Best Grand Rapids Area Playgrounds Listed by Amenity and/or Location
Kids love parks. And as a parent, I do too. My kids get to be outside, explore, and be active. And all of this entertainment is usually FREE. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Amazing parks are everywhere in West Michigan. You’ll find some tucked away in the corners of neighborhoods, others are in urban settings near downtown, and there is even a lakeshore park on our list with awesome views of Lake Michigan!
Is your family’s favorite on our list?
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 GRANDTASTIC AWARDS. Parents told us which parks they love to visit with their families and the winners of these GRANDTASTIC AWARDS are noted with our Grandtastic logo- look for this item in the list to find them easily:
Read on to see which parks are Grandtastic – and leave us a comment about your favorites below.
Top Grand Rapids Playgrounds Grouped by Amenity
If you’re seeking a particular park perk, this is the list for you! We will continue to add parks to these lists, so check back regularly for updates!
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. NE) 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. Silos with an outdoor rock climbing wall are sure to be a hit with little climbing enthusiasts.
Allendale Community Park (6676 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale MI 49401) This park offers 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) This 59 acre park is filled with 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 courts.
Cascade Township Park (3810 Thornapple River Drive SE) Located about 1 mile south of 28th street, this park provides a newly updated playground, 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, and 18-hole Frisbee golf course. Located right off of 1-96.
Leslie E. Tassell Park (2900 Thornapple River Dr Grand Rapids, MI 49546) Located on the Thornapple River, this park features an interactive fountain for children to play in, sculptures, fire pit, shelters, public restroom, picnic tables and benches.
Lakeside Park (370 N Lake St SE, Caledonia, MI 49316) Located on Emmons Lake, there is a picnic shelter, an enclosed shelter, playgrounds and two ball diamonds. Connects to the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail.
Wahlfield Park (6811 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321) A trailhead for many trails in the area, this park is great for hiking, running, mountain biking and cross country skiing. Wahlfield Park features a shelter, two large play structures and a swingset.
EAST GRAND RAPIDS
Manhattan Recreation Area (3180 Cascade Rd, East Grand Rapids, MI ) 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, nature trails, sand volleyball courts, softball diamonds, tennis courts, soccer fields, and playground.
Reeds Lake Trail (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.
North Beach Park Hidden away in the small town of Ferrysburg is a family-friendly beach and dune hike just waiting to be discovered. Playground, life jackets and a wooden staircase up the dunes are just a few of the amenities here.
Aberdeen Park (2230 Eastern Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505) If you have young ones in tow, this park offers a special playground area for toddlers. The park also features basketball courts, soccer fields, ball diamonds, and tennis courts for the sports enthusiast. Note: The water playground is currently under construction.
Blandford Nature Center (1715 Hillburn Avenue NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504) 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. Admission fees apply.
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 ball fields, soccer field, sand volleyball, tennis courts, basketball hoops, and nature trails that can be used for cross-country skiing in the winter.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (1000 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525) This 158 acre campus is a must-see for residents and visitors alike. It features both indoor and outdoor gardens, a tropical conservatory, and nature trails winding through the grounds. The Lena Meijer Children’s Garden includes many attractions, including a tree house, water play area of the Great Lakes, an outdoor maze and much more. Indoor and outdoor is barrier free and handicap accessible. Admission fees apply.
Huff Park (2399 Ball Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505) This unique park includes a small playground and ball fields, which may sound not so unique, but 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! Note: The City of Grand Rapids plans to make upgrades to the boardwalk, bathroom, and playground areas during the summer of 2017.
John Ball Park (1300 W. Fulton St. Grand Rapids, MI 49504) Have a day planned at the zoo? Don’t forget the additional kid-friendly destination just outside of the zoo. The John Ball Park is within walking distance to the main entrance of the zoo and offers a playground to spend a few extra minutes of play.
Kroc Center (2500 S Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49504) The outdoor campus is free and open to the public (when not being used for Kroc Center events and programs) and includes a playground with swings, slides and sand. Basketball courts, sand volleyball, soccer field, ball field, fishing pond and walking paths are also available.
Martin Luther King Park (900 Fuller Ave SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506) Park amenities include a swimming pool, ball diamond, tennis courts, basketball court, playground, picnic tables and fitness center. Lots of shade is available on sunny, hot days at this park.
Riverside Park (2001 Monroe Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505) This park, which is the largest in the Grand Rapids parks system within the city limits, offers bike and walking paths along the river, playgrounds, fishing, boat launching, ball diamonds, and disc golf courses.
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. Entrance fee required.
Heritage Park (4264 Canal Ave. SW Grandville, Michigan 49418) Playground equipment, pathways and footbridges, an old school house, a soccer field, sand volleyball court, and basketball court round out this park.
