Parks and Recreation


Plainwell features seven bridges and seven parks:

each with their unique identity and amenities.Click Here to View a Full Map of all Parks.

Enjoy a picnic, watch the river roll by, or put your canoe or kayak in the waters of the mighty Kalamazoo River at Fannie Pell, Sherwood, or Darrow Parks.

Take the kids to the playgrounds at either Hicks, Kenyon, Sherwood, or 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, 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.

Reserve a Park for a special event (family reunion, wedding, birthday party), simply call City Hall (269) 685-6821. There is no fee to reserve the park and please remember no alcoholic beverages are allowed in our Parks.

On the shores of the Kalamazoo river, the Bandshell Park is used for summer concerts as well as other special events.  Click for Map and Directions > > >

A small park, .37 acres in size, on the west bank of the Kalamazoo river – Darrow Park features picnic tables and accessibility to the adjacent Gilkey Elementary Environmental Lab and nature trail.  Click for Map and Directions > > >

Located north of downtown, where the Mill Race and Kalamazoo rivers 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 and kayak landing, and City Hall entrance.  Click Here for Map and Directions

Located downtown on West Bridge Street. 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.  Click for Map and Directions.

A 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, a picnic pavilion, and restrooms. While the restrooms are locked, a $25 refundable deposit entitles key usage for one week. Contact City Hall at 269-685-6821to reserve.  Click for Map and Directions > > >

This .62 mile linear park, made up of boardwalks and concrete walkways,  follows the Mill Race in Hicks Park through Pell Park and continues along the Kalamazoo River under Main St. to  the trestle bridge and across to Sherwood Park. Along the way you will encounter a band shell and fishing platform.

This 3 acre park is on the east bank river and includes a playground, seating area with tables and benches, drinking fountain, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts and an ice rink during the winter.  The Veterans Memorial is situated on the north end of the Park.   Click for Map and Directions > > >

Located at the east end of Oak Street and the south end of Glenview Circle, this 5 acre park is just a few blocks northeast of Sherwood Park, and features a 100 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 $25 refundable deposit.

For Map and Directions, click here.

Five-Year Recreation Plan

The 2016-2020 Parks and Recreation Plan

Parks & Trees Commission Members

  • Marcus Taylor, Chairman
  • Justin Burchett,Vice Chair
  • Marsha Keeler, Board Member
  • Bunny LaDuke, Board Member
  • Matthew Bradley, Board Member
  • Sandy Lamorandier, DPW Designee
  • Todd Overhuel, Board Member/Council Representative

    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, 211 N. Main Street, Plainwell, Michigan, 49080.


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