Our network

Sports & Recreation

My Town: Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer with dogs July 15

My Town: Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer with dogs July 15

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer with your favorite canine and help the Humane Society of West Michigan Tuesday, July 15.

Participants who bring their dog for a run around Reeds Lake at 6 p.m. can get a post-run root beer float, dog treats and prizes, courtesy of Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids, Lolë Grand Rapids and Asics.  Visitors are encouraged to bring donations of dry or canned dog, treats and gently used blankets or towels for the animals at Humane Society of West Michigan.

Participants are encouraged to register by visiting the event page on Facebook.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town Walker: Trail renamed to honor late parks supporter

My Town Walker: Trail renamed to honor late parks supporter

-------NEWS RELEASE------

WALKER, Mich. – The Kent County Parks Foundation is pleased to announce that four miles of trails in Millennium Park will forever be recognized as the Sandy Hansen Shoreline Trails.  Part of the Fred Meijer Millennium Trail Network, the Sandy Hansen Shoreline Trails include a one-mile nature trail and three miles of paved, multi-purpose trail. 

Sandy is remembered for her passion for nature and birds, a legacy she nurtured in her three children and eleven grandchildren.  She volunteered for West Michigan Environmental Action Council, was active in the Audubon Society, and was a long-time supporter of the Kent County Parks Foundation.  When she passed away in January, her husband of 49 years, Dick Hansen, along with their children, Rick, Beth, Kristi and the grandchildren, pledged a significant gift in Sandy’s honor to memorialize her love of nature and parks.   

My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The Media Giants and Catholic Charities West Michigan Padres will battle it out at Fifth Third Ballpark as “Let’s Go to Bat for Kids” returns this Thursday, June 26 with even more family-friendly events.

More than 1,200 people are expected to fill the ballpark for the fundraiser, which supports Catholic Charities West Michigan.  Tickets are free and can be reserved by visiting the organization’s website.  In addition to the softball game between local priests and media personalities, families may take part in a Lego building station, face painting, crafts, a doughnut dunking station and meet Crash of the West Michigan Whitecaps.

My Town: Millennium Park to host National Trails Day celebration June 7

My Town: Millennium Park to host National Trails Day celebration June 7

WYOMING, Mich.—  Community members are invited to celebrate National Trails Day this weekend with a one mile or two mile walk through Kent County’s Millennium Park.

Recreation departments from Wyoming, Walker, Kentwood and Kent County are teaming up to host the Fun & Fitness Walk this Saturday, June 7.  The event is one of more than 2,000 activities planned nationwide, to promote park activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The national Walk in the Park event will begin at 9 a.m. Registration will be available on site that morning.  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will provide water and snacks. Strollers are permitted; however, pets are not allowed. Area parks and recreation departments and trail advocacy groups will be on hand to share information on local walking clubs and trails.

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center hiring

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center hiring

WALKER, Mich.—Blandford Nature Center is looking for another employee to join their team.

The center recently posted an opening for a part-time development administrative assistant.  A qualified candidate will have a degree in nonprofit or public administration with experience in fundraising and working knowledge of Giftworks, MS Office Suite, Social Media and WordPress.

Applications will be accepted until June 17.  Blandford’s goal is to grow the part-time position into a full-time opportunity in 2015.  For links to the job announcement and application form, click here.

My Town Walker: Millennium Park splash pad expected to reopen

My Town Walker: Millennium Park splash pad expected to reopen

WALKER, Mich.—The splashing is about to begin at West Michigan’s largest urban park.

Millennium Park’s splash pad will officially reopen May 28.  The Kent County Parks Department has offered a reduced admission for adults ($3), seniors ($2) and children ($1)  while the splash pad has been closed for renovations.  Prices are expected to rise by $1 once the splash pad reopens at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

A park official says crews had to wait for temperatures to remain consistently warm for five consecutive days to add a new surface coat of paint.  Workers also switched out a couple of water features on the splash pad, which is ten years old.  The splash pad will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, Millennium Park has also begun offering beach and boat rentals for the season.  For more information, call (616) 632-7275.