Winter Parks & Recreation Programs
Register for Winter Discovery Days, Junior Naturalist, and other family-friendly programs.
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ADA TOWNSHIP WINTER 2014-2015 PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS:
The Ada Township Parks & Recreation Department offers winter programs geared toward preschoolers, youth, adults and families:
• "Discovery Days" programs are for preschoolers ages 3-5 (with a parent or guardian), and most programs cost $5.00 and are held at Ada Park. Dates: Gifts for the Animals-12/10 & 12/11, Wonderful Winter-1/14 & 1/15, Bird Feeders-2/11 & 2/12, and Owls-3/11 & 3/12.
• "Junior Naturalist" programs are for youth ages 7-11. Snowshoe Stomp will be held 1/31 from 10 a.m. until 12/Noon at Ada Park ($5.00).
• Other youth and family programs include: Cross Country Skiing-Just the Basics 1/10 from 10 a.m. until 12/Noon ($5.00) at Roselle Park (bring your own equipment); Home for the Birds-Build a Birdhouse 2/7 from 10 a.m. until 12/Noon. ($10.00 fee-materials will be provided); and Live Bird of Prey-A Bird's Eye View 3/15 from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m ($5.00).
PLEASE NOTE: All programs require preregistration by calling the parks office at (616) 676-0520, or by emailing the
. Please print out the Winter Parks & Recreation Flyer located above for more details.
Boy and Girl Scout Programs:
FACILITY USE AND PARK POLICIES:
Park Hours : Park grounds are open to the public dawn to dusk, seven days a week.
Dog Policy: Township ordinances require dogs to be on a leash and cleaned up after in all parks.
Motorized Vehicles: Snowmobiles and other motorized vehicles are not allowed on trails or in the Parks.
Ada Park Shelter & Gazebo Rentals (available April through October):
Please Note: The Ada Covered Bridge is not rented out for private use.
Ada Athletic Fields & Courts:
WINTER RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES:
- Ice Rink at Leonard Field: Available as the weather allows. It is open to the public and general skating. Children must be supervised by a guardian.
- Cross Country Ski Trails at Roselle Park: Available as the weather allows. The trails start near the silos and extend through the north section of the park. Trail markers are set up along the trail. Please do not walk on or allow dogs on the X-C ski tracks.
- Walking & Bike Paths: Our best attempts will be made to clear the snow off of the paved park trail after each major snowfall. Note that conditions may remain wet, icy and/or slippery throughout the winter. At Roselle Park, only a section of the paved path will be plowed in the winter to allow for X-C skiing in the north section. Sections of the trail will be closed when flooded.
ADA TOWNSHIP'S PARKS:
Ada Township Park & Locke Arboretum. 1180 Buttrick Avenue. 57 acres. The 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 Grand River Drive SE. Enter via Ada Park or McGraw Park. 110 acres. 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 & Ada Covered Bridge. 7490 Thornapple River Drive. 2 acres. Leonard Park, Field & the Ada Covered Bridge 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 1010 Grand River Drive NE. 247 acres. Roselle Park offers resident both paved and natural trails, providing access to the floodplain areas along the Grand River. The park features observation decks for bird-watching, a canoe stop along the Grand River, exterior rock climbing wall, picnic areas, rain gardens, bird nesting boxes, natural areas, prairie, wetlands, and a converted silo observation tower with panoramic views of the entire park, and winter X-C ski trails.
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.
Please visit the links below to obtain maps to parks and trails near Ada Township:
Chief Hazy Cloud Park
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- READ THE ADAVIEW NEWSLETTER: You can view archived AdaView newsletters under ABOUT>NEWS/PRESS, or by clicking here.
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