Welcome to our Parents, Parks and Coffee series where we highlight destination parks all over West Michigan, and help you find coffee to fuel your next adventure. Many thanks to BIGGBY for partnering with us on this smile-making project.

A Bit about Manhattan Park

Manhattan Park is a popular hangout for families around East Grand Rapids. Many youth soccer and baseball games happen at Manhattan, as well as sand volleyball matches, playground fun and picnics. Their trails hook up with Reeds Lake Trail system and in the winter you can fly down the super big sledding hill! .

I enjoy bringing my kids here because it truly feels like a community park. There always seems to be someone playing catch on the baseball fields, a game or two of volleyball going on, someone grilling, and kids climbing all over the playground equipment while others whizz by on bikes or scooters.

There are two entrances to Manhattan Park, the main one off of Manhattan (430 Manhattan Rd) and the other off of Cascade (southwest corner of Cascade and East Beltline intersection). The playground, pavilion and sand volleyball courts are near the Manhattan entrance. Bathrooms and playing fields are closer to the Cascade entrance. 

Tips for Your Trip from other Parents

  • The bathroom is a bit of a walk from the playground (nearer the sports fields) – have littles take a potty break before playing.
  • The pavilion is nice for picnics or group gatherings, but reserve it if you want to use it for a group.
  • The Manhattan Rd entrance is the one nearest the playground and pavilion. The Cascade entrance is nearer the bathrooms and playing fields.
  • Bring out your sand toys for the volleyball courts (if no one is playing a game). My kids loved “digging for treasure” with their shovels.
  • Winter Tip: the sledding hill is very cool! (The sledding hill is south of the playground, through a path in the woods, pictured below.)

Manhattan Park Features at a Glance

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There are swings for babies and toddlers, and one of the play structures is suited for toddlers. There are also four sand volleyball courts that can serve as a giant sandbox if there isn’t a game going on. They may also enjoy the large open areas where they can run freely.

Manhattan Park is big on recreation.  In this 43 acre park you’ll find four sand volleyball courts, four softball diamonds, a soccer field, two tennis courts and nature trails. There is sledding in the winter and trails year round.

The park also offers a picnic shelter with grills and tables, playground, and indoor bathroom.

Indoor bathrooms are located near the sports fields. Usually open mid-April to end of October, dawn to dusk. Times can vary but you could count on them being open 8 AM – 7 PM.

The pavilion has 12 picnic tables and two charcoal grills. There is also open space for picnicking if you wish.

There are trees dotting the landscape, but the playground is in full sun, so come prepared with sunblock. The trails are wooded.

Yes! Manhattan has a lot of open area for sports fields so if there aren’t games in play, you will have plenty of room to fly a kite.

No admission for Manhattan Park.

Manhattan Park is open year round.

There are two parking lots available. Even when I came on a busy soccer and lacrosse day, I could find parking in the lot off Manhattan. (The Cascade lot was a zoo that day though!)

Grab Your Coffee and Head to the Park

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The BIGGBY closest to Manhattan Park is located at 4750 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

Have Tips or Questions about Manhattan Park?

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