Below is the Ada Township Parks Spring Summer Programs Scheduled:

Arbor Day Festival                Ada Park & Arboretum                     Free

Saturday, April 25                   10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.                                    Donations accepted

Bring your family out to the Locke Arboretum at Ada Park for this festival of events to celebrate Arbor Day.   Ada Park will be set up with activity stations for all ages including workshops on tree pruning and care, backyard wildlife habitats, nature displays, conservation exhibits, youth crafts and games, wildflower & tree walks and fishing for kids. Special "tree theme" snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. One free tree sapling to each family as supplies last.

4th of July Celebrations                                                       

Celebrate our National Holiday in the Village of  Ada.  At the following events:

    Friday July 3rd       

Fireworks                               Dusk                            7590 E. Fulton at Ada Dr.

    Saturday, July 4

Pancake Breakfast                    8:00 a.m.                      Ada Fire Station

4th of July Parade                       10:00 a.m.                    Ada Village Green

Entertainment/Activities            11:00 -3:00                  Ada Village Green

Play Ball!

The Ada Softball Program will start games May 4th at Ada Park and Leonard Field.  Games are held Monday through Thursday evenings and some Saturdays. A few openings exist for teams to sign up. Contact the Park Office at 676-0520 or email for an application or more details.

Area Youth League & Sports Contacts:

For information on organized youth leagues contact the following numbers or web sites:

  T-ball:  Southeast YMCA, 616-285-9077

  Baseball: Thornapple Valley Baseball League,

  Soccer: American Youth Soccer Organization,

  Golf, cheerleading, basketball and swimming:

  Summer sports camps:

Pickle Ball

Yes, Pickle Ball!  It’s a version of racket ball played on the tennis courts and was brought to us by area seniors.  Ada Park Tennis Court #1 is designated now for this game with markings on the court and allocated time slots.  Check in with the park office for more information.


National Senior Health & Fitness Day        

Wednesday, May 27               Special Activities at Ada Park                        9:00 – 3:00 Free

100,000 adults will participate in activities at more than 1,000 locations throughout the U.S. as we celebrate the 16th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day. The common goal for this day: to help keep older Americans healthy and fit.  Come on out to Ada Park to take part in a series of guided activities and presentations to promote your health.  Or just come out to any of our local parks for some fresh air and exercise.  Contact the Park office for details; 616-676-0520,


Sunday, August 9                    Ada Park                                             11:00 – 3:00    Free

This walking event will start at Ada Park then head down the bike paths through the Ada Covered Bridge and the Village.  All ages welcome.  Wear comfortable shoes.  Contact the Park office for details; 616-676-0520,  A partnership event with the American Volkssport Association

Walks with a Naturalist                     Dates, Times & Locations Vary      $3/adult, $2/youth

Guided outings in Ada Parks to explore nature and enjoy the outdoors.  Come dressed for the weather of the day and walking.  Open to all ages but youth must be with an adult guardian.

Pre-registration is appreciated by calling 676-0520 or email  Pay at site.

Spring Wildflowers     Friday, April 17         10:00-11:30 am   Ada Park

Rivers & Wetlands       Tuesday, May 19     7:00 – 8:30 pm    Roselle Park

Summer Solstice           Monday, June 22      7:00 – 8:30 pm     Roselle Park

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Youth Programs

Discovery Days – Spring        Ages 3-5         Ada Park             $4/youth*

For pre-schoolers and parents together at Ada Park for a fun morning of nature study, hands-on activities and crafts.  Programs will have inside and outdoor activities so come dressed to be outside. Pre-registration requested by calling 676-0520 or email

Cool Critters                               Monday, April 20        10 to 12 Ada Park

  Does it have fur, scales or feathers? Does it run, swim or fly? Look for the many

  different critters that live just outside our back door.

Butterflies, Flying Flowers                       Tuesday, May 5          10  to 12 Ada Park

  Dress up like a butterfly, learn what caterpillars need to grow up into a beautiful butterfly,

  make a caterpillar out of an egg carton.

