Amazing Parks and Playgrounds in Greater Grand Rapids
No matter where you live in West Michigan, chances are there’s an amazing park or playground nearby. And we don’t just mean a set of swings and a slide (though these two things alone can entertain kids for hours on end). Playgrounds around greater Grand Rapids have tons of open space for running, various athletic fields, bike paths, picnicking and more.
West Michigan’s Favorite Parks and Playgrounds
Earlier this year, parents voted on their favorite places to play and live life in greater Grand Rapids in our first ever GRANDTASTIC AWARDS. We’re not ready to release the full set of results just yet, but we do have the list of the best Grand Rapids Parks and Playgrounds ready to go. Curious??
Read on to see which parks are Grandtastic – and leave us a comment about your favorites below.
Top Greater Grand Rapids Parks and Playgrounds by Location
Ada Township Park (Grand River Dr. & Buttrick Ave) This 57 acre park is a family favorite because of its playground for little toddlers and big kids! The park also has a fun fishing pond (restricted to those under 12, senior citizens or physically challenged individuals). Softball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and paved and unpaved trails. There are plenty of grills and picnic tables in the two gazebos and pavilion to make it a great picnic spot.
Leonard Park (7490 Thornapple River Dr.) This is a small riverside park that is home to Ada’s covered bridge. The park is great for a picnic on a blanket, is within walking distance of the quaint town of Ada, and is connected to a bike path. Remember this park in the winter when they flood the softball field to make an ice rink!
Roselle Park (1010 Grand River Dr.) Natural open area with paved and unpaved trails along the Grand River, wide paths for biking, silos with an outdoor rock climbing wall and indoor stairs to an observation area. There are 240 acres of land along the Grand River here, and this nature preserve has a wonderful paved trail that is perfect for strollers, jogging, and yes, little kids on bikes.
Allendale Community Park (6676 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale MI 49401) Picnic tables & shelter, restrooms, concessions, playground, ball field, basketball court, tennis court, horseshoes, shuffleboard, nature areas and trails.
Whistle Stop Park (2120 76th Street Byron Center, MI 49315) Baseball & softball fields, play equipment, 2.5 acre catch and release fishing pond, walking trail, soccer fields, football fields, pavilion and picnic area, and volleyball court.
Cascade Township Park (3810 Thornapple River Drive SE) Playgrounds, picnic pavilion, bathrooms, drinking fountain, two baseball/softball diamonds, multi-purpose field for soccer/football, one-mile pedestrian path, horseshoe pits, a sand volleyball court, tennis courts, 18-hole Frisbee golf course. Located right off of 1-96. *Park under construction til July 2016.
Leslie E. Tassell Park (2900 Thornapple River Dr Grand Rapids, MI 49546) Interactive fountain for children to play in, sculptures, fire pit, shelters, public restroom, picnic tables and benches. Located along Thornapple River and near the Cascade dam.
Wahlfield Park (6811 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321) Picnic tables, bathrooms, playground, trail through the woods. Groomed trails for walking or cross country skiing, along with a large picnic shelter, a large playground and rest rooms. 246 acres.
Dutton Shadyside (7343 Hammond Ave, Dutton, MI 49316) Large, grassy park with tall shady maple trees. A creek winds through the park with a small bridge. Ball diamond, playgrounds, open shelter available for reservations.
EAST GRAND RAPIDS
Manhattan Recreation Area (3180 Cascade Rd) This 40 acre park is a great place to come and play for the day! Besides an awesome playground this park has charcoal grills, a pavilion for rent, 12 picnic tables, nature trails, four sand volleyball courts, four softball diamonds, two tennis courts, soccer fields, and a public restroom with drinking fountain.
Waterfront Park & Reeds Lake Trails (2205 Reeds Lake Blvd East Grand Rapids, MI 49506) Just because there isn’t a playground doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun! This park is located on the waterfront of Reeds Lake and includes board walks, docks, and benches. It’s the perfect place to sit and relax… after, you’ve walked or rode your bike on the Reeds Lake Trail! The trail is a 4.2 mile loop that scrolls around Reeds Lake through wooded areas, wetlands, and residential areas with several opportunities to stop and catch your breath on benches.
Blandford Nature Center (1715 Hillburn Avenue NW) Families love the variety of nature areas with hiking trails and the chance to scout out wildlife at this 143 acre nature center. Indoors, families enjoy exhibits and the popular wildlife care program.
Grand Rapids Township Park (1836 E Beltline Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525) This 58 acre park is tucked behind the Township Hall Complex and has an excellent handicap accessible playground! It also includes three ball fields, soccer field, sand volley ball, three tennis courts, basketball hoops, and nature trails that can be used for cross-country skiing in the winter.
Frederik Meijer Gardens (1000 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525) Sculpture park and gardens, featuring outdoor children’s garden with treehouse, sand and water play, maze and more. Walking paths. Japanese Garden. Entrance fee.
