Parks & Recreation
The Township maintains five (5) parks and four (4) public accesses totaling nearly 600 acres of property, one (1) boat launch and more than 26 miles of non-motorized pathway, with an additional 10 miles being constructed by 2019. Organized recreational programs utilizing facilities within the parks system are provided by the Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority.
In 2016, the Township was able to add 158 acres to the Hofma Park & Preserve—118 acres was generously donated by Esther Witteveen, and 40 acres was acquired through a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant. With a great addition comes great responsibility, and to make sure the Township develops this new parkland in a way that benefits the community a consultant was hired to develop a long-range plan. This plan, The Hofma Vision, is a planning tool the Township will utilize to guide the development of this new asset.The Hofma Vision 2017
Buchanan Street Bike Path Expansion
View the preliminary plans for the Buchanan Street Pathway Expansion.
Facilities such as a shelter, ball field, soccer field or the in-line skating rink may be reserved for exclusive use for varying blocks of time. These facilities are available for reservation between 8:00AM and 10:00PM each day.
Through a collaborative effort between our neighboring communities and Ottawa County, Grand Haven Charter Township is pleased to offer an online reservations system for our park facilities. By clicking here you will be taken to the reservation system which is hosted on the Ottawa County website. All questions or concerns regarding reservations or payments should continue to be directed to Grand Haven Charter Township at (616) 842-5988.
During your park visit, please observe the park Rules & Regulations.
Hofma Park has 120 acres with 1 shelter, a restroom, a soccer field, 78 space parking area, a softball field and a developed playground.
Hofma Preserve has 446 acres with approximately 4.5 miles of trails, an 885 foot floating bridge, 17 space parking area and a restroom.
Mercury Park has 6.71 acres with a restroom, a softball field, an in-line hockey rink, and a developed playground.
Pottawattomie Park has 20.83 acres with 3 shelters, a rest room, 2 volleyball courts, 2 horseshoe pits, a soccer field, a developed playground, 2,750 feet of trails, a floating fishing/viewing platform, 160 feet of boardwalk, and 74 parking spaces.
Millhouse Park has 0.46 acres and is basically an undeveloped neighborhood park.
Odawa/Battle Point Launch
The boat launch facility provides 4 areas for launching, a restroom and parking area. A boat launch permit is required for the launching of any watercraft, including kayaks and canoes.
Daily passes are available for $6.00 at the launch site. If you purchase a daily pass, no credit will be given should you choose later to purchase an annual pass.
Annual permits are also available and must be obtained in person at the Township offices.
$30.00 – for a Grand Haven Charter Township resident
$20.00 – for Grand Haven Charter Township resident 65 or older
$40.00 – for all non-residents of Grand Haven Charter Township
Make sure to completely fill out all of the information on the form, including the trailer plate number (permits will not be issued if the form is incomplete). Forms are also available at the Grand Haven Charter Township offices located at 13300 168th Ave., Grand Haven.
If you own more than one boat/water craft, you can register them all on one form and pay only one fee. Proof of registration showing the same owner for all vessels is required in order to qualify for one fee.
The launching of boats greater than 28-feet in length or any commercial marine equipment is prohibited.
The normal operations for the parks and recreation division includes:
- Open parks daily
- Clean and restock all restrooms daily – repair damage from previous day/night
- Empty trash containers as needed and police grounds for glass and other debris at least every other day
- Police trails for debris monthly
- Paint, repair, re-install trail signs, markers and benches as necessary
- Mow playing fields and surroundings at least twice weekly (averages 72 hours of mowing per week)
- Trim same at least bi-weekly
- Tree trimming of parks and pathway, as required
- Repair and/or paint picnic tables
- Installation and maintenance of playground equipment including swings, tire swings, climbing equipment (painting, bolt tightening and replacement, etc.)
- Fence repair after damage or vandalism
- Maintain and repair observation decks as necessary
- Trail trimming including paths to bridges
- Autumn leaf pick up (considerable amount)
- Maintain 144th Avenue access including mowing, trimming, trash pick up, etc.
- Maintain floating bridges and dock as necessary including replacement of rails, decking and seats
- Maintenance of Buchanan Street and Brucker Street accesses including fences, garbage, mowing, trimming, etc.
- Painting and building maintenance as necessary
- Maintenance of sprinkling system as necessary, blow water out in fall
- Open parks in spring including priming of pumps for domestic and sprinkling, connections of plumbing as necessary, bacterial sampling of water as required by Ottawa County Environmental Health, stock paper supplies, clean restrooms, replace picnic tables in shelters, remove bubbler on floating dock, uncovering of grills, cleaning of floating dock after ducks and geese, repair of any winter damage
- The trails provide a great location to hike, to cross country ski, to bird watch, enjoy nature, or to walk and enjoy the out of doors, or, to ride your bike. Closing of parks in fall including draining of pumps, sprinkling systems and plumbing where possible, blow out where possible, provide anti-freeze as needed, clean stools and urinals, stack picnic tables to prevent snow accumulation on decking, install bubbler on floating dock, cover grills, lock doors and gates
- Quarterly bacterial sampling of wells as required by Ottawa County Environmental Health Department
- Address concerns of contracted person closing parks
- Maintain equipment daily including sharpening of blades, changing of oil, greasing, cleaning of air filters, etc.
- Schedule park reservations
- Clean shelters thoroughly once weekly prior to weekend reservation
- Meet reservation at park at beginning and end of permit to assess park conditions for permit purposes
- Prepare and distribute agendas and minutes of Parks and Recreation meetings
- Sweep pathway at least every third week – blow debris off bridges
- Annually inspect and repair pathway as necessary – usually spring time (walls, pavement, road crossings, etc.)
- Inspect pathway to determine extent of damage if any after new house construction