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161. Kent County Millennium Park

June 12, 2011

Its hard to believe that right here in West Michigan we have one the nations largest urban parks and so close to all the hustle and bustle of the Grand Rapids area. The park is surrounded by Grand Rapids, Walker, Grandville and Wyoming. Millennium Park is a unique, ambitious project to reclaim 1,500 acres of heavily-used land for public recreation. If you have used the trail system around the park you will see the evidence of the heavily used land. Such as the old oil pumps and tanks, the old mine entrances, and the old gravel pits. But once inside the park the city noises are absent and you begin to enjoy the outdoors. The park encompasses rolling terrain and extensive wetlands and lakes southwest of Grand Rapids, between Johnson Park and John Ball Park. Its land is rich in natural resources, featuring woods, wildlife, fish and waterfowl. Facilities within the park now include a six-acre beach and splashpad, nearly 20 miles of trails, and other diverse opportunities for recreation.

The beach and the splashpad are a great place to visit with the kids. One because they usually love the beach and a splashpad, forget about it. Why will you love it, because its such a short drive from anywhere in Grand Rapids. The park is free to attend but the beach and the Splashpad do have admission fees and different hours.

1700 Butterworth Dr SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49534
(616) 336-PARK (7275)
For more info visit:

Beach and Splashpad Fees
Day Passes Annual Passes
Purchase Online
Adults (16-62) $4 Family $50
Seniors (63+) $3 Individual Adult (16-62) $40
Children (3-15) $2 Individual Senior (63+) $25
under 3 free
Beach and Splashpad Hours
Memorial Day weekend to the 4th Sunday in August
Beach Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Splashpad Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Spring and Fall
Before Memorial Day weekend & after the 4th Sunday in August
Beach Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Splashpad Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
NOTE: Hours of operation may vary with weather. Spring & Fall hours are more likely to fluctuate. To confirm, please call (616) 336-7275, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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