How to Rent a Vintage Local Lodge for Your Next Party


Have you ever been to a party at a local lodge?

It’s fantastic! Not only are you getting a party at the park, where kids can run their hearts out, but you’ve got the added relief of knowing that even if the weather turns (this is Michigan, after all), you’ll still offer great atmosphere for guests.

I mean, do you see the pic above? This is the lodge at Douglas Walker Park in Byron Center. This historic building is a far cry from a cluster of open air picnic tables with a little roof overhead. And…it’s even heated.

The area surrounding it isn’t bad, either.

Douglas Walker Park in Byron Center
Douglas Walker Park in Byron Center

There are numerous park lodges found in Kent and Ottawa counties and they all seem to exude the same vintage charm. If you’re looking to offer your guests a memorable experience, book a local lodge for your next child’s birthday party.

Enclosed Park Lodges to Rent

Kent County

Kent County offers the following enclosed lodges, which you can reserve online. Rates range from $295 – $325 during the summer and early fall. Douglas Walker Shelterhouse is heated Nov 1 – Dec 31. Rates for this heated shelter range from $300 – $575.

City of Grand Rapids Indoor Park Facilities

You can reserve any of these pavilions online (you will need an account) or at the parks office during regular business hours. Grand Rapids Parks Department is located at 1700 Butterworth Dr SW, Grand Rapids, 49534. You may also reserve over the phone: 616-632-PARK.

  • Richmond Park Pavillion
  • Wilcox Park Pavillion
  • Lincoln Park Pavillion
Ottawa County

Ottawa County also accepts online reservations and has the most affordable rates ($60 for  county residents, $90 for non-residents).

  • book early for best selection
  • most lodges aren’t heated- check before you plan your event
  • be prepared to transport all of your own party supplies and plan accordingly
  • consider the size of your guest list and how close parking will be to the venue
  • you are only reserving the enclosed shelter; there will be other park-goers on the grounds

Looking for other places to have a birthday party? Check out our birthday party page!

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