Ada Township Park in Ada, MI

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Amazing parks are everywhere in West Michigan. We’ve tracked down the best Grand Rapids playgrounds.

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Park managed by Ada Township

About Ada Township Park

Ada Township Park is a popular family park home to a fishing pond; basketball, pickleball and tennis courts; soccer and softball fields; and tons of opportunities for exploring.

This large park has a playground, pavilion, and gazebo with grills, picnic tables and paved and natural trails for walking or biking.

Trail Difficulty: Easy

The Playground at Ada Township Park

Playground has a wood chip surface, several play structures for every age, and is located near the pavilion and restrooms.

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The Walking Path at Ada Township Park

Ada Township Park has both paved walking paths and natural hiking trails. The paved trails are open for biking.

The trails are short and connect to the fishing lagoon. You can walk, on paved trails, around the lagoon, crossing three small wooden bridges as you go. This is a favorite spot for kids to look for fish in the lagoon.

The trails through the woods are short and flat, with a natural surface. It's an easy hike to add on to an afternoon at the playground.

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Something Unique About This Destination

Ada Township Park boasts the Bud Locke Arboretum with 200+ trees, many from around the world.

It also is home to the Les Craig Learning Center, which hosts tours and nature programs for schools, other groups and the public.

Ada Township Park Features

  • Accessible
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Baseball
  • Basketball Court
  • Dog Friendly
  • Fishing Pond
  • Free Admission
  • Good for Rollerblading
  • Grills
  • Hiking Trails
  • Lake or River
  • Paved Walking Path
  • Paved Bike Path
  • Pavilion
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Shaded
  • Soccer Fields
  • Tennis Courts

Facilities: Ada Township Park has a pavilion with water, electric, a large grill and accessible restrooms.

A picnic area is near the pavilion and has tables and grills on a first-come first-serve basis. The park also has a triple gazebo which offers electricity and a grill.

Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Time of Year? Open all year.

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36 thoughts on “Ada Township Park in Ada, MI”

  1. Hi, Can you tell me why the many beautiful city parks, playgrounds, and Nature Center in Hudsonville were left out of this article?

    1. We’re currently rebuilding this article and they will be added as soon as we can get them. We’re implementing a new searchable database and info population takes time. Please check back and hopefully you will see lovely the Hudsonville Parks included.

  2. Sebastiaan Johnson

    hello, i was wondering which of these playgrounds have a calisthenics park or set with them. If so would that be a possible project for the future. I have a cousin coming for a few weeks and I’m trying to find one of these calisthenics sets or parks for him.

    1. Sebastian, if I am understanding your question, MLK Park in Grand Rapids has a calisthenics set, with sit up bars, a climbing rope, etc.

  3. Just went to Danish kingdom park in Greenville and was not impressed at all. Has not been kept up very well. The description on this site makes it sound like a great park but honestly it’s a little ran down.

  4. Cherry Park is amazing! Small splash pad, restroom, and a stone’s throw from The Parlor ice cream shop, which is open late afternoon and does a generous kiddie-sized scoop. Highland Park and Fuller Park also have great splash pads and restrooms.

  5. Richardson.Sowerby park should be on the list for Rockford. It’s right off the White Pine Trail near the Rogue River. There’s also some covered picnic areas, bathroom facilities, and it’s so close to all the fun in downtown Rockford. Also missing from the list is Morley Park in Cedar Springs!

  6. There is a small park in Rockford called Glen Park. We really like it because on those hot summer days this park is mostly in the shade and the equipment doesn’t get hot enough to burn.

  7. [email protected] France

    What Grand Rapids park for children is closest to John Ball Zoo that has grills to cook on? ThankING you in advance

  8. Rosewood Park has now added a splash pad and a toddler playground as well as new bathrooms, repaved parking lot and lights to their park. Quite nice and getting popular.

  9. Kristen Beadenkopf

    We live in Jenison and our favorite is 8th Ave Community Park. It has a nice playground, 1mile paved trail around lake and a clean beach for swimming. Basketball courts and bathrooms with a covered pavilion with a ton of picnic tables.
    Also, Rosewood Park in Jenison is under construction now and they are adding a larger playground, splash pad and bathrooms. It’s already a soccer field/sledding hills with a small play area. It’s at 18th and Rosewood Ave.

  10. I like Myers lake park in Rockford has 2 size play structures swings a bathroom and changing area and beach, charcoal grills lots of shady areas lots of parking spots lots of picnic tables a covered pavilion grassy areas big waters nice

  11. We love Maplewood Park in Jenison. It has a cool waterpark on one side and a playground on the other side.

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