Parks and Recreation

Aman Park

Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle - Reservations are required to ice skate for the 2020-2021 season. Learn more and reserve a time HERE.

Your City, Your Parks

We help create a connected and healthy community. With 75 parks and year-round recreation programs across the City, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

2021 Michigan Department of Natural Resources Grant Applications

Improvements to Richmond Park

The proposed project will create a new playground next to the pavilion with inclusive play equipment and poured-in-place surfacing.  It will also replace existing asphalt walkways with universal concrete paths to ensure an accessible route from other areas in the park to the playground.


River Edges Trail, Leonard to Ann

The proposed project will close one of the most significant gaps in the city’s trail system and connect the city’s nonmotorized network to regional trails. The trail design includes a universally accessible shared use trail with three underpasses under Leonard Street, Ann Street, and GR Eastern Railroad bridge and connections to Monroe Avenue, in addition to trail signage, interpretive signage, and site amenities.  The project has been broken into four separate trail segments corresponding to four grant applications.


Plaza Roosevelt Acquisition

The proposed grant funding would be used to acquire a 0.77 acre greenspace at the northeast corner of Grandville Avenue and Rumsey Street SW as part of the Plaza Roosevelt redevelopment project that includes new affordable housing, commercial space, and the new GRPS Southwest Community Campus High School.


February 23, 2021 Public Hearing

You're invited to provide comment on these grant applications at a virtual public hearing on February 23, 2021 at 7pm.

To make a public comment during the meeting:

  • Call 311 or 616.456.3000
  • Follow the prompts

You can also submit a written comment before the meeting:

  • Email parksandrec@grcity.us
  • Send letter to the Parks and Recreation Department at 201 Market Ave. SW Grand Rapids MI 49503
  • The deadline for written comments is Wednesday, February 17.

To join the remote City Commission meeting on February 23 and listen to public comments:

Listen Online

  • Meeting ID: 179 264 0557
  • Password: grandrapids

Join Meeting

Listen By Phone

  • Call: 1-408-418-9388
  • Access Code 179 264 0557

Winter Activity Guide

Looking for ways to have fun and explore the outdoors this winter? Our parks can be enjoyed in every season. Click below to see sledding hill locations, winter hiking trails, snowshoeing tracks and more.

Visit our Winter Activity Guide


We make sure City parks are clean and safe for you to enjoy. Some parks are home to outdoor art, sculptures and historical monuments. 

City Parks Directory


Highlights

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Ottawa Hills Park

Ottawa Hills Park is the first universally accessible playground in Grand Rapids. The park reopened in 2018 after improvements were made thanks to the voter-approved 2013 Parks Millage. The park has two playgrounds designed for older and younger children, sensory play objects, picnic areas, and rubber surfacing for soft landings and accessibility.


Aerial photo of Rosa Parks Circle ice rink in winter  

Rosa Parks Circle

Rosa Parks Circle is a public art space in the heart of downtown. It was designed by the world-renowned artist, Maya Lin. In the winter months, the space transforms into an outdoor ice skating rink. Numerous concerts, events, and festivals are also held here throughout the year.


Westown Commons

Westown Commons

The much-loved skatepark is a large draw for area youth who put many volunteer hours into cleaning up and helping redesign the park.

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Fitness classes, youth sports, ice skating, and more! There are lots of ways to get active in Grand Rapids. Find what's best for you.

Recreation Homepage

Image of people enjoying Richmond Park Pool, waterslide, and water fountains.  

Information on outdoor pools, splash pads, and swim lessons.

Aquatics Homepage

Looking to escape the city bustle? Visit one of our trails and explore the natural beauty of Grand Rapids.


JPEG image of a bridge and summer foliage in Aman Park

Aman Park

  • Park acres: 339
  • Miles of trails: 6.4
  • Features: natural hiking and cross country skiing trails, bridges, interpretive trails, natural wooded areas
  • Trail map

Ball Perkins Park Trail

Ball Perkins Park

  • Park acres: 80
  • Miles of trails: 0.65
  • Features: natural pathway, wooded areas, wetland overlook, rest areas
  • Trail map

Photo of visitors enjoying a hike in Burton Woods

Burton Woods

  • Park acres: 6
  • Miles of trails: 0.4
  • Features: natural pathway, wooded areas

Huff Park boardwalk

Huff Park

  • Park acres: 90
  • Miles of trails: 1
  • Features: boardwalk loop through wetlands, observation deck, bird watching opportunities
  • Trail Map(PDF, 577KB)

Shady path and bridge entrance on the Oxford Trail

Oxford Trail

  • Miles of trails: 3
  • Features: paved pathway for non-motorized recreation, neighborhood and park connections views of the Grand River.
  • Trail map(PDF, 2MB)

Plaster Creek Paved path

Plaster Creek Trail

  • Park acres: 141
  • Miles of trails: 2.7
  • Features: paved pathway for non-motorized recreation, interpretive trails, views of Plaster Creek

Riverside Park paved trail

Riverside Park

  • Park acres: 187
  • Miles of trails: 2.3
  • Features: paved pathway for non-motorized recreation, river overlooks, bridges

Park Improvement Projects

We're improving our parks all the time! Grand Rapids voters approved a 7 year Parks Millage on November 5, 2013. We use these funds to make improvements, repairs and rehabilitate parks, pools and playgrounds.

More Info


Master Plan

Our 5-year Master Plan outlines long-term development, programming, and sustainability of parks, public spaces, and recreation facilities.

More Info

Grand Rapids Forestry  

The Forestry Division ensures healthy tree canopy in Grand Rapids. We keep an inventory of all street, park and cemetery trees. We use this to assess tree health and track progress for tree canopy goals.

Forestry Homepage

Greenwood cemetery  

A cemetery is a resting place for those who have passed on and a place of comfort for the living to remember their loved ones. There are many choices when considering a burial option. We recommend pre-planning. We'll help you with pricing, lot selection and peace of mind with this decision.

Cemeteries Homepage