Parks & Recreation


Searching for ways to stay active? Flip through our virtual Fall Program Guide starting Thursday, July 30, 2020! Due to COVID-19, this season our offerings are primarily listed online.

Please note the following:

-     The fall program guide will NOT be sent by mail.

-     All programming will adhere to CDC, State and local guidelines. Below are our health and safety protocols. 

-     We will update our virtual guide on a weekly basis to provide you the most current information.

-    You will continue to register for classes via Rec 1 and we also welcome phone enrollments as well as in-person registration at 750 Lakeside Dr.

-    Back-to-school details, including sports leagues, are pending. We will update you as we learn more from Gov. Whitmer and EGRPS.

Important Dates:

-       Aug. 6: Resident registration begins

-       Aug. 13: Nonresident registration begins

 COVID-19 Information

Community Center will OPEN
Monday, June 8 at 8:00 am (limited operations)

Playgrounds are OPEN

Reed Lake Run - CANCELLED
Reeds Lake Art Festival - CANCELLED
Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon - CANCELLED

Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and in accordance with Gov. Whitmer’s Michigan Safe Start Plan, the City will not be able to host its traditional 4th of July Celebration this year, including the Reeds Lake Trail Blazer.

Wealthy and High School indoor pools remain CLOSED 

The use of indoor facilities for recreation programming is limited under the current executive order. Contact our department for additional information at 616-949-1750.

East Grand Rapids parks and outdoor athletic facilities remain open at this time; however, citizens must adhere to the Governor’s Executive Orders as well as maintain social distancing of six feet or more and other guidance to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If we continue to see gatherings and contact sports at athletic fields, we may be forced to close all public spaces.  Please talk with your children about the need to maintain proper distance and to not gather in groups of more than 100 people. You can also set a good example for them by modeling all of these practices yourselves.

OUTDOOR participant COVID-19 letter

It’s important to stay informed on COVID-19 by the experts. The City of East Grand Rapids will follow the direction of the Kent County Health Department and the State of Michigan. We encourage everyone to educate themselves on the virus and how to protect you and your family from these non-biased and reliable resources. The KCHD provides helpful and accurate information including videos, tips and answers to FAQs, as well as helpful links to the CDC and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The MDHHS has also set up a hotline for citizens with questions at 888-535-6136 (8 am to 5 pm daily).

CDC Handwashing Video
CDC Social Distancing Video

About the Department

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.
Parks and Recreation Online Registration Website
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Middle School Sports

Scan QR code below with your phone camera to access Google Maps of trails and amenities in East Grand Rapids.
QR Code Reeds Lake Trail
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.

Cancellation and Refund Procedures

Online Bill Payment

Community Park, Recreation, Open Space and Greenway Plan