Mission Statement

The Kent County Parks Department enriches lives in Kent County by providing outstanding parks, natural areas and trails that are accessible and inclusive for all County residents. The Department achieves this vision through efficient operations, sound stewardship of resources, active community partnerships, and by preparing for the needs of future generations.

About Kent County Parks

Kent County Parks was established in 1924 and is one of the oldest and largest county parks departments in the state of Michigan. We concentrate on acquiring and managing land rich in natural resources, and on providing outstanding recreational opportunities.

Over the years, the Kent County Parks system has grown to include 43 parks, greenspaces and regional trails totaling 7,448 acres as of January 1st, 2022. Our system’s four regional connector trails and additional trails span over 100 miles, and are maintained within park borders.

We have a long history of operating quality parks and trails, placing a high priority on collaborations with outside agencies and organizations.

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Acres of parks, greenspace & trails

Miles of Trails


Kent County Parks focuses on acquiring and managing land rich in natural resources, and on providing diverse and appealing recreational opportunities. One of Michigan’s largest and oldest parks systems, Kent County Parks maintains a long-standing tradition of forward-thinking leaders, preparing the parks and trails of tomorrow to serve the recreational needs of the County’s growing population.

Kent County Parks is a department of the County of Kent. Our departmental performance measures are available for review on the County’s website, at www.accesskent.com/parks.