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Old 01-24-2010, 07:50 PM
 
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Haven't been to GR in a few years but I really like the area. Can you tell me about the parks/trails system (or lack thereof) in Grand Rapids. We love to camp/hike/fish as much as possible. Is this something we would be able to do easily in GR? Also, we have young kids and love to take them to local parks to play on the equipment but also to take them on short hikes throughout the woods/rivers .. .about once a week. Would this be a possibility if we lived in GR? Are there lots of areas to walk dogs off leash? Dog parks ?
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Old 01-25-2010, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Haven't been to GR in a few years but I really like the area. Can you tell me about the parks/trails system (or lack thereof) in Grand Rapids. We love to camp/hike/fish as much as possible. Is this something we would be able to do easily in GR? Also, we have young kids and love to take them to local parks to play on the equipment but also to take them on short hikes throughout the woods/rivers .. .about once a week. Would this be a possibility if we lived in GR? Are there lots of areas to walk dogs off leash? Dog parks ?
This is a good site for parks info. Most of the parks and trails fall under Kent County's jurisdiction:

accessKent | Kent County Parks
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Old 01-26-2010, 04:19 PM
 
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thank for the info. can you give me an overall opinion on the quality and quantity of parks in the GR? I know some cities have great access and highly integrated parks systems within the city itself and was just trying to get a feel if GR was set up in this way as well.
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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Millenium Park in Grand Rapids is well on its way to being a world-class example of City/County collaboration in creation of a park.

I highly recommend a visit. It's spectacular and accessible by bike trial.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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thank for the info. can you give me an overall opinion on the quality and quantity of parks in the GR? I know some cities have great access and highly integrated parks systems within the city itself and was just trying to get a feel if GR was set up in this way as well.
The Kent Trails system runs throughout the city and county, and they keep adding more linkages every year. There are some great mountain biking areas North of Grand Rapids, and the White Pine Trail is pretty nice; runs from downtown GR all the way up to Cadillac (50 or 60 miles).
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Old 01-27-2010, 07:00 PM
 
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The Kent Trails system runs throughout the city and county, and they keep adding more linkages every year. There are some great mountain biking areas North of Grand Rapids, and the White Pine Trail is pretty nice; runs from downtown GR all the way up to Cadillac (50 or 60 miles).
GR to Big Rapids is about 60 miles. Big Rapids to Cadillac is about 40 miles. So GR to Cadillac is about 100 miles.
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:31 PM
 
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The White Pine Trail is indeed 100 miles:
White Pine Trail (http://www.whitepinetrail.com/about - broken link)
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Old 01-28-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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sounds like GR is really trying in that department and I'm glad to here it. What can you tell me about the weather during the winter months in this area? Tons of snow similar to Kalamazoo? Is there a large population of people who make use of the trails and regularly spend time doing physical stuff like biking, skiing, running . . . all year round?
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Old 01-28-2010, 06:15 PM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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I believe Kalamazoo gets a tiny bit more snow, but to give you a sense, GR has had over 100" of snow twice in the last three years. While that is above the long-term average, most people I know were ecstatic to have some great winter weather to play in.

There are also (always) complainers. Some people don't like snow day after day. To each his or her own I suppose.

There are plenty of people who enjoy the outdoors in the winter around here. If that's your bag, you will have no trouble finding playmates. Similarly, there are plenty of people who think that's crazy and basically hole up until spring.

Spring/Summer/Fall is a different story. I think a large portion of the population of West Michigan looks at those seasons as the outdoors seasons. Many many people will be outside for those seasons.
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:31 PM
 
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Here in my neighborhood in Cascade Township, we have a tons of walkers/joggers/bikers that use the bike trail that connects to other townships like Ada, etc. The township even plows the trail in the wintertime. We use it frequently, even in the winter time. The bike trails gets used a lot more in the spring, summer, and fall like suydam mentioned.
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