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Ada Park in Ada Michigan is going all out for Earth Day/ Arbor Day

this year with a Festival.  The celebration will start at  10 AM and

continue until 2 PM at Ada Park & Arboretum on Saturday,

April 24th, 2010.  Ada Park is located at 1180 Buttrick Ave.

Festival admission is free, although donations are accepted.

The Festival will celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with exhibits

on trees, landscaping, native plants, invasive plants and insects.

Ada park entrance sign

Activities for all ages include:

  • Games
  • Crafts
  • Fishing in the pond

Activities are also free, except for one craft and ‘tree themed ‘ snacks.

Each group will receive a free white pine sapling as long as supplies last.

The white pine is Michigan’s state tree.

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Spring is here and Ada Parks Programs are underway.  Take a look

at what fun programs the Ada Parks are offering this spring.

Pre-register by calling 616-676-0520

or email: mfitzpatrick@adatownshipmi.com

Ada park entrance sign Ada MI 49301

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Pre-register at the park office 676-0584 before the day of the event

$2/per event payable on site the day of the event.

Bird Break – Thursday April 15th  9-10 AM

Ada Park Les Craig Learning Center

A morning gathering in the learning center for coffee and donuts,

followed by a guided leisure walk ( 25 minutes) to look for and

listen to local birds.

Nature Walk – Thursday May 6th – 9-10 AM

Ada Park Shelter and Trails

A guided walk ( 40 minutes) along the paved paths through the

Arboretum and Nature Area in search of spring wildflowers

and other natural beauties. Refreshments at the end in the

shelter.

Lunch with Punch  Wednesday, June 9  12-1 PM

Ada Park Les Craig Learning Center

A time to gather with friends for a nice meal and fellowship

in a pleasant setting. Lunch provided by the Ada Park staff

and volunteers. Optional walk in the park after lunch.

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FREE SPECIAL EVENT

Earth Day/Arbor Day Festival  Saturday April 24th 10 AM –2 PM

Come celebrate Earth day and Arbor Day together in this special

event in Ada Parks’ Locke Arboretum. There will be activities

for all ages including workshops, guided walks, displays, exhibits,

handouts, make & take crafts, plus games & fishing for kids.

One free tree sapling to each family as supplies last.

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Youth Discovery Days  Age 3-5  10 AM – 12 noon

Ada Park Learning Center    $4/youth

Especially for Pre-Schoolers along with a parent or guardian to have

a fun, educational adventure out in Ada Park,  Each session with

an indoor hands-on activity, nature craft and a guided discover

experience outdoors.

Cool Critters – Wednesday April 21

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.

Beautiful Bugs  Wednesday May 12

What beautiful bugs live in our neighborhood? Go on an insect

hunt and pretend to be a firefly looking for some friends.

Jump, Frog, Jump!  Wednesday June 2

Frogs are singing, croaking, and jumping everywhere. Look and

listen for frogs around the pond, try to hop like a frog, and

make a fun “frog” craft to take home.

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Kids Bike & Safety Rodeo  Ada Park ( Free- Donations accepted)

Saturday June 12 10 AM – 1:30 PM  4-12 yr olds

Kent Country Sheriff Department will host fun activities and food

for all who attend with bike inspections, helmet inspections, bus

safety, fire safety plus a bike obstacle course form 10- 12 AM

At noon awards, raffles, and a free cookout lunch followed by

the ‘Bike Parade” at 1:00pm  Bring your own bike and helmet.

Donations up to $ 5.00 per child will go towards the Community

Policing Unit. Make checks payable to: K.C.T. S Action Fund.

Call 616-632-6220 for more information or the Ada Parks Office.

Free Evening Fishing  Ada Park  Thursday June 17 from 6-8 PM

Open fishing for youth with their families at the Ada Park pond.

Poles, bait, assistance and snacks provided. Pre-registration

requested by calling the park office 676-0584

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Winter fun is on the schedule in Ada Michigan this winter. 

The following  activities were published today:

 

Ada Township Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a series of

upcoming programs for youth & families to get outside & enjoy

the winter. 