Huff Park (2399 Ball Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505) This unique park includes a small playground and 3 ball fields… not so unique, think again! While the park is located in a city neighborhood, it makes you feel like you’re stepping into the country with its 30 acre wetland boardwalk trail! It’s the perfect place to take a stroll and spot a variety of wildlife living right in the city!
Kroc Center (2500 S Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49504) 20-acre campus. Amphitheater, basketball courts, skating rink, sledding hill, playground, community gardens, fishing pond, softball and soccer fields, and walking paths.
Martin Luther King Park (900 Fuller Ave SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506) Park includes: Swimming Pool, Ball Diamond, Outdoor Fitness Course, Tennis Courts, Basketball Court, Playground, Picnic Tables
Riverside Park (2001 Monroe Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505) This long park has bike and walking paths along the river, lagoons for fishing and nature study, boat launching ramps, ball diamonds, disc golf courses, a couple of playgrounds and is host to many community festivals and events.
Versluis Park (3650 Versluis Park Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525) Versluis Park includes playground areas, picnic facilities, horseshoes & volleyball, a swimming beach with a fishing pier, boating, and one mile of paved trail for casual walking. Entrance fee required. Read rules on their website before visiting – there are quite a few.
Heritage Park (4280 Canal Ave. SW Grandville, Michigan 49418) Playground equipment, pathways and footbridges, as well as a soccer field, sand volleyball court, basketball court and old school house are found at this park.
Danish Kingdom Playground (900 E Kent Rd, Greenville, Michigan 48838) 14,000-square foot wooden play structure. Roped bridge, crawl spaces and tubes, swinging rope, swinging balance beam, slides, zip line. tire swing and more.
Tunnel Park (66 Lakeshore Drive, Holland, MI 49424) Lake Michigan beach great for swimming. Includes “famous” tunnel through a dune. Park includes a playground, dune climb and a dune stairway with views of Lake Michigan. Picnic areas, sand volleyball courts, restrooms, and seasonal concession & vending machines. Entrance fee required.
Hagar Park (Bauer Rd. & 28th Ave.) This 104 acre family park is full of beautiful trails and picnic areas. Be sure to check out the parks Age of Discovery community-built playground which overlooks a terrain map of the United States.
Fallasburg Park (1124 Fallasburg Rd. Lowell, MI 49331) This 56 acre park is perfect for playing and picnicking. The park is home to a rugged stream and one of the area’s oldest covered bridges. Fallsburg park goes beyond just offering beautiful scenery and also includes: baseball diamonds, fishing, hiking, nature trails, an open shelter house, picnicking, playgrounds, an enclosed shelter house, and restrooms.
Pickerel Lake Park (6001 Ramsdell Road NE Cannonsburg, MI 49317) Pickerel Lake Park is a great place for a family to take a nature walk! The park is very picturesque and gives you a close look at the lake and surrounding area from its boardwalk and trails. Pickerel Lake Park activities and facilities include; cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking/walking, and restrooms.
Townsend Park (8280 6 Mile Road) Townsend Park is a popular park with beautiful footpath bridges and a pretty stream that winds through it. Townsend Park activities and facilities include: baseball diamonds, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking/walking, nature trails, an open shelter house, a playground, an enclosed shelter house, and restrooms.
Johnson Park (2600 Wilson Ave SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49534) Huge park includes disc golf course, historic shelter, hiking trail through the woods, playgrounds and winter sledding hill. Fishing in Grand River. Boat access.
Millennium Park (1415 Maynard Ave. SW) Beach, concession stand, beach house with bathrooms and changing rooms, splash pad, 20 miles of trails, playground, picnic areas, and fishing ponds. Check website for fees and hours.
Frog Hollow (2050 Metro Court Wyoming, MI 49519) This park, created by Boundless Playgrounds, includes a beautiful playground where all children, with and without disabilities, can learn together through play.
Palmer Park (1275 52nd Street SW Wyoming, MI 49509) Follows Buck Creek and connects to Lamar Park. Includes baseball diamonds, biking, fishing, 18-hole golf course, picnicking, hiking/walking, a playground, an open shelter house, and restrooms.
Lamar Park (2561 Porter St SW) Splash pad, three picnic sections, restrooms, grills, playgrounds, walking trails, fishing, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts, climbing wall, grills, soccer fields, softball fields.Pinery Park (2301 DeHoop Ave, Wyoming, MI 49509) Park includes a lodge, softball/little league fields, picnic areas, tennis courts, basketball courts, playground and 1 mile fitness trail.
Huizinga Park (350 Royal Park Drive Zeeland, MI 49464) This park has restrooms, basketball courts, a beach volleyball court and a ball field. It also has a large outdoor skate park as well as a large wooden play area known as Timbertown. There is a small pond for fishing – swimming and boating are not allowed