Parks Foundation - February Newsletter

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Ottawa County Parks Foundation - February Newsletter

In honor of Valentine's Day we have an update on a love story from last year

Love at Grand Ravines

Julie and Steve

Grand Ravines is a very special place for Julie and Steve, because they had so many great times there together with the dogs-- running, taking pictures, playing in the mud, and exploring the trails. In fact, it was so special that the first time they visited the park they told each other that was where they wanted to get married. Unfortunately, there wedding date was booked, so they ended up changing the date in order to get married there. 

Julie and I looked at a few different venues when we were planning our wedding, but we always came back to Grand Ravines as being the place that meant the most to us and where we always talked about getting married. The lodge, the view, the atmosphere, the numerous spots for pictures...everything was perfect! We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding and start to our life together!

Steve Murrow

Best Parks for a Wedding

Weaver Wedding

Valentine's Day is the second most popular day for couples to get engaged. What is more romantic than getting married at a park. Information on booking a park for your wedding is available here. Some of our favorite parks for a wedding:

Pine Bend, 15400 Polk St, West Olive

Spring Grove, 1800 Greenly St, Grandville

Connor Bayou, 12945 North Cedar Dr, Grand Haven

North Beach, 18775 North Shore Dr, Ferrysburg

Find a Park To Love

Did you know that Ottawa County Parks and Recreation manages 26 parks and 12 open spaces, totaling over 6,500 acres?

This extensive park systems includes trails to hike, bike, and ski, kayak launches, boat launches, swimming beaches, dog parks and event facilities. 

Go to the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation site, select the amenities that matter to you and find a park to love.


Featured Park: Pigeon Creek Park

skier pic at Pigeon

Pigeon Creek Park is a favorite for outdoor winter activities. 

It offers lighted and groomed trails for cross country skiing and skate skiing. Not sure how to ski, you can also sign up for lessons there and rent skis. The also offers snow shoe trails and rentals. 

There is also a lit sledding hill. 

The park is located at 12524 Stanton Street in West Olive. 

To confirm snow conditions your can call ahead at    616-738-9531. 

Upcoming Events

March 23 at 5 - 8 PM, Hemlock Crossing County Park  - Art for the Parks  - Join the Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective for their biggest show of the year as they transform The Nature Center at Hemlock Crossing County Park into an art filled space. 60+ local artists and 200+ original works. Live music. Cash Bar. Light snacks. A $10 donation is suggested at the door and 10% of all art sold to benefit the Ottawa County Parks Foundation.

May 16 at 7 PM, Hemlock Crossing County Park - Veterans of the Ottawa County Poor Farm - From Old Soldiers Homes that cared for Civil War veterans to the V.A. today, Americans have recognized the responsibility to provide haven for our nation’s wounded and aging warriors. But, not all in need found their way to those facilities. It seems oddly shameful and compassionate that a few, who ranged in service to the War of 1812 to World War II, both men and women, would end up at the Ottawa County Poor Farm. This is their story, one of patriotism, sacrifice, and remembrance. RSVP Today! This event is free, though donations are appreciated.

We LOVE parks! Thank you to our supporters!

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