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Get Outside and Play: The BEST Parks & Playgrounds Around Kalamazoo 2017

 

by Leslie P

 

With options such as a splash pad, beaches, playgrounds, trails and more, the best parks in Kalamazoo offer something for all outdoorsy pursuits. Thanks to the help of our KZOOkids.com readers, we have put together a list of some of our favorite parks (with amenities) around town. This park guide will help you find the perfect park for your family to spend the day – or make plans to visit them all!

*This guide has been updated for 2017.  

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River Oaks Pavillion

RiverOaksSplash(River Oaks Park)

GALESBURG

River Oaks Park | 9202 East Michigan Avenue (M-96), Galesburg, 49053

  • 330 acres
  • Splash pad (open Memorial Day through Labor Day)
  • Two pavilions
  • Dog park
  • Playground area
  • Trails
  • Fishing and boating ramp
  • Softball diamonds
  • Soccer complex with 20 fields
  • Volleyball court

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KALAMAZOO

 

Markin Glen Park | 5300 North Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, 49004

  • Camping
  • 160 acres
  • Trails
  • Volleyball and tennis courts
  • Swimming beach
  • Fishing
  • Five pavilions
  • Baseball diamond
  • Playgrounds
  • Note: Admission to Markin Glen Park is $5 per vehicle

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Upjohn-1 Upjohn-2(Upjohn Park)

Upjohn Park | Corner of Lake and Walter Street, Kalamazoo, 49007

  • 50 meter outdoor Kik swimming pool (open June to August)
  • Soccer field
  • Baseball diamond
  • Basketball and tennis courts
  • Pavilion
  • Trails
  • Skateboard park
  • Grills and restrooms available to the public
  • Playground

 

(Flesher Field)

OSHTEMO

Flesher Field | 3664 South 9th Street, Kalamazoo, 49009

  • Large sports field
  • Playground area
  • Wiffleball fields
  • Two pavilions
  • Restrooms
  • Gazebo
  • .17 mile paved trail

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(Oshtemo Township Park)

Oshtemo Township Park | 7275 West Main Street, Kalamazoo, 49009

  • Recently renovated
  • Playground areas for younger and older children
  • Pickleball court
  • Two pavilions
  • Tennis and basketball courts
  • Wiffleball field
  • 18 hole disc golf course
  • Restrooms

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Kindleberger Overview-1 Kindleberger Play-2 Kindleberger-gazebo-1(Kindleberger Park)

PARCHMENT

Kindleberger Park | 650 S Riverview Drive, Parchment, 49004

  • 40 acres
  • Baseball diamond complex with four fields
  • Two softball diamonds
  • Two playground areas
  • Three pavilions
  • Skating area
  • Tennis courts
  • Walking paths
  • Gazebo
  • Summer entertainment

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PLAINWELL

Sherwood Park | 121 North Sherwood, Plainwell, 49080

  • Basketball courts
  • Tables and benches
  • Playground area
  • Volleyball courts
  • Ice rink in the winter
  • Veterans Memorial

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PORTAGE

Celery Flats | 7335 Garden Lane, Portage, 49002

  • Playground area
  • Gazebo and other buildings available for rent
  • Trails
  • Historical buildings
  • Restrooms
  • Amphitheater with summer entertainment

(West Lake Nature Preserve)

West Lake Nature Preserve | 9001 South Westnedge (parking off South Shore Drive), 49002

  • New playground area
  • Picnic tables
  • Trails
  • Grills
  • Restrooms
  • Fishing
  • Access to the West Lake Wetlands

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Lakeview Playground-2(Lakeview Park)

Lakeview Park | 9345 Portage Road, Portage, MI 49002

  • Located on Austin Lake
  • Fishing is permitted off docks
  • Two pavilions available for rent, accommodating 60 and 85 people
  • Volleyball, tennis and basketball courts
  • Baseball diamond
  • Grills, restrooms and picnic tables
  • Two playground areas, one with new equipment for ages 5-12
  • Walking trails

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Oakland Volleyball-1(Oakland Drive Park)

Oakland Drive Park | 7650 Oakland Drive, Portage, 49024

  • Tennis, basketball and volleyball courts
  • Sledding hill
  • Softball field
  • Soccer field
  • Trails
  • Playground equipment
  • Pavilion and restrooms available for public use

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Ramona Beach -1(Ramona Park)

Ramona Park | 8600 South Sprinkle Road, Portage, 49002

  • Basketball, tennis and volleyball courts
  • Soccer and football fields
  • Baseball diamond
  • Grills, restrooms, picnic tables
  • Swimming at Romano Park Beach
  • Three pavilions
  • Fishing
  • Note: Admission from June 10-September 5 is $5 for Portage residents. Annual passes are available

Richland-1 Richland-2 Richland-3(Richland Township Park) 

RICHLAND

Richland Township Park | 5189 N 32nd Street, Richland, 49083

  • 48 acres
  • Playground
  • Walking paths
  • Baseball and softball diamonds
  • Pavilion
  • Gazebo
  • Soccer, rugby and lacrosse fields
  • Volleyball and basketball courts
  • Restrooms and grills available to the public

Did we miss out on your kids favorite totally awesome playground? Let us know!

 

 

 

Leslie P

Leslie is passionate about promoting everything the Kalamazoo area has to offer. A mother of two, she enjoys reading mystery novels, trying out new recipes and browsing Pinterest for new ideas.

 

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