Hager Park: Nature Trails, Playground Make for Perfect Outdoor Destination

Hager Park Jenison

About Hager Park

Hager Park
8212 – 28th Ave Jenison, MI 49428

Hager Park is THE park to visit if you live near Jenison!

Hager Park at a Glance

  • Acres of beautiful hiking trails
  • Open fields
  • Grills and extensive picnic tables
  • Rentable enclosed shelters (some are fully temperature-controlled)

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This very popular 104-acre park offers hours of play and fun for anyone who wants to be outdoors. Kids can fly kites or walk the extensive nature trails. And there are probably enough cool, shaded picnic tables throughout the park to seat you and everyone you know!

But it’s the Age of Discovery Playground that has kids flocking to Hager Park. It’s HUGE and has endless opportunities for adventurous play.

Hager Park kids moving platform Hunt

Tips for Visiting Hager Park

  • Much of the main play area is in full sun, including the shiny hot metal slides. Warn kids about the slides if you go on a sunny day.
  • Put kids in shoes and socks to prevent them getting splinters from the wood chips mixed in with the sand.
  • Parents love that there is a lot of space for kids to play.
  • However, since it is so vast and made of wood, it’s difficult to keep track of your kids as there is no straight line of vision.
  • It’s a really fun place to picnic, with loads of shaded picnic tables.
  • The mature hardwood forest is said to have spectacular spring wildflowers in April and May.
  • There is a second playground in the woods, if you keep driving past the main play structure and follow the road as it curves to the right.
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Hager Park FAQ’s

Is this park good for toddlers?

Hager Park Hunt toddler hiding place

Hager Park is a delight for toddlers, but could be nerve-wracking for parents and caregivers of toddlers. The wooden play structure is huge and offers almost zero line of sight, which makes it very hard to see the kids as they disappear behind a wooden wall or into a secret hiding space.

There are lots of secret hiding spaces underneath the steps and platforms of the play structure that toddlers and preschoolers LOVE.

How are the bathrooms?

There are enclosed bathrooms by the pavilion to the left of the Age of Discovery playground.

Are there picnic tables and grills?

Hager Park is a great place to picnic. I drove around the grounds to get a feel for the place and it seemed like there were hundreds of picnic tables, all told! They also have reserveable rooms and a picnic shelter.

Is there any shade?

Hager Park Hunt shaded red playground

Sunscreen is still recommended, but know that there are lots of spots where you can escape the sun if you wanted. The “hidden playground” is almost completely shaded.

There is also lots of welcoming shade just outside of the fenced-in playground, and the rest of the park is full of lush, green, shade trees.

Can I fly a kite here?

Hager Park Hunt open spaces

Oh yeah! Hager Park is large and has open space for kite flying pursuits.

Is there an admission fee?

No admission fee for Hager Park.

When is this park open?

Hager Park Mary Ward 5

Hager Park is open year round, but closes a little earlier during winter months:
April 1 through October 15:  7 AM to 10 PM
October 16 through March 31:  7 AM to 8 PM

What is parking like?

There is ample parking at this popular destination.

Hager Park Playground

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1 thought on “Hager Park: Nature Trails, Playground Make for Perfect Outdoor Destination”

  1. Another interesting feature this park has is a grass map of the United States, just north of the main play structure.
    If you search for “Hagar Park map”, some photos of it will come up.

    Hagar Park is my kids’ favorite park. We are lucky we live very close.

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