Grand Rapids is Bursting with Parks & Playgrounds for Kids to Explore
Exploring new parks is a great way to get out and discover different parts of West Michigan without spending a lot of money.
Getting outside and enjoying the fresh air is more popular than ever these days, so that’s why we’ve revamped the West Michigan Playgrounds Guide to help you find your family’s next favorite kids park with playground.
Amazing parks are everywhere in West Michigan. We’ve tracked down the best Grand Rapids playgrounds.
Some of the best playgrounds in Grand Rapids are tucked away in the corners of neighborhoods, others are in urban settings near downtown, and there are lakeshore parks on this list, too.
Directory of Kids Parks With Playgrounds
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Park managed by Lowell Charter Township
About Grand River Riverfront Township Park (North and South)
Lowell's Grand Riverfront Park consists of two sections, North and South, that are joined by a splendid new walking bridge over the Grand River.
The 80-acre Grand River Riverfront Park includes two islands.
The south portion of the park has a canoe launch, two softball fields, a lacrosse field, 8 soccer fields, and a playground with equipment designed for ages 4 to 12. There's also a mile-long paved nature/walking path, a scenic overlook and fishing pier on the Grand River, one large picnic shelter with restroom facilities and one smaller one without. The park is open to the public every day from 8 AM to dusk, except for days that snow or water make driving in the park unsafe. Restrooms are closed from late October until late March.
The North side of the park is easily accessed at the corner of Bowes Road and Fulton Street in Lowell Charter Township. This side of the park has a small playground, gaga ball pit, pickle ball courts, and an ice cream shop (in season)
Trail Difficulty: Easy
The Playground at Grand River Riverfront Township Park (North and South)
South Grand River Riverfront Park: The playground here has a woodchip surface and is surrounded by large open fields.
North Grand River Riverfront Park: The playground at the North side of this park includes a gaga ball pit, a small playset, and pickleball courts.
The Walking Path at Grand River Riverfront Township Park (North and South)
The paved walking paths here are smooth and stroller-friendly. The path is one-mile long on the South Park side and offers views of the Grand River. This would be a great place for kids learning to bike ride to practice.
The walk over the bridge is very nice and pets on a leash are welcome. You can easily walk from the South Park to the North Park to get ice cream in the summer when the concessions are open.
Something Unique About This Destination
The Lowell Crew team practices at this park. The boat launch is on the south side.
Grand River Riverfront Township Park (North and South) Features
- Free Admission
- Lake or River
- Paved Walking Path
- Pickleball Courts
- Picnic Tables
- River Access for Boat Launch
- Sand Volleyball
- Walk to Ice Cream
Facilities: Restrooms are open April - mid-October
The Yeiter Learning Cabin is used by the Lowell Historical Museum to teach about the history of fur trading in Lowell. It is also available to rent out for meeting space.
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas
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