A Bit about Cascade Township Park

Cascade Park is easy to get to, located just off of I-96 at Exit 44 (36th St exit).

What you’ll find is a large park with a lot of open space. Trees line the perimeter, but the majority of the park is sunny. Recent park improvements have seen the addition of basketball courts, a fenced in dog area and revamped accessible playground.

Cascade Township Park


Tips for Your Trip from other Parents

  • It’s a fun park if you have a child that likes airplanes. It’s close to the airport and planes are flying low.
  • If you’re bringing bikes or scooters, the flattest part of the 1-mile paved loop is by the sand volleyball court. Most of the loop involves hills, though, so not the best for beginning riders.
  • The playground is too far from the parking lot for you to stay in your car and watch the kids from a distance. Park benches are provided near the play equipment.
  • Bring your lunch bags and necessities with you to the playground so you don’t have to go back to the car to retrieve.
  • There are some great walking/running/biking trails through the woods, but be prepared for mosquitoes.
  • This is a popular disc golf course…give it a try, it’s fun! But also keep an eye out for errant frisbees!
  • There is minimal shade on the playground so protect your kid’s skin accordingly.

Cascade Township Park Playground




This is a nice park for toddlers. While there is not a fenced in area, you will find that some of the play equipment is low to the ground and has toys that toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy. The sandbox and small picnic table are nice touches for the younger set. Also, the play area has a rubber surface and the swings are designed in a way that parent and child can easily swing together.

Cascade Park Grand Rapids

Cascade Township Park has a lot to offer.

The main draw for families is the playground. New in 2016, it has a rubber surface, a net climbing structure, saucer swing and other not-so-common toys for kids to play on. There’s small sandbox (you might want to bring your own sand toys) and the full restrooms are not too far away from the play area.

Add to that a great basketball court, 18 holes of disc golf, tennis courts, a 1-mile paved walking/biking trail (does have some hills), sledding hill, soccer fields, baseball fields and dog park and you have quite a few options.

Cascade Township Park Basketball Courts

Good news for anyone visiting Cascade Park with little ones in tow! The restrooms have baby changing facilities, flush toilets, and are heated. That means that the restrooms are open year round.

Additionally, the restrooms are near the playground area- another bonus if you are in the throws of potty training.

There is a small picnic pavilion next to the playground area. It’s equipped with an adult-sized picnic table and a child-sized picnic table.

Cascade Park Pavilion

There’s another picnic pavilion near the dog park, and that one has an outdoor grill.

Additionally, there are picnic tables scattered in grassy areas throughout the park. Large groups can rent the big picnic pavilion by making a reservation.

Cascade Township Park is largely open fields, with trees around the perimeter. The playground is in full sun, so come prepared with sunblock. On hot summer days, it is best to visit the park early or late in the day.
This park is great for kite-flying. The large open spaces make it ideal for this activity.
No admission fee at Cascade Township Park.
Cascade Township Park is open year round, from dawn to dusk daily.
Cascade Township Park is very large and has multiple parking lots with plenty of spaces.

How to Get to Cascade Township Park

Cascade Township Park

2865 Thornhills Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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