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, listen to an exciting presentation, or see up-close wildlife!
Summer Youth Program Registration Open!
Sign your child up for a summer of fun with Ada Parks! Day camps offered for ages 6-11 with various themes. Fun filled half day programs offered for ages 3-12. Themes and activities include, fishing, biking, canoeing, art, sports, and much more!
Spring Family Programs:
“Up Close and Wild”
Thursday, May 2 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
$5/person Roselle Park
Pre-registration requested as seating is limited.
National Trail Day – Group Hike
Saturday, June 1 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
FREE Seidman Park
National Trail Day sponsored by the American Hiking Society, see www.americanhiking.org.
Spring Adult Programs
Managing Your Property for Invasive Plants
Wednesday, April 17 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
$5/Person Roselle Park
Spring Wildflower Walks
Thursday, May 9 & Saturday, May 11 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
$3/adults $2/youth Carl Creek Crossings Preserve
Adult Softball Programs
Leagues for men’s slow pitch, fast pitch and coed slow pitch are offered for spring and summer. We begin accepting 2019 softball team registrations in February 2019.
Team registration forms and fees are due by March 19, 2019. The entry fee is $735 per team which includes softballs, umpire fees, team awards, MASA sanction fees and league tournament. Spring/summer leagues play April 30 – July 31, 2019. Fall softball program runs August – October.
Check the "Softball" page for more information.
Grand River Triathlon
Sunday, June 9 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thornapple River Drive and Buttrick Drive
Registration and information at: www.grandrapidstriathlon.com.
Summer Youth Programs
Summer youth programs will include half day and full day options for a variety of age groups:
Discovery Days- for ages 3-5 with parent/guardian
Young Explorers- for ages 5-7
Junior Naturalists- for ages 8-11
Outdoor Adventurers- for ages 10-13
Summer Day Camp Adventures- for ages 6-12
Register Now for the 2019 Ada Kids' Garden!
Ages 9-12 Tuesdays: April 23 – September 17
Next to Ada Community Church
This unique gardening program runs April 23 to September 17. Participants gain a “full season” experience from soil preparation and planting to harvest and sales. Learn to grow and manage a garden, sell your harvested produce at the Farmers Market and contribute to a food pantry. Runs after school in the spring and fall and mornings in the summer. Participants earn a Jr. Master Gardener certificate. $100/full season, $95/second year gardeners; $10/session alternative available. Ada residents receive 10% discount.
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.