Kent County Parks
Kent County Parks

Townsend Park

Picnic and Shelter Rentals

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With eight picnic areas, an enclosed shelterhouse and an historic stone open shelter, Townsend Park offers a variety of options for your group events. The picnic areas each include a grill and sixteen tables seating up to 125 people.

Picnic areas A1, A2 and A3 are on the west side of the main park near Ramsdell Road. A playground is nearby and restrooms are located at the back of the enclosed shelterhouse.

Picnic areas B1 and B2 are more centrally located, between the enclosed and open shelters. These areas also use the restrooms at the enclosed shelter and are near a second playground.

Picnic areas C1, C2 and C3 are in a more secluded area of the park, with Bear Creek flowing around the perimeter. A separate playground and restroom facility are nearby. With ample room for tent set-up and a sense of greater privacy, these picnic areas are the most popular in the park for weddings.

The enclosed shelterhouse includes a full kitchen and seats up to 125 people with 24 6'x30" tables. Additional seating is available outdoors with seven standard picnic tables. The large fieldstone fireplace helps take the chill off fall and spring rentals. In the summer, the ceiling fan and plenty of windows help keep the space comfortable. This facility is a popular rental and books early.

townsend open shelter plaqueThe fieldstone open shelter is centrally located within the park at one of the highest points. It seats up to 96 people and has an outdoor patio with grilling area. A playground is nearby. The picnic tables MUST remain in the shelter and can not be removed.

You can reserve online by clicking the button to the right and navigating through our reservation system, or by calling our office weekdays between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm: 616-632-PARK (7275).

Reservation Fees
Group Picnic Areas $60 per day
Open Shelter $150 per day
Enclosed Shelter 10am - 10pm    
Mon, Tues, Wed or Thur $325    
Fri, Sat or Sun $550    

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townsend enclosed shelter interior (lights were off in this photo)
townsend enclosed shelter front entrance