City of Plainwell Parks
Plainwell features seven bridges and seven parks, each with their unique identity and amenities. Enjoy a picnic, watch the river roll by, or put your canoe or kayak in the waters of the mightly Kalamazoo at Fannie Pell, Sherwood, or Darrow Parks. Take the kids to the playgrounds at either Hicks, Sherwood, of Thurl Cook Parks. Gather the team for a game of softball, catch, or soccer at Plainwell's Kenyon Park. And taste the many flavors of Plainwell with a treat from Plainwell Ice Cream or Dean's Ice Cream while strolling on our Riverwalk Park, and you'll see why Plainwell is ranked one of the Seven Wonders of Southwest Michigan! The City Parks are planned and maintained in a cooperative effort between the Department of Public Works and the Parks & Trees Commission.
Currently, there are no vacancies on the board. To express interest in serving during a future term, residents of Plainwell may send a letter of interest to Plainwell's City Clerk, 141 N. Main Street, Plainwell, Michigan, 49080.
Parks & Trees Commission Members
Theresa Brooks, Chairperson
Kaye Stewart, Board Member
Sandy Lamorandier, DPW Designee
Marty Lohse, Board Member
Crystal Overhuel, Board Member
Todd Overhuel, Board Member
Sharron Schaafsma, Board Member
250 N. Anderson Street
On the river, this park is used for summer concerts as well as other special events.
607 Hicks Street
A small park .37 acres in size on the west bank of the Kalamazoo river features picnic tables and accessisbility to the adjacent Gilkey Elementary Environmental Lab and nature trail.
Fannie Pell Park
North of downtown where the Millrace and Kalamazoo River meet
Fannie Pell Park is a one acre landscaped park located at the northern end of the Central Business District on Main Street. The park contains a gazebo (frequently used for weddings) picnic tables & canoe landing.
Downtown on W. Bridge
Hicks Park is the oldest park within the city, dating back to 1903, and was named after Joseph Hicks, Plainwell's first Mayor. This beautifully landscaped one acre park is located in the Central Business District, and offers accessible walkways with seating, picnic tables, grills, and a children's playground.
929 Lincoln Parkway
31.5 acre regional park that serves the recreational needs of the City of Plainwell and its neighboring cities and townships. The park features three softball fields, soccer fields, and a picnic pavilion, & restrooms. While the restrooms are locked, a $10 refundable deposit entitles key usage for one week. Contact City Hall to reserve.
River Walk Park
Follows the Mill Race in Hicks Park and ends in Sherwood Park
This .62 mile linear park provides access from Hicks Park to Sherwood Park via a combination of wood boardwalks and concrete walkways that form a trail system. Riverwalk Park also contains a band shell and fishing platform.
121 N. Sherwood
This 3 acre park is on the east bank river and includes a playground, seating area with tables and benches, drinking fountain, basketball courts and sand volleyball courts.
Thurl Cook Park
East end of Oak Street / South end of Glenview Circle
This 5 acre park is just a few blocks northeast of Sherwood Park, featuring a100 ft lighted sledding hill, tennis and basketball courts, sheltered picnic tables, and a restroom facility. Keys for the restroom are available first come first serve at City Hall and require a $10 refundable deposit.
Over several months in 2007, the City of Plainwell in partnership with
Landscape Architecture firm, Abonmarche, has been updating its Five-Year
Recreation Plan. One of the first steps in the highly participatory
process in developing a plan and to ensure the city was meeting the
recreational needs and preferences of the community, was to conduct a
The Executive Summary of this survey can be viewed here:
The City of Plainwell's Community Recreation
2008-2012 was adopted on December 10, 2007 and can be viewed here.
- Previous City of Plainwell Five Year Recreation Plan Update 2002-2007 [read more]