The City of Grand Ledge has numerous parks and activities available for its residents and visitors. Fitzgerald Park, Island Park, Jaycee Park, and Oak Park are all located within the City and offer walking, picnicking, sports activities, playgrounds, wildlife, and much more.
In addition to the recreational opportunities available in the City’s parks, the City also offers organized recreation programs including archery, arts and crafts, baseball, flag football, golf, gymnastics, softball, swimming, track and field, and much more. Information and registration forms are available online, but must be printed and mailed or delivered to City Hall, 200 E. Jefferson St., Grand Ledge MI 48837.
Fitzgerald Park is located on the west side of Grand Ledge, off W. Jefferson St. It is an Eaton County park with picnic sites, three miles of nature trails, two ball diamonds, a volleyball court, a basketball court, two horseshoe pits, a sledding hill, a playground, cross-country ski trails, an 18-hole disc golf course, a nature center, and a canoe launch.
Island Park is located on the largest of Grand Ledge’s famous “Seven Islands.” At the turn of the 19th Century, it held a hotel, casino, roller coaster, and resort. Now, Island Park is the venue for the Color Cruise and Island Festival, the Island Art Fair, Civil War encampments during Victorian Day, and numerous weddings.
Jaycee Park is located on W. River St. on the Grand River. There is a pavilion available for rent, a playground, a basketball court, a volleyball court, and the riverwalk joins Jaycee Park with Island Park.
Oak Park is the home of Grand Ledge’s eponymous sandstone quartz ledges. Towering fifty feet above the Grand River, the ledges also gave the City its original name used by the Native Americans: “Big Rocks.” Amateur rock climbers, photographers, artists, and others visit the ledges throughout the year. The ledges are accessible from Oak Park by following the path from the lookout, down to the river’s edge.