Don’t Let a Little Drizzle Keep You Inside
Spring showers may bring flowers, but they can also bring mud and mess. Don’t let that ruin your fun! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite mess-free playgrounds in the Kalamazoo area the whole family can enjoy.
Although we don’t have year-round sunshine, many of these parks have rubber turf or wood chips to help you stay clean and dry – making just about any park playdate a perfect outing.
Make sure to read on about FREE admission to Ramona Park this season for Portage residents!
7 Mess-Free Parks Around Kalamazoo
Piccadilly Road and Stafford Road, Kalamazoo
A lovely neighborhood park that features rubber turf surface underneath the main play structure. The play structure is a great fit for older kids as there is a lot of room to climb. There are also a couple of baby swings and big kid swings with wood chip surface underneath. NOTE: To access the park you will want to park on one of the road adjacent to the play space and then walk a short paved path to the play area.
Lake Street and Walters Street, Kalamazoo
Upjohn Park features a portions of rubber turf surface, mixed with wood chip areas. This is a large playground with a lot of options for children both large and small. The park also features a small skate park. Upjohn park has been known to flood when the Portage creek is flooded, so it is best avoided when area waters are running high.
3664 South Ninth Street, Kalamazoo
The new playground at Flesher Field features a mix of rubber turf play spaces and wood chip areas. The tot area is geared towards small children and is completely rubber turf. The big kid areas of the playground are wood chip covered as well as the swing set area. There are paved paths that run around the entire park, perfect for a scooter or bike ride. Covered pavilions at the playground are a great way to wait out a brief rain shower.
8600 South Sprinkle Road, Portage
Ideally situated off of Long Lake, you’ll find Ramona Park – a beautiful and fun rubber turfed play space. This is a spacious playground with activities for children both large and small. There are small portions of wood chipped areas, specifically underneath the swing sets.
NEW FOR 2018 beach season: The city of Portage has waived the admission fee for Portage residents. Daily admission is $10 for non-residents.
Texas Corners Farmers Market Playspace
7110 West Q Avenue, Kalamazoo
A great little park that is bustling with activity on days when the Farmers Market is open. The play space is open to the public anytime and features wood chips base directly next to the parking lot for easy access.
4500 West Milham Avenue, Portage
Featuring a rubber turf play area, this park is ideally for older children. Small kids can explore, but the equipment is best suited to efficient climbers.
City of Portage Parks & Recreation
Arcadia Creek Festival Place
Water Street and Edwards Street, Kalamazoo
A great spot to hit when downtown Kalamazoo is Arcadia Creek Festival Place. The play surface is entirely rubber turf. This play space is especially great for older kids. Bring a bike or scooter to make use of the paved areas in the festival place.
Know of another great mess-free park? Please share it with us!