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Parks and Recreation

Plainwell features seven bridges and seven parks, each with their unique identity and amenities.

Map of all Plainwell 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.

Reservations are available in 4 hour time slots for a pavillon in any of our parks or the gazebo in Fannie Pell Park for a special celebration (family reunion, wedding, birthday party) the fee is:

$25 for City Resident /  $50 for Non Resident 

Fill out this Reservation Form and turn into City Hall. Please remember, no alcoholic beverages are allowed in our parks.

2023-2027 Parks and Recreation Plan

Parks & Trees Commission Members

Matthew Bradley, Chairman
Bunny LaDuke, Vice Chair
Marsha Keeler, Board Member
Shirley DeYoung, Board Member
Cory Redder, Board Member
Robert Nieuwenhuis, Board Member/DPW Superintendent
Todd Overhuel, Board Member/Council Representative

Contact Parks and Trees at

A vacant seat for the Parks and Trees Board is available, if you are interested in being a board member contact:
Plainwell City Clerk
211 N. Main Street
Plainwell, Michigan, 49080

Our Parks

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Bandshell Park: 205 Anderson Street
Darrow Park: 607 Hicks Street
Hicks Park: 101 Allegan Street
Kenyon Park: 929 Lincoln Parkway
Fannie Pell Park: 211 N. Main St.
River Walk Park: Connects Hicks Park and Sherwood Park
Sherwood Park: 121 N. Sherwood
Thurl Cook Park: Upper, 652 Glenview Circle; Lower, 201 Oak St.