Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Parks Plans & Reports

Strategic Plan

In February 2024, the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission initiated a strategic planning process. Public input was gathered through a brief survey to help guide future initiatives of Ottawa County Parks and Recreation. A public presentation in early June will unveil the survey findings. Stay tuned for more details.

Alongside the public survey, a scientific survey was carried out by Probolsky Research among Ottawa County voters and non-voters. These results will also influence the Strategic Planning process and are available for public review.

Scientific Survey Results

2023 Annual Report

The 2023 Annual Report provides highlights of our efforts to improve recreational opportunities, connect our community to the wonders of nature, and prepare for what lies ahead. A grand opening celebrated West Michigan's first public observatory located at Hemlock Crossing. Two newly completed sections of the Idema Explorers Trail were commemorated with major public events. Several exciting projects are on the horizon. Read the full report to learn more.

2021 Parks Plan

2021 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan

The 2021 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan was finalized in January. Ottawa County residents and park visitors helped build and guide this plan by completing surveys (raw data is available in plan appendices), comment cards, and by directing comments and suggestions to the Parks & Recreation Commission. This plan is updated every five years and ensures eligibility for grant funding from the State of Michigan and provides a road map for park and trail development.

miOttawa Sands Park - A Collective Community Visioning Plan

Ottawa Sands Master Plan

Over a year in the making, the Ottawa Sands County Park Master Plan report was formally accepted by the Parks & Recreation Commission in December 2020.

Previous Years' Plans & Reports