February 2019
Walker Parks & Recreation e-Newsletter
July is National Parks & Recreation Month!
Since 1985 Americans have been celebrating National Park and Recreation month in July.

As our Walker Recreation Department recognizes and celebrates this month, we also are encouraging you to get outside, explore local parks and enjoy outdoor activities!

Scroll down to read more below!
Drop-In 3 on 3 Basketball
Court is in Session
Starting April 29, 2019 every Monday 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. our two basketball courts behind Walker Ice & Fitness Center will be reserved for FREE drop in 3 on 3 Basketball. Ball not provided.
Adult Softball
Take it one pitch at a time and one day at a time
Don’t forget about our adult softball leagues! Have a local business sponsor a team and get out and have a great time! We have men’s, women’s and coed leagues. Registrations will begin March 25, 2019. Games start the week of June 3, 2019 and are played Monday – Thursday evenings.

“Life will always throw you curves, just keep fouling them off,
the right pitch will come and when it does be prepared to run the bases”
Spring Coed Youth Soccer
"We get a kick out of this game"
  • Registrations February 1, 2019 – February 28, 2019

  • 5-6 yr. old age group is $30 for Walker residents and $40 for non-residents

  • 7-8 yr. old, 9-10 yr. old and 11-12-13 yr. old age groups is $40 for Walker residents and $50 for non-residents

  • There is a $5.00 discount for each additional family member registered

  • There will be a $10.00 LATE FEE charged for any registrations received after the February 28th deadline

Register Online Here or at the Walker Ice & Fitness Center
Inline Roller Hockey
Don't go through life without GOALS
Starting May 1, 2019, we will have our outdoor inline rink reserved for FREE drop in every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. We do have limited youth goalie equipment for rent at the front desk at Walker Ice & Fitness for a $10.00 fee. No other equipment provided.

“Let’s keep it rolling and have a good time”
Drop In Volleyball
Bump, set, spike it...that's the way we like it!
Starting April 30, 2019 every Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., our two sand Volleyball courts will be reserved for FREE drop in beach Volleyball! Ball not provided.

Meet some new friends while you experience the outdoors, exercise and have fun!
Senior Bowling Tournament
Every January we host a two-day Senior Bowling Tournament. You can choose to bowl either day. This year our tournament was on January 17 and 18 at Lincoln Lanes. Over 120 bowlers attended over the two days. What’s great about this tournament is that not only does everyone have a lot of fun, but you don’t have to bowl a lot to be able to enjoy this, we have all level of bowlers join us every year. The Recreation Department has been hosting this event for 28 years and we can’t wait to host again next year so make sure to look for more information in December. 
Thank you to the following businesses for their donations to the 2019 Senior Citizen's Bowling Tournament
AAC CREDIT UNION
ALFANO’S PIZZA
ARNIE’S RESTAURANT
BC PIZZA
BED BATH & BEYOND
BRANN'S RESTAURANT
CHEMICAL BANK
CULVER’S RESTAURANT
FILLING STATION RESTAURANT 
FREDDY’S STEAKBURGERS HONEYBAKED HAM
INTERURBAN DEPOT CAFÉ
JERSEY MIKES 
JIMMY JOHN’S SANDWICH SHOP 
LINCOLN COUNTRY CLUB LUDWICK’S DONUTS
MEIJER INC. 
MUFFLER MAN
OLIVE GARDEN
PEPPERMILL GRILL
POP'S RESTAURANT
RYLEE'S ACE HARDWARE
SANDY'S DONUT
HOUSE SERV-U-SUCCESS
SOBIE MEATS
SPORTS CLIPS
SUBWAY SANDWICH SHOP
THREE HAPPINESS
TROPICAL SMOOTHIES
WALKER FIRE DEPT
WALKER POLICE DEPT
ALPINE NAIL & SPA
APPLEBEE’S
BOARDWALK SUBS
BOB EVAN'S
BUFFALO WILD WINGS
CHOW HOUND
FAZOLI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
FIRST WOK RESTAURANT
THE LOCAL
HUNGRY HOWIES PIZZA INDEPENDENT BANK
IRONWOOD BAR & GRILL
JET’S PIZZA
JJ WRIGHT SALON
MOMMA'S HOME
MISTER CAR WASH
O'REILLY AUTO PARTS
PAPA MURPHYS
PEPPINO'S PIZZA
RUSS' RESTAURANT
SAM'S CLUB
SHOT'S GRILL
SPARTAN Nash
STADIUM HAIR
SWAN INN RESTAURANT
TRIGO PIZZA CO. (PIZZA HUT) UCCELLO'S 
WALKER ICE & FITNESS
WILDERNESS EXPRESSIONS
WMCR CORPORATION (KFC)
July is National Parks & Recreation Month!
I t’s time to recognize the importance of parks and recreation in establishing and maintaining quality of life within our community for all ages.                   

