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What is the difference between a park and an open space land?

The Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission manages both parks and open space lands. Parks include properties where major improvements have been made such as paved parking lots, rest room buildings, designated trails, picnic shelters, playgrounds and other facilities. Some properties designated as parks are currently unimproved, however, improvements are expected to be developed in the future. Parks have more rigid rules and hunting is NOT allowed in any parks (Archery hunting is allowed with a Special Park Permit at the Crockery Creek Natural Area and the Upper Macatawa Natural Area –see hunting for more information).

Open Space Lands are undeveloped natural lands that have less rigid rules than parks. Most Open Space Lands do not have designated or marked trails and parking areas are usually small. Dogs are allowed to run off-leash in Open Space Lands and Open Space Lands are open to hunting. Some properties are archery only, while others offer firearm and archery hunting. See hunting for more information.

You may find out more information about a specific park or Open Space Land by selecting a property on the map, selecting a property from the lists or selecting a property from the parks chart.