Observatory Groundbreaking

Join us for a groundbreaking ceremony of the public observatory at Hemlock Crossing Park! September 11, 6:30-7 pm | Hemlock Crossing Construction will begin this fall on West Michigan’s first public observatory, which will be located at Hemlock Crossing County Park. The facility will be operated in partnership with the Shoreline Amateur Astronomical Association. The 15-foot diameter observatory building will house a 16-inch permanently mounted telescope for the education and enjoyment of West Michigan citizens.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreational Activities Ottawa County Parks offer miles of un-groomed cross-country ski trails and places to explore on snowshoes, but two parks are considered winter destinations: Pigeon Creek Park offers groomed cross-country ski trails, ski and snowshoe rentals, ski lessons, sledding and more. Hemlock Crossing Park is another popular destination during winter offering snowshoe rentals at the Nature Center. Click here to learn more about these locations Trail conditions website: miOttawa.
Parks Bingo Careerline Tech Center’s futurePREP’d program and Ottawa County Parks & Recreation are hosting a series of events to encourage students and their families to get outside this fall. This will be the kick-off event for Hope College’s Little Read Lakeshore program, an annual, month-long community-wide reading program. The community focus book is “Galapagos Girl” that tells the story of how a young girl connects to the natural world while living on the Galapagos islands.
Help us care for the parks you love! If you have never volunteered for a stewardship workday before, here’s what you should know: Bring work gloves (preferably leather), insect repellent, and appropriate attire for the outdoors. All tools, drinking water, and snacks will be provided. No preregistration is required. All ages welcome; those under 16 must be supervised by an adult.

Nesting Bird Field Trip Report

Report from the birding field On Saturday, June 23 Ottawa County Parks hosted a Nesting Bird Field Trip. Thank you so much to Consumer’s Energy for allowing the group to tour the JH Campbell’s ash fields, an area generally closed to the public. Species that are very hard to find or non-existent elsewhere in our area were abundant at this location.