Huff Park

Creston neighborhood residents vehemently oppose high-density development adjacent and backing up to Huff Park in the city’s northeast second ward. The proposed apartment complexes will encroach on one of Grand Rapids’ most biodiverse parks and wetlands.

Huff Park offers hiking trails in the heart of the city with a paved and boardwalk path for visitors to enjoy. Hikers can also spot a variety of birdlife in the woods and wetland areas. Learn more by clicking here.

What to Expect

From serene wetlands to adrenaline-packed outdoor activities, Huff Park offers something for everyone in the family. Fishing and hiking trails are aplenty, while the playground is sure to please little ones. A picnic is an ideal way to enjoy a leisurely day with the whole family in the midst of beautiful nature.

If you’re craving a caffeine boost, head to the nearby Creston neighborhood and scope out fun eateries and shops like Scorpion Hearts Club or Squibb Coffee Bar. Once you’ve fueled up, take a stroll down Lake Drive and treat the kids to a sugar wonderland at Sticky Fingers.

If you love a good drink, don’t miss the Grand Rapids Whiskey Festival in early April. It’s the perfect opportunity to sample Japanese whiskey, Scotch whisky, or Kentucky bourbon for the first time.

Hiking Trails

Hikers can find a wealth of trails to traverse in the Grand Rapids area. From paved paths to woodsy spots teaming with wildlife, the options are endless.

Explore the 4.2 miles of paved paths and boardwalks around Reeds Lake for a relaxing stroll among beautiful wetlands and woodlands. This is a great place to practice your photography skills or simply take in the scenery and observe the local wildlife.

Head out for a brisk hike at Cascade Peace Park to discover an urban wilderness of natural terrain, wetlands, and wooded forests that are home to diverse plant species and birdlife. This is a short hike with minimal elevation change and is suitable for all skill levels.

Tucked away in Rockford, about 15 miles (22 minutes) north of downtown GR is the Maas Family Nature Preserve — a quiet oasis with over a mile of interconnected loops that wind through woods and wetlands. This is a moderate hike with some modest hills and is dog-friendly on a leash. Discover more about Wyoming here.

Baseball Diamonds

The city of Grand Rapids has a number of baseball diamonds available for public use. Among these is Ted Rasberry Field, the home field for the Inner City Youth Baseball and Softball program. The field has undergone extensive renovations and is now considered a great place for kids to play baseball and other sports.

A petition titled “Preserve Huff Park” has been circulated online by residents of the Creston neighborhood who oppose any high-density development, such as an apartment complex, near the 87-acre park. Gregg Hampshire, executive director of the Creston neighborhood association, said he has heard concerns about the possible development at several neighborhood land use meetings.

Picnic Areas

There are several picnic areas and seats scattered throughout the park, making it easy for families to enjoy a delicious meal outdoors. Kids will love running around the wooded trails and playing on the updated playground, while parents can admire the wetlands and wildlife along the long boardwalk trail.

This unique park is one of the most biodiverse parks in the city, with countless species of plants and animals. This is a critical ecosystem that helps to keep our city healthy and safe for humans. The proposed apartment complexes on the property adjacent and backing up to Huff Park will encroach on these important wetlands, increase traffic in the area, and limit parking options.

If you are looking for a unique picnic spot this summer, look no further than Huff Park. With incredible hiking trails, baseball diamonds, and a playground, this hidden gem is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Find out more!


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