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A Bit about Helder Park

With shady picnic tables, fun play equipment, and clean, modern restrooms–Helder Park in Zeeland is the perfect spot for your next play date!

Helder Park has a main play area that features two playgrounds to address different age groups of children. There is a smaller playground for kids ages 2-5 and another with play equipment better suited for kids ages 5 and up. You can easily see both playgrounds at the same time so it’s great for families with children of any age!

So Much More Than “Just” Another Playground

In addition to great playgrounds, they also have a dog park and loads of paved trails. Bring your dog along for a scenic walk and a little playtime with some new four-legged friends.

If sports activities are more your thing, Helder Park has you covered there, too. They have basketball courts, softball fields, beach volleyball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields, and little league fields! Bring your ball, bat, glove, or racket and spend the day with your family at Helder Park.

Tips for Your Trip from other Parents

  • Apply sunscreen before you leave your house. The playground is in full sun!
  • There are two entrances to this park, the playgrounds are by the entrance off of 104th. However, if you’re hoping to get in a little walk or run for yourself first, park by the other entrance and make you way over to the playground on the paved trails!
  • Bugs were not an issue.
  • The picnic tables are shaded and it’s a great spot to have a picnic lunch with your family.
  • The park can be very busy during baseball season (weekday evenings and Saturday mornings).


Yes! There is a playground specifically for children ages 2-5 years old. It’s lower to the ground and has more age appropriate activities.

Helder Park has just about any amenity you would wish for in a park!

  • Dog park
  • Tennis courts
  • Basketball courts
  • Little League and Softball fields
  • Soccer fields
  • Beach Volleyball courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Paved trails

Clean, modern restrooms are located by the larger playground. There is a baby changing station in the women’s restroom as well.

There are several groups of picnic tables situated in the shade. No grills that I saw.

The playground is in full sun, but there are several covered areas with picnic tables to cool off under. Also some shade along the trails through the park.

If the sports fields are not in use, there would be ample space to fly a kite.

No admission fee for Helder Park.

Helder Park is open dawn to dusk all year long.

There is sufficient parking near the playground.

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