Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

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Ottawa Walks

Ottawa Walks was created in partnership with the Ottawa County Department of Public Health in response to participants of Step it Up! requesting a year-round program. A group of volunteers have made that possible.

Ottawa County Parks volunteers host a weekly group walk in parks and neighborhoods throughout the county. These walks are free, and registration is not required at this time (unless otherwise noted). Walks meet rain or shine, but will be canceled for thunderstorms or if school in that district is canceled.

Step it Up! will be back in spring of 2020. Sign up to be alerted when registration opens in March.

Walk Schedule

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walk schedule (valid through March 1, 2020)

Wednesdays at 5:30 pm - Various Locations: Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital group walks with a registered dietitian. Walks are 1-2 miles and cover brief health topics. Registration required to obtain schedule—call (616) 748-2834.

Saturdays at 3:00 pm - Hemlock Crossing in West Olive: Slow to moderate pace. Group will explore the different trails at Hemlock Crossing and observe wildlife. Walks will last about an hour. Meet at trailhead by the bridge.

Tuesdays at 6:00 pm - Grand Ravines North in Jenison: Meet at first parking area on the left when you enter. The walk will go to Grand Valley State University and along the lighted path on Pierce Drive.

Fridays at 10:30 am - Spring Lake Fitness and Aquatic Center (starting on January 1, 2020): Walks will be outdoors when possible. In case of inclement weather, walks will take place inside the Fitness Center. Meet at entrance. Through December 2019, walks will be at Central Park in Spring Lake. Meet by restrooms.

For more information, contact: Amy Sheele, Ottawa County Department of Public Health (616) 393-5799 or