COVID-19 Updates from Public Health
COVID-19 Limited Operations, Procedures and Closures

All services are by appointment only at this time.

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Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

  • COVID-19 Parks Updates & Closures
    • The Nature Center at Hemlock Crossing County Park will re-open soon - Date TBA
    • Indoor reservation facilities are closed; new reservations at these facilities are not being accepted at this time.
    • Outdoor nature programs have resumed. Click here to register for a program.
    • Cross-country ski and snowshoes will be available to rent at Pigeon Creek Park. Learn more
    • The Nature Center at Hemlock Crossing County Park will rent snowshoes this winter, more info TBA

Step it Up

Any exercise activity carries risk. Participation in these programs is entirely voluntary and at your own risk.

This free program is designed to help you stay active and explore new parks. Participants of all fitness levels are invited to join. Simply track and report your activity each week to be eligible for weekly raffle prizes.

Participants can look forward to:

  • Setting & achieving fitness goals!
  • Discovering new parks in Ottawa & Allegan counties
  • Physical & mental health tips
  • Healthy eating ideas
  • Incentive prizes
  • Motivation & accountability by logging activity

Group Activities

The Step it Up! program usually offers opportunities to walk as a group each week. At this time, the group activities have been postponed. When we can safely gather again, participants can expect:

  • Guided group walks, varying paces
  • Fun, free recreation activities
  • Meeting new people
  • Until we can get back to our normal routine, participants will receive suggested parks and trails to visit, as well as other health and wellness tips via email.

Look for ideas on how to stay active and get outside from us soon.

Strength & Fitness Tips

The Step it Up! program has partnered with EcoTrek Fitness to provide participants with flexibility and strength training tips. EcoTrek Fitness created these great videos that demonstrate a variety of techniques!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to register?
Yes, you must register to participate in this challenge and group activities.

What is the cost of the Step it Up! Fitness Challenge?
The challenge is completely free. It is covered by grant funding secured by the Ottawa County Department of Public Health.

Do I have to participate in the group activities?
No, the group activities are optional. Join us for one or all of them as your schedule and interest allows. Beginners are encouraged. All of the activities are free.

How fit do I need to be to participate?
All levels of fitness are welcome. Various pace groups will be available at the group walks. Beginners are encouraged to try all of the activities. This is the time to step out of your comfort zone and try something new!

How do I track my activity?
You will login to track your activity.You can log it daily or weekly. Each week that you track your activity you will be entered to win a prize.

What activity do I track?
All the steps you take throughout the day and all of your activity throughout the challenge counts! A minutes-to-steps conversion calculator is available online. A guide to converting other activities (gardening, weights, etc) will also be available for reference.

Do I have to track my activity?
We encourage all participants to track activity. It helps keep you accountable and consistent participation ensures the continuation of grant funding. You must be an active participant in the challenge to register for the Group Adventure Activities. Plus, you might win a prize!

How do I know what’s happening each week?
Every Monday morning, you will receive an email from Ottawa County via GovDelivery. That email will have the link to record your activity, the week’s group activities, and other news.

Contact Amy at (616) 393-5799 with questions.