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Parks and Recreation

Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

The Recreation Department is responsible for the coordination of recreational and sports activities for many groups within the City of Kentwood. The Recreation Department is also responsible for growth and development of many of our beautiful parks.
Mission Statement:
The Kentwood Parks and Recreation Department is an essential service established to improve the overall quality of life for all of Kentwood. 


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We need you!

Kentwood Parks & Recreation also hires seasonal staff and coaches throughout the year. For a list of current employment opportunities, click here.

We frequently need volunteers for various recreation programs and special events. For more information about volunteering opportunities, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (616) 656-5270.

Fall Program Brochure

Check out all of the exciting new special events
programs we have for you in our
2017 Fall Program Brochure!


Summer Program Brochure

Check out all of the exciting new special events
programs we have for you in our
2017 Summer Program Brochure!

New Early Bird Discount!
Register early and save! Enroll by the date next to the little bird and save money! Early bird rates are for both residents and non-residents. Not available for all programs. 

Upcoming Events

End of Summer Food Truck Festival
Saturday, September 16, 11:00am-8:00pm
4900 Breton/4950 Breton SE

Our Bags ‘N Bites Food Truck Rally and Cornhole Tournament has evolved! We’ve partnered with GR Loves Food Trucks to bring the “End of Summer Truck Festival” to Kentwood! With over 30 food trucks, live music, and a cornhole tournament this event is sure to be fun for the whole family.

SouthKent Community Expo
Saturday, September 30, 10:00am-2:00pm
East Kentwood High School, 6230 Kalamazoo SE

This free, four hour event is open to the public and includes a business expo with nearly 100 businesses and an expo taste featuring cuisine from dozens of restaurants and stores. Learn who's hiring and apply for jobs with local businesses at the expo. There will also be a cultural exhibit showcasing the music, art, and talent within the community as well as many family friendly activities. Presented by the City of Kentwood, Cutlerville-Gaines Area Chamber of Commerce, Kentwood Public Schools, and the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce. To reserve a booth at the event, please call Lorraine at (616)656-5278.

Trunk or Treat
Saturday, October 21, 10:00am-12:00pm
Kentwood Public Works, 5068 Breton SE

Kentwood Parks and Recreation has put a fun spin on traditional Trick or Treating! We are excited to bring back Trunk or Treat again this year! This event is designed to give community members a safe and fun environment to trick or treat in. Held at the Kentwood Public Works facility at 5068 Breton SE, kids can dress up in their favorite costume and collect treats from a number of decorated trunks. If you're part of an organization interested in entering a trunk, please call Kentwood Parks & Recreation at (616)656-5270.

Ugly Sweater Cross Country 5k
Saturday, November 18, 12:00pm start
Stormy Creek Golf Course, 3450 36th St. SE

Lace up your running shoes and grab the ugliest sweater you can find and join us for the first annual Ugly Sweater Cross Country 5K! Taking place at Stormy Creek Golf Course, participants will get to explore a fun, curvy, cross country course. Vote for the ugliest sweater! Awards for runners and best dressed. Cost is $25 to participate. Rate increases to $30 on October 1; increases to $35 on November 1. Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/GrandRapids/KentwoodUglySweater5K.




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Valerie Romeo CTRS
Parks & Recreation Director
Phone: (616) 656-5275

Lorraine Beloncis
Assistant Parks 
& Recreation Director
Phone: (616) 656-5278

Denise Dawson CPSI
Parks Programs Administrator
Phone: (616) 656-5323

Laura Barbrick
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Phone: (616) 656-5272

Katelyn Bush CTRS
Recreation Program Coordinator
Phone: (616) 656-5279

Spencer McKellar
Recreation Program Coordinator
Phone: (616) 656-5274

Keni Jo Hudenko
Office Specialist
Phone: (616) 656-5271

Jill Rau
Office Assistant
Phone: (616) 656-5277