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
If you’re looking for a “kids park with playground near me,” start here.
Scroll through the list below or use the SEARCH fields to filter the list according to location or park features.
Park managed by Kent County Parks
About Creekside Park
Creekside Park offers everything you need for a day of fun and leisurely strolls.
With plenty of playground space and lots of trail options, kids and adults will love this park. The bridge over the creek is also beautiful - this park is a great escape from busy city life!
Trail Difficulty: Easy
The Playground at Creekside Park
Creekside Park has two separate playgrounds, connected by a paved trail with a bridge in the middle, offering a scenic view of the creek running through the park.
Each playground offers huge climbing structures with slides, rock walls, ladders and more. Both playgrounds are topped with woodchips.
The Walking Path at Creekside Park
At the north end of the park, a 0.4 mile paved trail connects the park to the Fred Meijer M-6 Trail.
At the south end of the park, another short 1/3 mile long paved trail loops around the playground, shelter and picnic area.
The third trail connects the two sections of the park and features a scenic bridge in the middle over the creek.
Hiking Trail Details
A grassy unpaved hiking trail breaks off from the paved trails at the north end of the park, making a half loop around the playground and restrooms.
Creekside Park Features
- Dog Friendly
- Free Admission
- Good for Rollerblading
- Hiking Trails
- Horseshoe Pit
- Paved Walking Path
- Paved Bike Path
- Picnic Tables
Facilities: Both an open shelter and a picnic area are available.
There are two restrooms - one by the ball diamonds and first playground, and the other by the picnic shelter and second playground.
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas
Time of Year? Open May 1 - October 31; Open 7 AM to sunset
Map of Grand Rapids Parks and Trails
Find your next outdoor adventure near you with our map of the best hiking trails, playgrounds and parks in West Michigan.