Autumn StoryWalks

StoryWalks are now available throughout the county! Pages from a featured book will be posted along a path for your family to read together. Stories are available during park hours. Registration not required;  For more information: miOttawa.org/ocpevents. Click on StoryWalks on the left side for more information. Sept. 27- Oct. 3  Outside you Notice Ottawa Sands Oct. 4- Oct. 17 Fry Bread Hawthorn Pond Oct. 12-Oct.

Senior Specials

Did you know that Ottawa County Parks & Recreation offers special senior programs for active adults 55+ years? This season, we are introducing one-hour, themed walks at a variety of Ottawa County Parks. These walks will take a deeper dive into a topic of interest that may focus on natural features of a park, tell the story of cultural connections to place or weave both elements together.

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.
Ottawa County is home to some of Michigan’s most scenic natural spaces and recreational areas, including some of the most visited in the State, including Grand Haven, Holland, and PJ Hoffmaster State Parks. Since the formation of the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission in 1987, the presence of parkland in the County has great expanded and access to natural and recreational land has increased for this growing community.
StoryWalks are now available throughout the county! Pages from a featured book will be posted along a path for your family to read together. Stories are available during park hours. Registration not required; 
for more information: miOttawa.