Experience Summer Online: Kent County Parks

Kent County ParksIgnite your happiness through Experience Summer Online!

Try an activity, attend a program or read a book from the list below, then share your experience in the comments section. Complete at least one of the listed ideas, then ENTER HERE to win gift cards and other prizes!


Visit any of our Kent County Parks this summer and experience one of the following:

  • Take some pictures of the park and share one with us or just tell us about it in the comments section below.
  • Play on a playground. Each one is different.
  • Have a picnic in a park.
  • Get some exercise in a county park by biking, walking or jogging.
  • Draw a map of your local park just for fun!
  • Fly a kite at a county park.
  • Splash in a splashpad or one of the lakes.
  • Play a sport at a park like basketball, tennis or volleyball.
  • Do something you’ve never done before, like canoeing, riding a paddleboat, geocaching, fishing, swimming in a lake, birdwatching or playing disc golf.
  • Learn about nature on a county park interpretive trail.
  • Volunteer some time to make our county parks better!

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33 Responses to “Experience Summer Online: Kent County Parks”

  1. Leah Threatt Says:

    Hi. My family had a picnic at the park. we had homemade pizza. Then we went and played on the playground. It was a lot of fun. I want to do it again sometime.


  2. Kip, KDL Staff Says:

    I’m glad you were able to enjoy the park! Pizza in the park sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing, have a great summer!

  3. Mark, KDL Staff Says:

    Hey everyone! A map of Kent County Parks is available at AccessKent.com, https://www.accesskent.com/Parks/directory.htm. There certainly must be a park to enjoy near you. Mark, KDL

  4. Jaimie Says:

    Our family takes a weekly trip to the Comstock Park branch of KDL followed by a heavy play session at Lydell park! It is one of our summer treasures! My girls will remember these trips forever! This week we had lunch in the park. :) Talk about a fun afternoon!

  5. Glenna miedema Says:

    My husband took our girls to Millenium Park to celebrate the end of school. They tried out several of the different playgrounds and play stuctures. what fun they had! They were so excited and tired when they came home from their park adventure.

  6. Mark, KDL Staff Says:

    Hi Jaimie and Glenna. I’m so glad you were able enjoy the parks. I hope you’ll visit again soon. Mark, KDL

  7. Diana DeYoung Says:

    I played in the spashpad at Pinewood Park in Kentwood! It is a good way to cool down on a hot, 80-degree weather day!

  8. Mark Says:

    Hey Diana! Great idea! Kent County Parks are great for cooling off on a hot summer day. Mark, KDL

  9. Laura Says:

    My 5 year old daughter and I went to Millennium Park and went bird watching. We brought a Michigan Bird Book and binoculars. We listened to the birds and then tried to find them. Super fun!

  10. Kip, KDL Says:

    Hi Laura, I’m glad you had fun at Millennium Park! That is a great park and I ride my bike through there on a regular basis on the trails.

  11. Sarah Says:

    Me and my family visted the playground at Heritage Park. My brother enjoyed the rock climbing wall.

  12. Mark, KDL Says:

    How fun, Sarah. I’m so glad you were able to visit and that your brother liked the climbing wall.

  13. Luke Says:

    My family played disc golf at Heritage Park for the first time. I used a white frisbee. It was so fun

  14. Mark, KDL Says:

    There is nothing more fun in life than disc golf. Thanks for the comment.

  15. Mark, KDL Says:

    There’s still time to visit a Kent County park this summer, but don’t dilly dally. Summer goes by fast.

  16. Jessica Says:

    My family and I were able to ride down the Kent Trail that ends in Byron Center. The trail was so pretty the whole way!

  17. Matt Says:

    Spent some quality time at Frog Hollow with my little boys. They really enjoyed the slides and the swings as well. Definitely will go back again soon.

  18. Mark, KDL Says:

    After that long, awful winter, we have been blessed with a beautiful summer. I’m so glad you and your families have been able to enjoy our parks. Don’t forget to tell your friends!

  19. Kris Says:

    We love to try new parks whenever the opportunity arises

  20. Mark, KDL Says:

    Thanks Kris. Do you have a favorite?

  21. logan Says:

    I had fun playing on the splashpad at Millennium Park!

  22. Mark, KDL Says:

    Yay! Nothing is more fun than splashing around on a summer day. Thanks Logan.

  23. Sarah Says:

    Our family has visited multiple parks this summer. We especially like going to Millennium Park. My husband and I will run with the youngest in a stroller and our 6 year old rides her bike. We really enjoy having a picnic afterward and the girls play at the park. We also visited Wedgwood Park last week after picking up new books at the library. :-)

  24. Mark, KDL Says:

    Wow! I think you deserve extra credit for visiting multiple parks AND the library. Thanks Sarah.

  25. Wendy Mahaney Says:

    My boys and I went to Heritage Park and played disc golf. It was a lot of fun. Great seeing how well my youngest did at the game for his first time.

  26. Mark, KDL Says:

    Thanks Wendy! It sounds like you have a disc golf champion in the making.

  27. Andrea Says:

    This summer I went to a summer camp for Art. I’ve never been to a an Art camp before but it was a great experience. I learned a lot about Art.

  28. Mark, KDL Says:

    Good for you, Andrea. Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up.” Good luck with your artistic endeavors!

  29. Caleb Says:

    We have a Kent County Park behind our house and we go there a lot. In fact, we just went there yesterday! I like to play tag there.

  30. Mark, KDL Says:

    You’re so lucky to have a park right behind your house! I wish I had one. Thanks Caleb.

  31. Lorelei Says:

    I visited Millenium Park last week. I love to climb the ropes, get buckets of water dumped on my head on the splashpad, and swim at the beach. I had so much fun!

  32. Morgan Says:

    I like to go to Meyers Lake Park to go fishing and go to the beach. I also went to Millenium Park and the splashpad.

  33. Mark, KDL Says:

    Thanks Lorelie. Thanks Morgan. It’s hot today, and I’m off to the beach, too.

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