Discovery Days – Summer Ages 5-7         Ada Park             $4/youth*

Parents may drop-off or join their youth at Ada Park for a fun morning of nature study, hands-on activities and crafts.  Programs will have inside and outdoor activities so come dressed to be outside. Pre-registration requested at 676-0520 or email

Creepy Crawlies                           Wednesday, July 8      10 am – 12 noon

  What creepy crawlies live in our neighborhood? Go on an insect hunt to find out and

  pretend to be a firefly looking for some friends.

Rock Hounds                                Wednesday, August 12 10 am to 12 noon 

  Be a rock hound as we explore all different sizes & types of rock. Make a pet rock to take home.

Junior Naturalist – Summer      Ages 7-11     Dates & Locations vary            $5/youth*

Outdoor discovery programs with special presentations, hands-on science activities, crafts, games, snacks and outings. Programs will have inside and outdoor activities so come dressed to be outside. Parents may drop off youth with completion of a contact information form. Pre-registration requested by calling 676-0520 or email

Fishing Frenzy        Thursday, June 11    9:30 to 12 noon          Ada Park

  Learn about fishing equipment and what makes good fish habitat. Get a chance to fish in

  the Ada Park pond. Borrow our equipment or bring your own.

Arts in the Park      Tuesday, June 23     9:30 to 12 noon          Ada Park

  Find the artist inside you! Try different mediums as you create some cool artwork to take home.

Incredible Insects              Thursday, July 9       9:30 to 12 noon           Ada Park

  Learn about our 6-legged friends as we crawl, splash, and search through different habitats

  for these special critters.

Rocks & Fossils     Thursday, August 13            9:30 to 12 noon          Ada Park

  Explore a variety of rocks and fossils and how they are made plus go round hounding

Bikes & Hikes       Tuesday, July 28        9:30 to 12 noon          Roselle Park 

  Bring your bikes out to Roselle park for a morning of riding the bike trails and hiking off trail through the woods and wetlands.

*Ada Township residents receive $1.00 off the fee of these programs.

Kids Bike & Safety Rodeo              

Saturday, June 13    10:00 -1:30    4-12 year olds             Ada Park

The Kent County Sheriff Department invites you to the Kids Bike & Safety Rodeo. Join in a day of fun activities, food and goodie bags for all who attend. From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. stations will be set for bike Inspections, helmet Inspections, bus safety, fire safety plus a bike obstacle course.  At 12:00 noon awards, raffles and a free cookout lunch will be provided followed by the "Bike Parade" at 1:00 p.m. led by the Kent County Sheriff motorcycles.

The Bike Rodeo is for children under the age of 12 who are able to ride a two wheeled bike.  You will need to bring your own bike and helmet.  Please register by mail or in person to Sandi Jones, Kent County Sheriff Department, Community Policing Unit, 701 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Donations of $5.00 per child will be donated towards the Kent County D.A.R.E. program and the Community Policing Unit. Make checks payable to: K.C.T.S. Action Fund. Contact Sandi Jones at (616) 632-6220 for more information.

Bike Decorating Day             Thursday, July 2        10 a.m. to 12 noon      Ada Park

Bring your bike out to the Ada Park Shelter to decorate it just in time for the 4th of July Parade in Ada!  Helpers and materials will be available.  For 4 – 12 year olds with parent or guardian.  $3 per youth. Register on site.

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Ada Parks Summer Day Camp Adventures

Camps sessions run for two or three day per week, Tuesday – Thursday, on various weeks in the summer from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  They are targeted for youth ages 6-11 years old where younger campers (6-7) may sign up for ½ day sessions.  All camps start at Ada Park with some days held at Roselle Park except for Pioneer days which will be held at the Museum.