Spring Grove Park (1800 Greenly Street, Grandville, MI 49418) With barrier free facilities offered at the picnic building, restrooms, trellis, playground and trails, this park is for everyone! Other key features include a ball field, horseshoe pit and fire pit with benches.
Wedgewood park (3391 Wilson Ave Grandville MI 49418) Great for the evening sports lover, this park offers lighted football and soccer fields, lighted baseball and softball fields with stands, and lighted horseshoe pits. In addition, there are volleyball courts, playground equipment, picnic shelters and a campfire area.
Danish Kingdom Playground (900 E Kent Rd, Greenville, Michigan 48838) A 14,000-square foot wooden play structure makes this park stand out from the rest. A roped bridge, crawl spaces and tubes, a swinging rope, swinging balance beam, slides, and zip line offer even more entertainment.
Tunnel Park (66 Lakeshore Drive, Holland, MI 49424) Named after the tunnel that takes you through a dune to access Lake Michigan, this park has a playground, picnic area, volleyball courts and concession. Entrance fees apply.
Eighth Avenue Park (7050 8th Avenue Jenison, MI ) This park features a lake, which offers a public beach for swimming, fishing, and a walking trail around the lake. A playground and pavilion are also part of the park’s landscape.
Hager Park (8134 – 28th Ave Jenison, MI 49428) This 104 acre family park is full of beautiful trails and picnic areas. Be sure to check out the park’s Age of Discovery community-built playground, which overlooks a terrain map of the United States.
Rosewood Park (1899 Rosewood Street, Jenison, MI 49426) This park is famous for it’s sledding hill and the large slip ‘n slide event held in the summer. A playground and soccer field are also available, in addition to a splash pad and a super tall play structure!
Fallasburg Park (1124 Fallasburg Rd. Lowell, MI 49331) This 56 acre park is perfect for playing and picnicking. The park is home to a stream and one of the area’s oldest covered bridges. Fallsburg park goes beyond just offering beautiful scenery and also includes a ball diamond, disc golf, hiking, nature trails, picnicking, playgrounds, and an enclosed shelter house.
Stoney Lakeside Park in Lowell (1200 Bowes, Lowell, MI 49331) If your fur baby likes to be included in your family outings, Stoney Lakeside Park is the right fit for your family. The Lowell Dog Park, at Stoney Lakeside Park, is a 31,000 square foot off-leash area, with spots for both small and large dogs.
Glen Park (Glen Park Drive, just west of Highland Drive) Playground equipment and trails at this park will keep your family actively enjoying the outdoors. The tall trees keep this park shady and cool.
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 lake and surrounding area provide picturesque views and opportunities for fishing. Cross-country skiing is also available in the winter.
Townsend Park (8280 6 Mile Road NE Rockford, MI 49341) Townsend Park is a popular park with beautiful footpath bridges and a pretty stream that winds through it. Townsend Park facilities include baseball diamonds, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking/walking, and a playground.
Johnson Park (2600 Wilson Ave SW, Walker, Michigan 49534) This huge park includes disc golf course, a historic shelter, a hiking trail through the woods, playgrounds and a winter sledding hill. Fishing options and boat access on the Grand River.
Millennium Park (1415 Maynard Ave. SW, Walker, MI 49534) One of the nation’s largest urban parks, it is home to a beach and splashpad, boat rental facilities, a playground, and fishing. With trails totaling 18 miles, there are many opportunities for exploration throughout the park.
Palmer Park (1275 52nd Street SW Wyoming, MI 49509) Great for enjoying the outdoors, this park is home to many trails, letting visitors explore the wetlands and other areas of the park. Kaufman golf course, which is part of Palmer Park, is another bonus. Two large play structures, ball diamonds, fishing, and many opportunities for picnicking are at this park.
Lamar Park (2561 Porter St SW, Wyoming MI 49519) This park is home to many special events in the community. It’s attractions include a splashpad, climbing wall and playground equipment. There are also volleyball, tennis and basketball courts, soccer and softball fields, and a baseball field with grandstand.
Pinery Park (2301 DeHoop Ave, Wyoming, MI 49509) At this park, the enclosed lodge and park area (not shelter and picnic area) are open all year round. A playground, ball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and a fitness trail keep this park busy.
Helder Park (3751 104th Ave, Zeeland, Michigan 49464) This 159-acre park has something for everyone! Fido is welcome at the dog park (which is open unless the ground is too wet) and the nature lovers will enjoy the northwest portion of the park, which is forested and has a stream. The park also hosts a picnic shelter, playground, two ball fields, and five soccer fields for recreational use.
Huizinga Park (350 Royal Park Drive Zeeland, MI 49464) Come visit Timbertown, a large wooden play area, at Huizinga Park. This park also has a large outdoor skate park, fishing, basketball courts, beach volleyball court and ball field.