For Kids Ages 3-5, Discovery Days Program: Build a Bird Feeder

Tuesday, February 17, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00

Ada Park Learning Center,  $4/youth

Designed especially for Pre-Schoolers along with a parent or guardian

to have a fun, educational adventure out in Ada Park.  This session

will explore different birds and how they feed, making bird feeders

to take home and outdoor discovery hike looking for birds.

Come dressed for both indoors and outside activity.

Ada park entr sign

 

For Kids Ages 7-12, Junior Naturalist Program:

Winter Survival on Snowshoes    Saturday, February 20, 2010

10:00 a.m. – 12:00, Ada Township Park, $4/youth

Starting inside the Learning Center with tips and tricks on how to

prepare for winter outings.  Followed by an outdoor winter

adventure where youth will be challenged to “survive” out in the

park by making a shelter, fire, finding food and signaling for help.

Come dressed to be outside in the woods.

Snowshoes and snacks provided.

 

For Kids of All Ages and Families: Birds of a Feather

– Part 2: nesting boxes

Saturday, March 6, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00, Ada Township Park,

$3/adults $2/youth

Meet in the Learning Center to learn about how different birds

need different types of nesting sites, habitats and materials.

Then work as a “team” to build your own nesting box (bird house)

suitable for local birds.  Materials and tools supplied.

 Pre-registration requested by Wednesday, March 3 by calling 676-0520 or email: mfitzpatrick@adatownshipmi.com.  Pay on site.

Pre-registering is highly recommended for all Ada Parks & Rec. programs by calling the Ada Park office at 616-676-0520 or email: mfitzpatrick@adatownshipmi.com.  Payment of fees may be made on the day of the program.

Ada Township Park is located at 1180 Buttrick Drive in Ada, MI 49301.  Contact the Ada Park office for more details: 616-676-0520, mfitzpatrick@adatownshipmi.com, www.adatownshipmi.com

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Roselle Park in Ada Michigan along the Grand River is  247 acre park that is

a dedicated Natural Habitat Refuge.  On a rainy Saturday a few weeks

ago, we stopped and took  a few photos.  It was cold and windy but

the fall colors were great.  We walked on one of the trails along the Grand

River. A very peaceful place to visit. Dogs on leashes are welcome.

Silos at Roselle Park

These silos were left from the previous owner of the property. The one with

the stars on top has been made into a 9 story observation tower.

 

view east from silo

View from the observation tower toward the Grand River

leaves on path

On the walking trail along the river.

river at park

The Grand River, the longest river in Michigan. It starts near Hillsdale MI and

winds it’s way north then west, eventually emptying into Lake Michigan.

This spot is just north of the confluence of the Thornapple River at Ada MI.

 

Additional information on  Roselle Park:

Roselle Park Nature Preserve on the Grand River

Roselle Park Flood Stage Spring 2009 Video

Roselle Park Photos

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Ada Township Park Participates in Connecting Families with Nature Saturday Sept 19, 2009 ~ Free Ada MI Event

Ada park entr sign

The Kent Conservation District is holding a Kick Off Event for their

Nature Passport Program. These local events will be  held at local

parks and Nature Areas this fall.  The events are to encourage

families to enjoy outdoor activities and your local park resources.

Ada Township Parks and Recreation – Invites families throughout

Kent County to come out and enjoy a family day at Ada Township

Park.  You can pick up your “Passport for Adventure”.  Check in

at the Park Shelter to register and get your “Passports” and then

you can have a range of free activities for your day at the park.

