Favorite Parks & Playgrounds Around Kalamazoo

With options such as splash pads, beaches, small slides, sand boxes, trails and other innovative play structures, there is no shortage of outdoor family fun around Kalamazoo.

This park guide will help you find the perfect park for your family to spend the day – or make plans to visit them all! We’ve listed play places in town, as well as a few around Southwest Michigan that are worth the drive.

Here’s our list of 11 parks and playgrounds to explore with kids at little or no cost.

Get out and Play – Kalamazoo Area


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

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



(River Oaks Park)


Markin Glen Park | 5300 North Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo

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


(Markin Glen Park)

Texas Township Playground | 7110 West Q Avenue, Kalamazoo

(Texas Township Playground)


Flesher Field | 3664 South 9th Street, Oshtemo

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

(Flesher Field)

Oshtemo Township Park | 7275 West Main Street, Kalamazoo

  • Playground areas for toddler and older children
  • Pickleball, tennis & basektball courts
  • Two pavilions
  • Wiffleball field
  • 18 hole disc golf course
  • Restrooms


(Oshtemo Township Park)


Kindleberger Park | 650 S Riverview Drive, Parchment

  • Baseball diamond complex with four fields & two softball diamonds
  • Two playground areas
  • Three pavilions
  • Skating area
  • Tennis courts
  • Walking paths & gazebo

Kindleberger Play-2 (Kindleberger Park)


Sherwood Park | 121 North Sherwood, Plainwell

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

Sherwood-1 Sherwood-2 (Sherwood Park)


Celery Flats | 7335 Garden Lane, Portage

  • Playground area
  • Gazebo & Historical buildings (available for rent)
  • Trails
  • Amphitheater with summer entertainment

Celery Flats -1

(Celery Flats)

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

(West Lake Nature Preserve)


Lakeview Park | 9345 Portage Road, Portage

  • Located on Austin Lake – fishing is permitted off docks
  • Two pavilions available for rent
  • Volleyball, tennis and basketball courts
  • Baseball diamond
  • Grills, restrooms and picnic tables
  • Two playground areas & walking trails


Lakeview Playground-2

(Lakeview Park)


Oakland Drive Park | 7650 Oakland Drive, Portage

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

Oakland Slide 2

(Oakland Drive Park)


Ramona Park | 8600 South Sprinkle Road, Portage

  • Basketball, tennis and volleyball courts
  • Soccer and football fields, Baseball diamond
  • Grills, restrooms, picnic tables, three pavilions
  • Swimming & fishing

Ramona Park-1

(Ramona Park)



Richland Township Park | 5189 N 32nd Street, Richland

  • 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

Richland-1 Richland-3(Richland Township Park) 

Other Reader Mentions – Worth the Drive

Kids Paradise Park | 200 South Liberty Street, Paw Paw

Galesburg Community Park | 200 East Michigan Avenue (behind City Hall), Galesburg

Scidmore Park | 112 Spring Street, Three Rivers

ANYbodies Playground (Bailey Park) | 1400 Capital Avenue NE, Battle Creek

Northside Park | Watson Road, north of River Street, Otsego

Play Space Playground at Cedar Creek Institute | 701 West Cloverdale Road, Hastings

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By |2018-08-02T06:49:37+00:00June 19th, 2018|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Kids, Newly Published, Outdoor Play, Parent resources, PLAY, summer fun, Things to Do|Comments Off on Get Outside and Play: The BEST Parks & Playgrounds Around Kalamazoo

About the Author:

Robin is a native Michigander and mother of two. She has a keen eye for discovering deals and an honest desire to share local activities and family fun. In addition to enjoying early mornings with strong coffee, she likes hanging outside with her kids, biking and reading.