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Park of the Month: Richmond

1101 Richmond St. NW, 49504
Established 1915

If you’re looking for a great sledding hill this winter, check out Richmond Park! You’ll find this multi-use 57-acre park on the northwest side of GR, just a few blocks from Alpine Avenue.

The park has been a popular destination for sledding, tobogganing and even skiing for many decades. In the 1930s, there was a wooden ski jump built at the top of the hill (no, sadly, it’s no longer there)!

We went to check out the fun on the last day of January this year, just after a nice dusting of snow and there was lots of action! Kids and parents were numerous, some sledding doubled up, and a few “oldsters” and “youngsters” doing solo runs. A couple of kids were ski boarding!

       

The entire enterprise is aided by a wooden staircase on the south side of the slope. Thus, climbing back up the hill does not interfere with those sledding down. With our climate changing and snow days not what they used to be, this month may see the last sledding for this winter.

But don’t worry – you can still come back in the summer! There is plenty to do. The park has one of the three public swimming pools in the city parks system, along with a waterslide and splash pad. There is a colorful modern playground for kids, a picnic area with a pavilion and outdoor table tennis, plus a pond filled with ducks now encircled by a new concrete walking path.

The park also offers tennis courts, basketball courts, a ball diamond and mountain biking trails which are high on top of the bluffs. In short, Richmond Park has it all. Go check it out. There is something for everyone – including you!

 


about the author: elizabeth b.

Elizabeth is a Neighborhood Forester trainee and nature enthusiast! She is a member of the Environmental Justice team at her church, part of the West Michigan Sierra Club, and is on a mission to visit every GR park (all 76!). You can follow her journey and learn more about our city parks at her blog, www.cityparksgrmi.org.

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