Douglas Walker Park
Douglas Walker is one of the most active parks in the Kent County system. The park is very popular for picnic and shelter reservations and also sees considerable use by field sports including soccer, baseball and softball.
This park serves as a trailhead for the east branch of Kent Trails, with a trail link entering the park at the northwest corner and crossing Buck Creek on the main service drive. All the sports facilities, picnic areas and the shelter are south of Buck Creek. North of the creek, park visitors will find a 20 acre undeveloped natural area.
1195 84th St
Byron Center, MI 49315
May 1 – October 31
7am to Sunset
Picnics & Group Events
Douglas Walker Park offers eight group picnic areas and an enclosed shelter house with a bright airy interior. The shelter house was rebuilt in 1996 and includes a full kitchen with ample counter space, sandstone fireplace and twenty-nine 6ft tables with seating for up to 150 people. The Douglas Walker shelter house is the largest in our park system and also is our only heated shelter, accommodating off-season rentals. The picnic areas include 16 tables and a grill and generally accommodate up to 125 people each.
Baseball & Softball
Along the entry drive to the park, you’ll find a ball diamond that is open for public use.
Open Multipurpose Space
In the southeast corner of the park, you’ll find a large open field that is maintained as a flexible space for other sports
This park includes two playgrounds near the picnic areas and sports fields.
Several soccer fields are available at Douglas Walker Park, in varying sizes for different age groups. The fields are just north of the main parking lot and overflow parking area.
Trailhead for Kent Trails
Kent Trails is a 15-mile trail running from Millennium Park to Byron Center. A connecting route is available at Douglas Walker Park, making the park a good trailhead for Kent Trails adventures. Much of the connection runs along the 76th St corridor. From the trailhead to the junction with Kent Trails is a total distance of nearly 3 miles.
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