Whatever the season, Ada Township Parks & Recreation Department offers programs for all ages on a variety of topics. Take a walk with a naturalist, learn about the nigh sky, participate in the annual bird count, or try your skills at cross-country skiing or snowshoeing!
“Winter Night Sky and Star Watch”
Wednesday, January 9 and Thursday February 7 7:00 p.m.
Roselle Park Building $3/adult $2/youth
Two evenings set to observe the winter night sky out at Roselle Park. Indoor presentation and orientation to the winter sky followed by outside observation time. Star chars and other observation tools provided. Telescopes welcome, dress to be both inside and outdoors.
“Winter Fun & Skills Day”
Saturday January 26 10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Roselle Park $10/Feeder kit 9:30-10:30 Free! (donations accepted)
A morning of fun with introductions to winter activities. Learn about winter birds, snowshoeing and xc-skiing. Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus on hand with demonstration xc-skis and snowshoes. Hike, ski, and snowshoe -weather provided. Snacks and hot drinks will follow. Stay to learn how to identify local winder birds and how to improve the habitat in your backyard so you can attract more birds. Build a wooden bird feeder to take home. All material and supplies will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Prep for backyard bird count February 15-18.
“Adventure Challenge —Winter Version”
Youth 9-12 Saturday February 9 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Roselle Park $5.00
A drop off program for youth ready for an adventure outside in the park. Meet up in the community resource room to set up teams and receive your “challenge”. Teams will then follow clues that take them through the park in a series of fun challenges. Each challenge is based on outdoor skills, winter ecology and fun! Prizes and refreshments at the end. Wear your snow boots!
"Parks Update & Public Input Session"
Wednesday, January 16 6:30 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.
Our recent Recreation Needs Assessment reviewed the Township park facilities, recreation programs and potential for future opportunities. This event will highlight our findings, recommendations and provide an opportunity for your comments and questions. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with displays, presentation at 7:00 p.m., followed by time for comment and input. Held in the Community Resource room at Roselle Park, 1010 Grand River Dr., Ada.
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School Based Programs
Opportunities for PreK-12 schools include guided field trips in the Parks, service learning projects, and rental of park facilities. For details, curriculum, fees if applicable, and scheduling, please contact the Park office.
Boy and Girl Scout Programs
Scout groups are welcome to the resources of Ada Parks and staff to help complete badge requirements, conduct field trips, or rent a facility. Contact the Park office for details, curriculum, fees, and scheduling.
Other Area Programs & Recreation Links
The Ada Township Parks & Recreation Department provides community members with opportunities for the enjoyment of nature and other recreational opportunities. However, there are additional local organizations that serve Ada residents. Below is a list of helpful links:
- T-Ball, Southeast YMCA (Call 616-285-9077)
- Baseball, Thornapple Valley Baseball League www.tvbl.org
- Soccer, American Youth Soccer Organization www.ayso-soccer.com
- Youth Golf, FHPS Community Services www.enjoylearning.com
- Cheer, FHPS Community Services www.enjoylearning.com
- Youth Basketball, FHPS Community Services www.enjoylearning.com
- Swim, FHPS Community Services www.enjoylearning.com
- Children and Nature Network www.childrenandnature.org
Both Forest Hills and Lowell Public Schools offer a wide variety of youth and teen sport camps during the summer. Visit their websites for more information at www.fhps.k12.mi.us and www.lowellschools.com.
The Forest Hills Public Schools Community Services offers classes in computers, languages, exercise, sciences and visual arts for both adult and children. Check out their website for a complete list at www.enjoylearning.com.