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Fall Parks & Recreation Events


Grand River Run Race Registration is Open!
Roselle Park River Festival is Saturday, Sept. 26 @ Roselle Park




•Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 starting at 9 a.m., Roselle Park: 1010 Grand River Drive NE, Ada, MI 49301
Click here for more information. Register Online on or before 9/20 and receive a race shirt!

Volunteers Wanted! If you are interested in volunteer opportunities in conjunction with the Roselle Park River Festival and/or Grand River Run race events slated for Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9AM-3PM, please click here for more information.


NOTE: Please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (616) 676-0520(616) 676-0520 prior to sending in payment to ensure program availability. The Water Eco Adventure Camp and the River Trip for ages 10-13 are currently full. Please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the Parks Department if you would like to be added to a wait list.






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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, September 26, 2015

The GRAND RIVER RUN & Roselle Park River Festival is Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Roselle Park: 1010 Grand River Drive NE, Ada, MI 49301 from 9AM until 3PM.

Event Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015

Address: Roselle Park, 1010 Grand River Drive NE, Ada, MI 49301. Map.

Race Registration: Register now for the Grand River Run! We are accepting online Grand River Run race registration applications for the 8K, 5K and 2K events. Register on or before September 20 if you would like to receive a shirt. For any group comprised of five or more participants, we are offering group rates. If you have any questions about the event, or would you like to volunteer or sponsor in conjunction with the event, please direct questions to our This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Grand River Run Online Race Registration Page     
Grand River Run Website

Schedule: The Grand River Run 8K professionally timed "hybrid" trail race will start @ 9 a.m.; the 5K professionally timed all-paved trail race will start at @ 9:15 a.m., and the all-paved non-timed 2K Family Fun Run and Walk will start @ 10:30 a.m. The Roselle Park River Festival runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Please visit the race website or online signup page for complete event details, descriptions. PLEASE NOTE: Any changes to the schedule will be posted on the race website and emailed out to runners in advance. Please make sure we have your email address as we will email a detailed itinerary in advance of the event which will include when to arrive/what to bring/where to park, etc.


















Parks & Recreation Department Quick Links


Opportunities for PreK-12 schools range from guided field trips in the parks ($2), to service learning projects (free), to shelter facilities rental. Contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for curriculum details, fees and scheduling. For stewardship information, please click here.

Boy and Girl Scout Programs:
Scout Troops are welcome to the resources of Ada Parks & staff to help complete badge requirements, have field trip outings, conduct service projects, or rent a facility. Contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details and scheduling. For stewardship information, please click here


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):
For information about Ada Township Park rental facilities, rules & regulations, and available dates, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Please Note: The Ada Covered Bridge is not rented out for private use.

Ada Athletic Fields & Courts:
Located at Ada Park and Leonard Park/Field, used in the Spring, Summer and Fall for leagues and instructional programs. Contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information, schedules or reservations.


  • 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 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

Fallasburg Park

Kent Trails

Millenium Park

Seidman Park

Townsend Park

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