Parks & Recreation Department

Develops and maintains quality parks and facilities.

Parks & Recreation

(616) 846-2422


Wally Delamater

Director of Public Works

Township/Village Parks

Rycenga Park

80 acres – Located at the north end of West Spring Lake Road

16401 Hemlock
Spring Lake, MI 49456

Rycenga Park is located in both Spring Lake Township and Fruitport Township along Hemlock Road. The park was developed by Spring Lake Township on 40 acres gifted to the Township by Louis & Charles Rycenga . The other 40 acres of the park are leased to the Township by Fruitport Community Schools. The park receives a substantial amount of use from Spring Lake and Fruitport Township residents. Facilities at Rycenga Park include baseball and softball diamonds, covered picnic areas, nature trails, playgrounds, and soccer fields. Rycenga Park also hosts a variety of events for children such as the Great Lakes Soccer League and high school Cross Country trail runs. Rycenga Park is also located on the 12-mile community bike path that goes around Spring Lake, making the park easily and safely accessible by pedestrians and bicyclist.

Although much of the Park is located outside the boundaries of Spring Lake Township, it is maintained by the Township. The Township’s investment in Rycenga Park demonstrates a commitment to enhancing the recreational opportunities for Township residents.

Park Hours:
Dogs must be leashed. No dogs are allowed on the playground or the athletic fields.
April 1 to October 31, 7am to 9:30pm
November 1 to March 31, 8am to 7:30pm

Reserve Park Shelters

Shelter reservations are accepted for May 15 to September 30. Available reservation times are 9am to 2:30pm and 3:30pm to 9pm. Reservation fees are $45 for Township residents and $65 for nonresidents per half-day block. Note – we are sharing a reservation system with the Village of Spring Lake, so the link shows as a Village site.

Bathrooms are not heated and opening is weather dependent. They are generally open from the middle of May to the end of September. There is a permanent portable toilet at the park.

Electricity is provided in the shelters. If the outlets are overloaded, the GFI circuit may trip. Please try using the reset button on the outlet before calling for help.


Reserve Athletic Fields

Contact Spring Lake Recreation at 616-846-5502 or email to reserve athletic fields. There is a team fee for use of the athletic fields.

Water Tower Park

3 Acres – Located at the intersection of Van Wagoner Road and West Spring Lake Road

The park includes basketball courts, tennis court, picnic tables and a large field for soccer or open recreation.

Park updates are in progress. Planned updates are shown on the Water Tower Park site plan.
Water Tower Park Site Plan

Wetland fringe restoration project – Emma Wahlberg Gold Award project

Park Hours:
April 1 to October 31, 7am to 9:30pm
November 1 to March 31, 8am to 7:30pm


Disc Golf
A free disc golf course is available at 925 Wilson St., just west of 174th Ave. (Old Grand Haven Rd). The course was designed by the LakeShore Disc Golf Club and consists of 18 holes.

NOTE: The disc golf course is closed during hunting season:
October 1 to October 21 the park is open 10am to 4pm for disc golfers. The rest of the day is reserved for bow hunters.
November 15 to December 1 the park is closed to disc golfers.

Black Lake Park

80 Acres – Located near the southern boundary of Norton Shores between Wood Road and the eastern shoreline of Little Black Lake.

The park provides passive recreation opportunities, as well as a fully-accessible kayak launch on the south shoreline of Little Black Lake (204 Wilson Rd). Parking for the kayak launch can be reached off Wilson Road, south on Wood Road to 180th Ave, past the Eagles Campground to the end of the road.

The park is operated in conjunction with the City of Norton Shores.

Park Hours:
April 1 to October 31, 7am to 9:30pm
November 1 to March 31, 8am to 7:30pm

Central Park Playground & Picnic Area
Located in the Village off Fruitport Road

Ample parking is available at the west end of the park. Pickleball courts, baseball fields, basketball courts and a playground are available. There are two picnic shelters that can be reserved by calling Village Hall at 616-842-1393.

Linear Park Walking Trail
Adjacent to Central Park from Fruitport Road to downtown Spring Lake

The asphalt path is 1-3/8 miles long and includes resting benches, water fountains, and lights. It is plowed and maintained year around.

Spring Lake Recreation Commission

The Spring Lake Recreation Commission is a cooperative effort between Spring Lake Township, Crockery Township, the Village of Spring Lake and Spring Lake Public Schools. The Commission is charged with planning, promoting, coordinating and operating indoor and outdoor recreation programs, at a reasonable cost, to the citizens of the community.

Parks & Recreation Fund

The Spring Lake Township Parks and Recreation endowment fund was established in 1995 for the purpose of supporting the development, operation and maintenance of Spring Lake Township parks and recreational activities. The fund is administered by the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

A gift to the fund will help ensure the continued development and maintenance of facilities and programs.