The East Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation Department is committed to providing enrichment, educational and sports programming for all ages – from young children to senior adults – to promote healthy lifestyles, family interaction and a sense of community. Our programs – open to all residents and non-residents – challenge minds and bodies, allowing participants to express their creativity, form new bonds of friendship and create memories that will last a lifetime.
The City has a lively and spirited appreciation of recreation and healthy lifestyles, and as such we offer special events throughout the year, including the Reeds Lake Run, Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon/Duathlon, Spectrum Health Fourth of July Celebration, Sweet Heart Dance and many others.
One cannot think of East Grand Rapids without children playing and neighbors walking and ball games, playgrounds and family gatherings in our parks. Today, the City’s public parks encompass more than 179 acres of land, including John Collins Park and Waterfront Park on the shores of Reeds Lake. Included in our overall park property the City has several passive natural areas, including Hodenpyl Woods, Remington Park, Steketee Woods, Schroeder Park and portions of Manhattan Park.
The beauty of the City’s parks is anchored by the passionate devotion to active recreation that has energized our community from its very beginning.