Saturday Activities include:

  • Learning Center with nature artifacts and hands on science exhibits
  • Free racquets to borrow for tennis and pickle ball
  • Nature trails through woods and prairie with interpreters
  • Paved bike paths for walking & biking
  • Free fishing poles and bait to borrow at the fish pond
  • Scavenger hunts in the Arboretum
  • Balls for playing basketball & soccer
  • Plus additional fun ideas to help you enjoy your day at the park

 

Event Information :

Location Ada Park 1180 Buttrick Ave.  Ada MI 49301

Date/Time: Sept 19, 2009  10am to 2pm

Additional Saturday Sept 19 Events are planned at these Nature Centers:

Blandford Nature Center

Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve

Howard Christensen Nature Center

Wittenbach/Wege Agri-Science and Environmental Education Center

John Ball Zoological Park

 

Kent Conservation District Link

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June 13th 2009 ~ Kid’s Bike & Safety Rodeo

 

Located at Ada Park 1180 Buttrick Avenue in Ada Township,

Michigan, the Kent County Sheriff’s Department is hosting

a Bike & Safety Rodeo from 10 am to 1:30 pm Saturday,

6-13-2009.

The event is open to children 12 and under, able to ride a

2 wheeled bicycle.  Bring your own bike and helmet.

10 am to noon – Bike inspections, an obstacle course, helmet

checks, and  bus and fire safety will be covered.

 

bike

 

 

Awards, raffles, and a free cookout lunch will begin at noon.

Bike parade will be at 1 pm led by Sheriff’s Dept motorcycles.

Register by mail or in person with Sandi Jones,

Kent County Sheriff Dept. Community Policing Unit,

701 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids Michigan, 49503.

 

Donations of $5 per child will be given to the Kent County

DARE program and the Community Policing Units.

Call 632-6220 for information

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National Senior Health & Fitness Day    May 27th, 2009    

Is it true that the words free and seniors just go together?  As I edge ever

closer to this category, it certainly seems so to me.  At the very least,

a free event should be well attended in this economy.  If you find yourself

available next Wednesday, here’s a couple of free options for education 

 and entertainment:

 

National Senior Health & Fitness Day    Wednesday, May 27           

Special Activities at Ada Park      9:00 – 3:00      Free

 

Forest Hills Fine Arts Center         9:00 – 3:00        Free

Healthy Living Lecture Series – by St Mary’s Health Center

Alternatives to Medication  10-10:45 am

Feeling Over-medicated?   11:00-11:45 am

Healthy Living 101            12:00-12:45 pm

Staying Sharp                   1:00-1:45 pm

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep  2:00-2:45 pm

 

Also: Vital Health Screenings and Neck Massages, Door Prizes

Kick off Fitness Walk begins at 8:30 am

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 or Forest Hills Fine Arts Center 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.

 

Ada park entr sign

 

Contact the Park office for details; 616-676-0520, adaparks@ada.mi.us

 

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Photos by Bonnie Westbrook

We took a drive along the Grand River last week and took in some

local sites.  The Grand River was a full flood stage and it changed the

scenery in a few places. This short video was taken at Roselle Park

in Ada Township Michigan.  This park is a 274 acre natural preserve

right on the banks of the Grand River.  It normally has some swampy

areas, but nothing like the scenes in the video.  Usually you have to

walk about 100 yards to get close to the river.

 

 

Since we didn’t bring our wading boots, we stayed near the entrance and

just shot our video.  We will go back and photograph the park without

water soon.

 

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Arbor Day Festival                Ada Park & Arboretum                     Free

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

                               Donations accepted

Michigan Oak Tree

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.

 

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Photo of Ada Maple Tree by Bonnie Westbrook

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 softball@ada.mi.us 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, http://www.tvbl.org

  Soccer: American Youth Soccer Organization, http://www.ayso-soccer.com

  Golf, cheerleading, basketball and swimming: http://www.enjoylearning.com

  Summer sports camps: www.fhps.k12.mi.uswww.lowellschools.com

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.

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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, adaparks@ada.mi.us.

Volksmarch

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, adaparks@ada.mi.us.  A partnership event with the American Volkssport Association http://www.ava.org

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 adaparks@ada.mi.us.  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 adaparks@ada.mi.us.

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 adaparks@ada.mi.us.

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 adaparks@ada.mi.us.

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, adaparks@ada.mi.us.

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 adaparks@ada.mi.us.

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: adaparks@ada.mi.us web site: www.ada.mi.us

All information from Ada Township Parks Dept.

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