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Parks and Recreation

Great Parks, Great Experiences!

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The Department of Parks and Recreation is a vital and integral part of the Kalamazoo Community. The mission of the Parks and Recreation Department is to create a community of neighborhoods where people live, work, and play. We accomplish this by being good stewards of the environment, providing dynamic parks, trails and recreation programs for all citizens and by promoting youth development initiatives in support of healthy families.

Click here to view the 2015 Summer Family Fun Guide!

Attention Volleyball Players! 

A meeting of team managers for the upcoming session of adult volleyball will be held on Wednesday, September 16 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the conference room at Mayors' Riverfront Park at 251 Mills St. If you are planning to manage a team or interested in starting one, please join us!


Lunchtime Live!


Foot Golf

The City's Parks & Recreation Department and Red Arrow Golf Course are excited to introduce Foot Golf! Foot Golf combines elements of Golf and Soccer to create a fun-filled game that all ages can play. You can play at Red Arrow Golf Course on Saturdays from 2:00pm until dusk.



The Recreation Division offers a variety of programs. Below is a sampling of the programs we offer:

  • Youth programs, including tutoring and after school programs
  • Youth sports
  • Preschool activities
  • FREE Family Special Events throughout the year
  • Adult Sports 

For up-to-date information on all of our programs and special events, visit our Facebook Page! To register for programs or for more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 269-337-8191 or visit the office located at 251 Mills St between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

2015 Kalamazoo Friends of Recreation Scholarships

Kalamazoo Friends of Recreation offers youth scholarships based on participant need. To qualify, the applicant must be a resident of the City of Kalamazoo and meet the criteria below. If you are unsure if you reside within the City limits, check here: icon Street Directory)

50% off ANY Youth Program

  • Must qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch Program and provide a valid letter/documentation from Kalamazoo Public Schools

100% off ANY Youth Program - Based on federal income guidelines

  • Must qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch Program and provide a valid letter/documentation from Kalamazoo Public Schools
  • Provide IRS 1040 from previous year
  • Provide copies of last 60 days of income (i.e. pay stubs, government assistance, alimony, child support, etc.)

Please allow two weeks for processing. Please contact the Parks & Recreation office at (269) 337-8191 with any questions regarding your specific circumstances.

  If you currently have a scholarship, it remains valid through September 30, 2015.  Information must be provided annually.

icon Scholarship Application (118.88 kB) 

Bronson Park Master Plan Process

The City of Kalamazoo has engaged the consulting firm of O'Boyle, Cowell, Blalock & Associates to complete a historic evaluation, provide rehabilitation & maintenance recommendations, and assemble a master plan for improvements to Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo. This process is currently ongoing and more information may be found here

Bicycle Paths and other information

Kalamazoo is working to make itself more Bike Friendly.  For more information check out this website.

Michigan DNR Passport

Michigan's Recreation Passport to State Parks and So Much More! By purchasing the Recreation Passport when you renew your license plate registration, you'll experience state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized trails, boat launches and hundreds of Passport Perks shopping discounts from around the state. You'll also support historic and cultural sites in state parks and grants for neighborhood parks. Click on the link above for more information on how to obtain your Michigan Passport.

Mayors' Riverfront Park
251 Mills Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49048-2434
Phone: 269-337-8191
Fax: 269-552-6457