Riverside Park Has the Prettiest Walk in GR (+ an Accessible Kayak Launch, 2 Playgrounds & More)

Riverside Park is Getting a Bunch of Improvements

Riverside Park, among over 50 walking trails and over 85 playgrounds in West Michigan, is perfect for soaking in some scenic views of the Grand River.

But there is also something for everyone at this 100+ acre park in the Creston neighborhood.

This park got lots of nice upgrades in 2022 as well, including the city’s first accessible kayak launch, a new solar powered picnic shelter and renovated restroom building.

From disc golf, fishing, and kayak and boat launches, to playgrounds, pavilions with grills, athletic fields and a paved, multi-use walking and biking trail, Riverside Park checks all the boxes.

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Riverside Park is a great place to spend the afternoon.

And for those who just want to relax and take a breath, or maybe hop on a zoom call under the trees, there is free WiFi!

Park Amenities

  • alongside Grand River
  • paved trails
  • playgrounds
  • modern restrooms
  • boat launch
  • grills
  • sports
  • dogs on leash
  • fishing
  • accessible kayak launch
  • free wi-fi

Play Disc Golf, Baseball or Picnic at Riverside Park

This huge park has several main features: disc golf, playgrounds, picnic areas, and fishing.

Leashed dogs are welcome here, but Riverside is not a dedicated dog park.

There are two playgrounds at Riverside Park, both with mulch ground covering. Find the red and blue playground on the north end of the park.

Playground at north end of Riverside Park in Grand Rapids.

The blue and yellow playground is found in the central area of the park, on the west side of the lagoon.

New restrooms were finished near this playground in 2022.

This playground is also near the covered picnic area. It was updated in 2022 and now includes solar panels.

Riverside Park’s Accessible Trails Wind Through Gorgeous Mature Shade Trees

The paved path follows the Grand River and includes a picturesque iron bridge.

Mature shade trees soar overhead in many spots, making the walk enjoyable even on the hottest days.

There are plenty of opportunities to see all kinds of wildlife – maybe even an eagle or a friendly squirrel.

It’s a 3.7 mile out-and-back paved trail, open year round. Since it’s paved, it’s very accessible.

There are many grassy places to stop and fish, put up a hammock or read a book.

Riverside Park is prone to flooding so plan accordingly after a heavy rain.

Riverside Park northwest trail map

Riverside Park is a Popular Kayaking Spot

Riverside Park runs along the Grand River and also surrounds a large lagoon.

All this water makes the park a perfect spot for kayaking, tubing and fishing. Kids also enjoy looking for frogs, turtles and other water creatures here.

Find a beautiful new accessible kayak launch at the lagoon. You can get to it via the Guild Street entrance. (Take a quick right as soon as you pull into the park on Guild Street and park in that first lot you see.)

The lagoon has an outlet into the Grand River, so you can access both waterways via this launch.

The boat launch into the Grand River is also off the Guild Street entrance and offers nice views of downtown.

There is a resident bald eagle at Riverside Park and lots of other birds, and sometimes you can even catch a glimpse of them on your water adventure.


Are dogs allowed at Riverside Park?

Yes, on a 6 ft leash.

How long is the hiking trail at Riverside Park?

There is 3.7 mile out and back walking trail around the Grand River.

What is the difficulty level of the hiking trail?

This is an easy, paved trail perfect for biking.

Is Riverside Park accessible?

Yes, most of Riverside Park is stroller friendly.

What time of year is Riverside Park open?

Riverside Park is open year round.

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