Eighth Avenue Park in Jenison, MI

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Local Playgrounds & Kids Play Parks

It’s likely you’re putting “Head to a Kids Park or Playground Near Me” on your bucket list of things to do with kids in Grand Rapids this summer!

There are hundreds of parks in the West Michigan area, though, so it can be difficult to find the best playgrounds or walking trails.

This list of some of the coolest playgrounds in greater Grand Rapids will help you find a great kids park near you!

Grand Rapids – Bursting with Playgrounds & Kids Parks 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 Playground Guide to help you find your family’s next favorite kids park with a 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 & Playgrounds

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Park Managed by Georgetown Township

Eighth Avenue Park and Playground

7050 8th Avenue, Jenison MI 49428
Open: Open all year, from 8 AM to 10 PM
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas
Eighth Avenue Park is an awesome destination for a park day.

Kids will love playing on the cool playground and then splashing around in the lake.

A one-mile walk on the paved path around the lake and the large dock jutting out into the lake rounds out a perfect day here.

The Playground at Eighth Avenue Park
Rubber surfaced, with a large play structure, a twisty slide, swings, a toddler-sized structure - with benches on the perimeter.


Facilities at Eighth Avenue Park
Pavilion has lots of picnic tables; restrooms available.

List of Park Features & Amenities
  • Basketball Court
  • Baby Swings
  • Beach
  • Good for Rollerblading
  • Grills
  • Lake or River
  • Parking Fee
  • Paved Walking Path
  • Pavilion
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Swings
  • Toddler Playground

Map of Grand Rapids Parks and Trails

Find your next outdoor adventure near you with this map of the best hiking trails, playgrounds, and parks in West Michigan.

Legacy Park is the latest kids park and playground to hit Ada.
Legacy Park in downtown Ada

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36 thoughts on “Eighth Avenue Park in Jenison, 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?

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      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.

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      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. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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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