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Photos of Grand Rapids Area Parks and Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan


John Ball Park is home to the John Ball Zoo.
A statue near the front of the zoo honors John Ball.

Picnic and playground at John Ball Park.
Another playground at John Ball Park.

Nessie sculpture in the pond at John Ball Park.
John Ball Park's swan boats are a fun activity during the summer.

The Hilltop Pavillion at John Ball Park.
Playground near the Hilltop Pavillion.

Kent Trails, a popular recreational trail, starts a short distance from John Ball Park.
The Zoo Administration Education Building at John Ball Park.

Getting an upclose view of stingrays.
Riding a camel is a fun activity for kids.

Chimpanzees at the zoo.
Walking path to sky trail and small animal exhibits.

Snow leopard at John Ball Zoo.
Sky trail at John Ball Zoo.

Grizzly bear cooling off in a pool of water.
Bennett's Wallaby.


Statue of Charles Belknap, who served as aide to General Sheridan during the Civil War.
Tennis courts at Belknap Park.

View of a baseball diamond at Belknap Park.
Griff's Icehouse is located at Belknap Park.

Monument describing the Project 'X' landscape art located at Belknap Park.
Making the steep ascent up the Project 'X' path.

View from the top of the Project 'X' hill.
Project 'X' is a walking path and landscape art feature at Belknap Park.


Part of the Project 'X' trail at Belknap Park.


Playground at Briggs Park.
Basketball court at Briggs Park.

Entrance for Briggs Park's pool.
Briggs Park has a pool with a waterslide.


The picnic shelter at Clemente Park has a painting of baseball hall-of-famer Roberto Clemente.
Clemente Park has a baseball diamond, north of the parking lot.


Canal Park has a nice playscape.
Canal Park is located along the Grand River and has a view of the downtown skyline.


Coit Park has two basketball courts.
A different view of a basketball court.

A picnic area is located near the playground.
Sign for Coit Park.


The Fish Ladder allows fish to bypass the Grand River's dam.
A view of the dam.

Another view of the Fish Ladder.
Sixth Street Bridge Park can be seen from Fish Ladder Park.

A walking path starts near the Sixth Street Bridge, winds through Fish Ladder Park and continues south to GVSU's Eberhard Center.
Another view of the walking path.

Restrooms at Fish Ladder Park.
Sign for Fish Ladder Park.


Highland Park has a large playground.
The sign for Highland Park.

The soccer and football field at Highland Park.
Playground at Highland Park.


Basketball hoops at Kenosha Park.
Picnic shelter at Kenosha Park.

Part of the playground at Kenosha Park.
Plaster Creek Trail starts at the edge of Kenosha Park.


Dafodils in bloom at Lincoln Park.
Tennis courts at Lincoln Park.

Large playground at Lincoln Park.
Swimming pool and waterslide at Lincoln Park.

Basketball hoops at Lincoln Park.
Baseball diamond at Lincoln Park.


Basketball courts at Mackay Jaycees Park.
A picnic shelter at Mackay Jaycees Park.

Mackay Jaycees Park has several tennis courts.
Baseball diamond at Mackay Jaycees Park.


Playground at Mary Waters Park.
A basketball court at Mary Waters Park.


Playground at Martin Luther King Park.
Playing tennis at Martin Luther King Park.


Picnic area at Richmond Park.
Richmond Park has two baseball fields.

Large waterslide and pool at Richmond Park.
Entrance to the pool at Richmond Park.

A paved path at Richmond Park.
Tennis courts at Richmond Park.

Playground at Richmond Park.
Sign for Richmond Park.


Running on the trail at Riverside Park.
The south entrance to Riverside Park.

Kayaking on the inland lake at Riverside Park during the spring.
The trail at Riverside Park is used by bicyclists, walkers and joggers.

One of the many baseball diamonds at Riverside Park.
Riverside Park has several picnic shelters.

Playground near the Riverbend Shelter at Riverside Park.
The disc golf course map.

Soccer fields at Riverside Park.
Riverside Park has three boat launch areas with ramps for launching boats into the Grand River.

Playground at Riverside Park.
Another picnic shelter at Riverside Park.

Pedestrian bridge for the trail at Riverside Park.
Another bridge at Riverside Park.

The trail at Riverside Park connects to the bike route along Monroe Avenue.
Cyclists can ride from Riverside Park to the White Pine Trail.



Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids has an ice skating rink during the winter. During the summer, concerts are held at the band shell.


Sixth Street Bridge dates to 1886. It's the oldest and longest metal bridge in Michigan.
Sixth Street Bridge Park has a small picnic shelter with a view of the Grand River.

The dam on the Grand River and Fish Ladder Park are visible from the park.
A paved trail for winds through the park.

Cyclists using the path at Sixth Street Bridge Park.
Another view from Sixth Street Bridge Park.

Fishermen like to cast their lines near the dam and the boat launch ramp at Sixth Street Bridge Park.
Sixth Street Bridge Park has a shiny, unique sculpture.


View of Sixth Street Bridge Park from I-196.


Trail along road
Another Cascade Pathways trail

Leslie Tassell Park
Statue at Tassell Park


Trail along East Beltline, near Calvin College
Trail south of I-96

Trail north of I-96, near Meijer Gardens entrance
Frederik Meijer Gardens sign




Trail in Byron Center
Another view of trail


Bowen Street Station Park trailhead
Trail sign


Person walking on Plaster Creek Trail
Bridge along the trail


Jogger running on Reeds Lake Trail during winter
Reeds Lake


The beautiful riverfront in downtown Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids Public Museum.

The riverfront area at night.
Van Andel Arena is home to the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team and hosts many concerts and events during the year.

The downtown YMCA.
A snowy day near Grand Rapids Community College's campus.

The B.O.B. is a downtown gathering spot.
The Grand River on a February day.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is located in downtown Grand Rapids.
DeVos Place hosts conventions and other events in downtown.

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