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Walker Area Parks, Trails and More

Walker is a suburb of Grand Rapids and is home to several nice parks, which all contain recreational trails.

Walker Area Trails

Millennium Park has an extensive trail system that is popular for walking, jogging, and cycling. The park's trails connect to Kent Trails, which runs from Byron Center to the John Ball Park in Grand Rapids.

The Fred Meijer Standale Trail goes from Millennium Park to Walker Ice & Fitness Center. The paved trail is over six miles long and is used for biking, walking, and jogging.

Central Park has a walking and jogging route that circles and connects parts of the park.

Millennium Park

Located on the east side of Walker, Millennium Park is part of the the Kent County Parks System and features lakes, wetlands, and plenty of recreational facilities.

The park also has a large sandy swimming beach with two volleyball courts. The Van Andel Beach House offers changing facilities and restrooms and provides access to the beach. A day pass or annual pass is needed for beach access. See the Kent County Parks's site for current admission fees.

Millennium Park has two large picnic shelters that can be reserved for private events. For rental fee information, see the Kent County Parks's site.

Two large playgrounds, a sprayground, bocce ball court, basketball court, and boat access are also available at Millennium Park.

Johnson Park

Located along the Grand River, Johnson Park is a scenic recreation area that is popular for company picnics and family reunions. The park has a has two baseball diamonds, playgrounds, and picnic areas. A paved trail winds through the park, joining a route that leads to Millennium Park.

Reservations for the open-air picnic shelter and the enclosed shelter. For details, call (616) 336-7275. Johnson Park is part of the Kent County Parks System.

A boat launch is located off Veteran's Memorial Drive and provides access to the Grand River.

Fishing along the banks of the river is a popular pastime during the summer.

A hiking and cross-country-ski section is located in the northwest corner of the park in a wooded area.

Walker Central Park

Located near Walker's municipal offices, Central Park features a variety of athletic facilities. Three baseball diamonds are located on the north end of the park, and Two soccer fields are located north of the library. Tennis courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts, a playground, and inline skating rink are on the west side of the park.

Central Park hosts Walker's annual summer festival, which happens in June and features entertainment, food booths, kid's activities, and much more.

Walker Ice and Fitness Center

Near Walker City Hall, you'll find the Walker Ice and Fitness Center, which has an National Hockey League size ice rink (85 feet by 200 feet). The rink is used by hockey and skating programs and offers public skating. The Fitness Center has exercise equipment and a large aerobic room. For more details, see the Walker Ice and Fitness Center web site.

Boating & Fishing

The Grand River is Michigan's longest river, and the prime months for fishing is between May and September. Walleye, trout, steelhead, and salmon are some of the fish can be found in the Grand River. If you go west, closer to the mouth of the Grand River in Grand Haven, you can catch pike in the spring.

In Walker, there is a boat launch on the Grand River off Veteran's Memorial Drive, near Johnson Park. You can launch a power boat, canoe or kayak from the launch.

Millenium Park has a canoe and kayak launch on the north side of the park, a short distance from the drive into the park. A parking lot is located near the launch site.

More About Walker

The primary retail and restaurant area of Walker is located along Alpine Avenue. Fast food and sit-down restaurants are plentiful north of I-96 on Alpine, and you'll also find the AMC Star Movie Theater there.

A few media outlets are located in Walker, including WZZM-TV, WXSP-TV, and the Grand Rapids Press printing facilities.

Meijer, which has stores around the Midwest, makes its home in Walker. The superstore chain got its start in Greenville, Michigan and was founded by Hendrik Meijer. Fred Meijer has generously supported trail improvements to the White Pine Trail System, renovations to the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (Meijer Majestic Theare), and other charitable efforts in West Michigan.

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