Fees: $55/full 3-day session; $45/half-day 3-day session; $45/full 2-day session; $35/half day 2-day session.  Ada Township residents receive 10% off fees. Pre-registration required – obtain registration form from the Park office: 616-676-0520,

Session 1: Water Wonders        Tuesday June 30 to Wednesday July 1  

  Explore ponds, rivers & wetlands.  Fish and dip for tadpoles. Water games and

  more. Tuesday will be in Ada Park while Wednesday will be held at Roselle Park.

Session 2: Arts in the Park       Tuesday July 14 to Thursday July 16     

  Try a variety of art media from painting, drawing and sculpture to music and drama

  through presentations, instruction and opportunity for creative expression.

Wonderful Wildlife                     Tuesday July 21 to Thursday, July 23

Activities include special presentations about local wildlife, wildlife simulation games, habitat hikes, fishing and crafts. Two days based at Ada Park and one day at Roselle Park.

Pioneer Days                             Wednesday July 29 to Thursday, July 30 Ada Museum*

  A step back in time at the Ada Museum and Barn to explore life of the 1800’s.

  Activities to include pioneer era toys, tools, food, games, clothes and more

Sports Spectacular                     Tuesday August 4 to Thursday, August 6

  Three days of playing, instruction and coaching in a range of your favorite sports from

  basketball to tennis, baseball, soccer, flag football, ultimate Frisbee and more.

Schools Programs  

Field Trips: K-6 Outdoor Environmental Education Field Trips are available at Ada Park & Arboretum and Roselle Park.  These are naturalist guided, themed outdoor programs, 1-2 hours in length, tailored to your curriculum needs. There is a fee of $2/student.

Shelter rentals at Ada Park are available for self-guided programs by schools at $25/day.

Service Learning Projects are available without a fee.

Boy and Girl Scout Programs:

Badge Work: Instructional programs are available for Scouts after school, some evenings and occasional weekends. Contact the Park office for program options, scheduling and fees.

Rentals: The Ada Park Shelter is available for self-guided programs by Scout groups. $25/day

Service Projects: A variety of projects are available for Scouts ranging from conservation work to facility improvement and helping with special events. No fee.

Park Volunteer Opportunities:

Ada Parks & Recreation Department is recruiting volunteers to assist with grounds, gardens, stewardship, program instruction and clerical work. Contact the Park office at 676-0502 to apply.

Volunteer Stewardship Work Days:

Garlic Mustard Pulls Sunday April 26     10-1                         Ada Park

                                                        Friday, April 24      8:30 – 11                 Leonard Field

Monday, April 27  10-12                       Ada Park

Tuesday, May 12   10:30-12                  Roselle Park

Friday, May 15      9-12                         Ada Park

Backyard Habitats                      Tuesday, April 14  9-12                         Roselle Park

                                                        Tuesday, May 12   9-12                         Roselle Park

                                                        Tuesday, June 9      9-12                         Ada Park

Pre-registration requested at 676-0520 or

da Township Parks:

Ada Park & Locke Arboretum  1180 Buttrick Ave., 57 acres

Softball & soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball court, playground, fishing pond, trails, picnic tables, grills, pavilion, gazebos,  Les Craig Learning Center and the Bud Locke Arboretum.

Leonard Field & Ada Covered Bridge  7490 Thornapple River Drive, 2 acres

Softball field, bike path, river overlook deck, Ada Covered Bridge.

Grand River Natural Area  Grand River Drive SE, enter via Ada Park or McGraw Park , 90 acres

Nature area, trails, bike path, woodlands, wetlands, Grand River.

Roselle Park              1010 Grand River Dr. NE,  247 acres

Bike path, trails, picnic area, observation decks, natural areas, wetlands, prairie, forests, wildlife, river shore.

Ada Township Parks & Recreation Department Contact Information:

Office located in Ada Park, 1180 Buttrick Ave, Ada, MI 49301. Office open daily 9-5.

Mailing address:  P.O. Box 370, 7330 Thornapple River Dr., Ada, MI 49301

Phone: 616-676-0520   fax: 616-676-5870   e-mail: web site:

All information from Ada Township Parks Dept.

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