What is National Park and Recreation month?
Since 1985 Americans have been celebrating National Park and Recreation month in July. As our Walker Recreation Department recognizes and celebrates this month, we also are encouraging you to get outside, explore local parks and enjoy outdoor activities!

Why celebrate parks?
  • To find connections across communities: Access to parks is equally important as ensuring the presence of parks and has the power to connect several communities.
  • To support the environment: Parks play an important role in the environmental health by cleaning water, preserving wildlife, and offering a refuge to humans and animals throughout the seasons.
  • To explore local ecosystems: Did you know that parks are not just plots of grass? Sports fields, beaches, trails and many other spaces can be parks offering a host of recreation opportunities!

Why get active outside?
  • To increase children’s chances of success in school: Kids with access to safe parks and playgrounds are more likely to engage in physical activities - kids who are physically active do better in school.
  • To contribute to the maintenance of a healthy weight: Local parks and recreation departments help promote physical activity.
  • To have a more positive outlook: Spending time outdoors reduces stress and improves mental health. Exposure to nature improves creativity, decreases stress hormones and calms aggression.

Help us help you and celebrate National Park & Recreation month with us!

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Save the Date for FREE Community Events
City of Walker Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 13 at 11:00 a.m.

Outdoor Event at
Walker Ice & Fitness Center
(4151 Remembrance Rd NW)
Children 3- 8 years old can hunt for wrapped candy prized and plastic eggs redeemable for prizes.
2 year olds and under can walk through the bunny trail for treats!

Easter Bunny will be available for pictures!

Hunt starts promptly at 11:00 a.m., please arrive early so you don't miss it!
2019 City of Walker Memorial Day Parade
The Memorial Day Parade has been a Walker tradition for many, many years. Please join us in honoring those veterans that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. All Veterans, bands, floats, scout troops, businesses and organizations are invited to participate in this year’s parade. 

The Memorial Day parade is on Monday, May 27 at 12:00 noon. Entry deadline is Monday, May 6, 2019. Entry forms are available via our website:  www.walkericeandfitness.com 
Walker Standale Summer Concert Series
Join your community on June 13, July 11 and August 8 for our Annual Walker Standale Summer Concert Series.

Concerts are held at Walker Community Park (700 Cummings Ave) from 6:30 -8:30 p.m.

This FREE series is family-friendly; friendly dogs also welcomed on leashes. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Food will be sold onsite by a local restaurant. Water and pop can be purchased through KDL Walker Branch.
Walker Pumpkin Bash
Save the date for our ever-popular Walker Pumpkin Bash on Saturday, October 5 from 1:30-3:00 p.m at City Hall. FREE event for families.

Free pumpkins for the first 1,000 kids, pumpkin decorating stations, free donuts and cider, trick or treating with local businesses, live petting zoo with the Critter Barn and more!
Walker Winter Fest
Walker Winter Fest will be held on Thursday, December 5 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Walker Ice and Fitness Center. This event is mostly indoors!

