about grand rapids parks

As of 2014, the City’s parks, recreation, and open space holdings currently include 74 City-owned parks totaling approximately 1,210 acres of land in the City limits. The City directly maintains 833 acres, 74 buildings and shelters, 41 tennis courts, five pickleball courts, 28 ball diamonds, 32 basketball courts, 10 soccer fields, 32 playground areas, 13.8 miles of multi-use paths, three operational swimming pools, and seven water playgrounds. Find a park and explore some of the many unique attributes of our community’s park system!

grand rapids park facts

PARKS AND BOULEVARD ASSOCIATION FOUNDED 1903

FIRST PARK BOND 1911, adding 180 acres

FIRST MASTER PLAN 1923

FIRST PUBLIC RECREATION BOARD 1938

SMALLEST CITY PARK
Sundial Park, 0.005 acres

LARGEST CITY PARK Aman Park, 331 acres

LARGEST CITY PARK IN CITY LIMITS
Riverside Park, 180.95 acres

TOTAL CITY OWNED PARK ACRES 1595

TOTAL CITY OWNED PARKS 74

TOTAL PARK-SCHOOL ACRES 345

TOTAL PARK-SCHOOL SITES 44

NEWEST PLAYGROUND
Pleasant Park

MOST RECENT NEIGHBORHOOD PARK EXPANSION Joe Taylor Park

NUMBER OF BASKETBALL COURTS 58

NUMBER OF PLAYGROUNDS 32

NUMBER OF DOG PARKS 2

RECREATION BIKE TRAIL MILES 13.85

MOST POPULAR PARK ACTIVITY Walking

BUILT TRAILS ALONG GRAND RIVER 46%

MOST COMMON STREET TREE
Norway Maple, 34.1%

ACRES OF TREE CANOPY 10,029

ACRES OF TREE CANOPY IN PARKS 959

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