Parks & Recreation Department Mission: "To provide all community members with diverse recreational opportunities including access to premier natural, historical and cultural areas that enhance our quality of life and inspire the preservation of nature."
Ada Township hosts over 1,000 acres of public land available for recreational pursuits. Ada Township operates four community parks: Ada Township Park, Grand River Natural Area, Leonard Park, and Roselle Park. Additionally, there are a several school facilities with playgrounds available to the public.
Ada Township Park offers paved paths (barrier free), a nature trail, playground, picnic pavilions, soccer fields, tennis courts, softball/baseball fields, restroom facilities (closed for the winter), a fishing pond, the Locke Arboretum, ample parking (2 entrances: Buttrick and Grand River), and the Ada Township Parks & Recreation office.
Grand River Nature Trail & Preserve A paved trail connection from Ada Township Park to the entry to the Ada Moorings development was completed in 2002 adjacent to Grand River Drive, as well as a paved trail from one of the streets in Ada Moorings to the natural area, and extending through the natural area to connect to the Forest Hills Public Schools crew facility in Cascade Township. Other trails in the natural area are to be limited to a mowed grass surface. Directional signs to get visitors from the parking area to the trail head have been installed. Interpretive signs that will educate the public on habitats, cultural history and the flora and fauna of the preserve will be installed along the paved trail.
Leonard Park serves as the heart of Ada and features a grassy baseball/softball field during the warmer months, and an ice skating pond during the winter months. Leonard Park is located along the Thornapple River, and features the historic Ada Bridge—a pedestrian bridge that walkers and bikers alike enjoy.
Roselle Park offers resident both paved and natural trails, providing access to the floodplain areas along the Grand River. The park features an observation deck for bird-watching, a canoe stop along the Grand River, exterior rock climbing wall, picnic area, rain gardens, bird nesting boxes, and a converted silo observation tower with panoramic views of the entire park.
The community's outstanding natural features have resulted in a number of regional recreational facilities being located in the area, including a large County Park and extensive State Game Area lands.
Maps depicting all publicly-accessible park and recreation facilities located in Ada Township can be found here.