Santa and his elves will be visiting from the North Pole along with live reindeer! Enjoy ice skating, hot cocoa and cookies, holiday crafts, live music and more. An official tree lighting will be held at 7:00 p.m. to kick-off the holiday season in Walker!
Starting October 1, 2019, the City of Walker Parks & Recreation Department will be collecting items to donate to the Grand Rapids Home for Veteran’s again. In the past 2 years we have donated an entire truck full of items thanks to all the help from our Walker community and beyond! This year help us honor our Veteran’s by doubling last year’s donations!

Drop off location is in the lobby at Walker Ice & Fitness. Please see the list of items in need below. Remember no expired items will be accepted.
Clothing
Women's (all sizes)
Men's short sleeved shirts
Men's boxer briefs - NEW
Baseball caps - NEW
Tennis Shoes with Velcro
Diabetic socks - NEW

Entertainment
New DVDS
New DVD players
Magazines - current
Cordless headphones
New board games
Toiletries
Dandruff shampoo
Shaving cream
Denture adhesive (polident and fixodent)
Body wash
Body/hand lotion
Mouthwash
Electric 3 head razors
Disposable razors
Miscellaneous Items
Postage Stamps
New batteries
Sunglasses
Coffee K-cups

Individually Wrapped
Candy bars
Potato chips
Cookies
Fred Meijer Standale Trail Update:
Thanks to our many followers on Facebook who help advocate for the trail and share information with the community. In response to some questions we’ve received about winter trail availability: The City of Walker only maintains a short stretch during the winter from Lake Michigan Drive south to Sunset primarily for city access needs. While this may leave some runners ‘out in the cold’, it makes for fantastic snowshoeing or cross-country skiing without the hassle of packing up your gear or paying access fees for local golf courses.

As we look ahead to spring, we have a lot of exciting ideas for trail season, and our next meeting will be our main planning session for the coming year. We’re always looking for community members to share thoughts, help organize, and promote the trail. Come find out how you and your family can get involved. Join us at the Walker Ice & Fitness Center on Tuesday, Feb 26 from 6:30-7:30. Items on the agenda include:

  • Outreach and advocacy
  • City event volunteers
  • Other local volunteer opportunities
  • 5k fun run
  • Organized trail rides
  • Fresh ideas!
Rent a Park Pavilion for your Next Gathering!
The Walker Parks & Recreation Department would be happy to help reserve a pavilion for you! We have several available:
Alpine Estates
Bathroom Facility
Basketball Court
Playground
Ball Field
Walking Trails
Community Park
Bathroom Facility
Pickleball Court
Tennis Courts
Basketball Court
Ball Field
Soccer Field
Playground (newly updated)
City Central Park
Bathroom Facility
Playground
Volleyball Courts
Pickleball Court
Tennis Court
Fishing Pond
Basketball Courts
Inline Skating Rink
Walking Trails
Ball Fields
Soccer Fields
Reserve any of our park facilities ONLINE !!!

Contact Walker Parks & Rec for more information and pricing at 616-735-6286 or email sjohnson@walkericeandfitness.com or mmay@walkericeandfitness.com .  
City Park Addresses
HARMON FIELD                           
0 SUNSET HILLS AVE. S.W.        

CITY CENTRAL PARK                
4243 REMEMBRANCE RD. N.W.

COMMUNITY PARK
700 CUMMINGS AVE. N.W.

ENGLISH HILLS PARK
3070 IPSWICH DR. N.W.
ALPINE ESTATE PARK               
1364 THREE MILE RD. N.W.      

LINCOLN LAWNS PARK
LINCOLN LAWNS DR. N.W.

WEST CHESTERFIELD NEIGHBORHOOD PARK
811 WILSON NW
(END OF CLAYTON)

ORCHARD RIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD PARK
2154 APPLEGATE DR. NW