Plainwell is known as “The Island City” because one cannot enter downtown from any direction without first crossing a bridge. The Kalamazoo River and the Plainwell Millrace form an island around the original town plat providing a beautifu, natural and unique setting for Plainwell making it a special place. A vibrant community ideally situated between the metropolitan areas of Grand Rapid and Kalamazoo. You will find our downtown to be the home of quaint shops, unique restaurants and some of the best ice cream in Southwest Michigan, you won't be disappointed.
As you plan your visit make sure to include one or all of the seven parks that offer a variety of recreational activities, stroll along the Riverwalk trail that encompasses the downtown and connects to three parks. Rent a Kayak from Fannie Pell Park, enjoy the Dog Park or play on one of the 5 pickel ball courts in Thurl Cook Park.
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