rapids Township Building, off of the East Beltline just south of Knapp Avenue, is one of the most jam-packed playgrounds.

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Maintained by Grand Rapids Township, this playground and surrounding recreation area is nearing the end of a five year plan to revamp and update to accommodate the growing population in the region.

Today, these plans have made this spot an ideal destination for families wanting to enjoy some sunshine.

Grand Rapids Township Park

The playground area is massive. The main playground area features two large structures, swings, a hanging merry-go-round, see-saws, and even an excavation area for digging.

To the left is a smaller area dubbed the Tot Lot with two play structures, swings, and merry-go-round designed for younger kids to enjoy.

Grand Rapids Township Park at a Glance

  • Large Playground Area
  • Paved Hiking Trail
  • Sand Volleyball Court
  • Tennis Courts
  • Basketball Court
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Picnic Tables
  • Covered Picnic Pavilion
  • Bathrooms
  • Free Little Library
Grand Rapids Township Parl Merry Go Round

A nearby picnic pavilion houses restroom facilities so you don’t have to go far when nature calls.

The surrounding recreational area also includes a basketball court, four tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, three baseball diamonds, a 1.1-mile paved nature trail and plenty of picnic tables and benches.

There is even a free little library so while the kids play, you can sit back and sip your coffee with a good book.

Grand rapids twp park

Tips for Your Trip from Other Parents

  • There are plenty of trees along the perimeter of the playground area, so you can find benches or tables in shaded or sunny spots. Most of the playground area is very sunny, so be sure to bring sunscreen or hats if you plan on playing for a while.
  • The paved nature trail follows a 1.1-mile loop that most kids ages 3 and up can handle, and is also very stroller friendly. It does go through a marshy-wetlands area, so if you plan on hiking bug spray would be a good call.
Grand Rapids Township Park Nature Trail Loop
  • The Township Building also houses engines for the local fire department, so if occasion arises the siren may go off as engines leave the building. You might also get to glimpse of them while you are playing which can be exciting.
  • Leave Fido at home, leash laws are strict here and limited to a 6′ maximum, and dogs are not allowed into the playground area at all.
  • While the bathrooms are kept neat, the pressure on the sinks is high so expect some splash back when washing hands.
Grand Rapids Township Park Standing See Saw

FAQ’s

Is this park good for toddlers?

Grand Rapids Township Park Tot Lot Small Structure

Yes, there are smaller play structures for toddlers and preschoolers in the Tot Lot area to the left. If your child is older the wood chips do provide a clearly marked boundary, but you may still want to keep an eye on those who tend to wander.

How are the bathrooms?

Open from May 1 – October 31. Indoor facilities with running water and cleaned regularly. Adjacent to the playground area but to the far right.

Are there picnic tables and grills?

Many picnic tables to choose from. Single grill in the picnic pavilion.

Is there any shade?

There are trees around the area, so you can grab a bench or table in the shade, but most of the play structures are in full sun, so sun protection is warranted.

Can I fly a kite here?

Yes; there is enough open space on and around the easternmost baseball diamond (as long as the diamond is not in use).

Is there an admission fee?

There is no admission fee to visit Grand Rapids Township Park.

When is this park open?

The park is open daily, 6:00 AM – sundown, between May 1 – October 31.

What is parking like?

Paved parking is available close to the playground area, as well as additional parking by the township building off of the East Beltine.

Grand Rapids Township Park Tot Lot 1

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Grand Rapids Township Park DIgging Area
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