Parks & Recreation

City of Ionia Parks and Recreation

Recreational News

Santa Mail 

We are working with Santa again this year!  The festivities begin on Friday November 17th when Santa's Mailbox returns.  Stop by anytime prior to December 15th and drop off a letter to Santa.  No postage necessary.  

Santa will be sure to write you back prior to Christmas, but you must include your name and return address to help the elves make sure you receive your letter!  

Dog Park Coming Soon

The City of Ionia has received funding from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to construct a dog park downtown near the corner of Adams and Steele Streets. The dog park will cost $375,000 with 80% of the funds provided by the grant. View the Dog Park Site Plan (PDF) and Concept Renderings (PDF) to visualize what the park will look like.

Parks & Recreation Plan Update

The City of Ionia is currently in the process of updating its 5-year Parks and Recreation Plan. The proposed plan will be valid for 2024-2028. The plan will require a recommendation from the Planning Commission and a formal adoption from the City Council. There will be a public review and comment period available prior to action being taken by the Commission and Council. City Council will take action on this proposed plan at its December 6 meeting. Review the Draft Parks and Rec. Plan (2024-2028) (PDF) to see future Parks and Recreation goals.

Ionia Armory Community Center

Special Events

Whether it's a conference, party, meeting, or class, we can help. We have three rooms available at the Ionia Armory Community Center that you can rent for any event. Alcohol is allowed with a permit and liability insurance rider. The center is equipped with special needs accessibility ramps and an elevator. The Armory Community Center is a non-smoking facility.


The gymnasium is ideal for receptions and it seats 250 people. Tables and chairs are provided and set up for you. The Lions Room accommodates 20 people and can be used as conference-style seating or a smaller group party. The American Bumper Room accommodates 30 people and can be used as conference-style seating or a smaller group party.

Adult & Youth Recreation Programs

This program, sponsored by Biggby Coffee, is for 1st-4th graders.  Teams are coed and split into two divisions, 1st and 2nd grade in division 1 and 3rd and 4th graders in division 2 respectively.  

As this is done in coordination with IPS, all registrations are $55.  

Registration closed at 5pm on 11/17.  Division 2 (3rd and 4th) is full.  There are a few remaining spots in division 1 (1st and 2nd).  Late fees may apply.  You may e-mail or call 616-523-1800 to check on remaining availability.  

For more information, review the 1st-4th Basketball Info Flyer (PDF).

Available Through Ionia High School

Basketball Competitive Travel League, a youth program of the 'Red Cedar Hoops' is offered through Ionia Public Schools, for Girls and Boys divisions in 3rd/4th grades, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade. An Intermediate sized (28.5 inches) basketball is used.   Contact Scott Swinehart, Laurie Hoppough, or Andy Barr for additional information.