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 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.
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.
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
- Adaptive Equipment
- Basketball Court
- Dog Friendly
- Fishing Pond
- Free Admission
- Good for Rollerblading
- Hiking Trails
- Lake or River
- Paved Walking Path
- Paved Bike Path
- Picnic Tables
- 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.
Map of Grand Rapids Parks and Trails
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