Celebrate the American Hiking Society’s #NationalTrailsDay with Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Millions of people have found physical, mental, and emotional restoration on trails and in quality green space during the pandemic. Let’s return the favor as a community! Help care for our magnificent trails and advocate for equitable inclusion outdoors by: 1.
Join us for a BioBlitz at Ottawa Sands on May 13, 2022! This event will bring local scientists and conservation organizations together to work with community members to build an awareness of the biodiversity at Ottawa Sands while collecting monitoring data. Last year we hosted our first-ever BioBlitz event at Riverside Park. Beginning before the crack of dawn, scientists and the public scoured the park to document as many species as possible in one day.
Featured Volunteer Workday: Grand Haven High School at Ottawa Sands Last month, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, parks staff hosted a volunteer workday for a group of students from Grand Haven High School at Ottawa Sands.  This workday was part of GHHS’s ‘Day On Challenge’, where students were encouraged to spend the day volunteering in the community.  Stewardship Supervisor, Nealy Molhoek led the students, along with several other volunteers, in removing woody invasive species.
Ottawa Sands Master Plan Updates Lake Michigan Greenway + Grand River Greenway Landmark Gift “The Bill and Bea Idema Foundation has been a great supporter of connecting people with the natural world throughout West Michigan, including major support for the Idema Explorers Trail,” said Bobbi Jones Sabine, Ottawa County Parks Foundation President.

Idema Explorers Trail

Grand River Greenway – Idema Explorers Trail Updates Updated on: June 8, 2022 Construction Updates – 2022 Bill Idema Moraine Nature Segment As you may know, Michigan’s longest river, The Grand River, has a rich natural and cultural history.  To help conserve this resource, Ottawa County Parks manages over 2400 acres of land with over 13 miles of river frontage and is actively expanding protected lands and public access to them.