Since 1999, the Kent County Parks Foundation has played an integral role in expanding and enhancing our Kent County Parks. We help raise money to help the Kent County Parks Department do three important things:
1. Expand and enhance our existing parks by purchasing land and improving facilities
2. Acquire land to build new parks.
3. Grow our regional trail system
The population of Kent County has tripled since our park system was created, yet we still depend on parks that were created almost 100 years ago to meet the needs of our growing community. Not only do we have a shortage of park land for our current population, but we are falling further behind every day.
Now is the time for us to reinvest in our parks and trails.
Your gift to the Kent County Parks Foundation is not only a gift to your parks, but a gift to everyone
who calls Kent County home - today and tomorrow.
Fallasburg Park is one of the most beloved parks in Kent County. Created in 1928, the park has expanded multiple times to meet the needs of the growing Lowell community. Early in the park's history, when only one in five people owned a car, Fallasburg Park was a favored destination for Kent County residents. The 15 mile drive from Grand Rapids didn't stop people from visiting for a picnic, to watch a game of baseball, or to walk across the historic covered bridge.
Today we have the opportunity to assist with the expansion of Fallasburg Park once again, through the purchase of an additional 20 acres next to the park. This expansion will add overflow parking for events like weddings and the Fallasburg Festival for the Arts, incorporate native landscaping, and expand additional trails through forested areas.
Chief Hazy Cloud Park was the first park in Ada Township, and has been a popular place to picnic along the Grand River since 1927. We're embarking on a multiple-year, multiple-phase project to expand Chief Hazy Could Park and preserve the east bank of the river while expanding recreational opportunities. Creating opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, and more will be the highlight of this park's evolution.
The first phase includes the acquisition of approximately 145 acres of wetlands and forest. Not only will this double the size of the park, but it will protect an additional mile of river bank from development.