Enriching the Quality of Life In the City of Ionia.
Matt Painter has worked with the City of Ionia in Parks and Recreation since July 2003. Mr. Painter was previously employed with Gus Macker.
Mr. Painter is a graduate of Ionia High School, and a 1996 graduate of Ferris State University with a Bachelors Degree in Recreation and Leisure Management.
As the Director of Ionia Parks and Recreation, Mr. Painter is dedicated to the department's "Mission, Vision, and Value" statement. This is a commitment to provide a comprehensive system of year-round quality recreation and leisure services designed to meet the needs of the community, including exceptional programming for health and fitness, and personal enjoyment and enrichment.
The commitment goes on to maintain and improve parks and facilities so that they are attractive, safe, and meet the community's physical and recreational needs. Mr. Painter oversees ten city parks, a river trail, softball fields, and the Armory Community Center with a gymnasium and two conference rooms.
Parks and Recreation Director's Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (616) 523-1800
Fax: (616) 523-1803
The City of Ionia Parks and Recreation department, is located inside the Armory Community Center, at 439 West Main Street, Ionia!
The City of Ionia Parks and Recreation Department, offers recreational programs for adults and youths! Look inside the 'Gold file cabinet' on this page to find program information and registration forms for participation. Note; recreational programs will not appear in the gold file cabinet until it becomes available for registration.
The City of Ionia is pleased to offer a variety of recreational events. Check the red file cabinet on this page for more information.
Also; 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 in.) basketball is used. Teams travel to other towns and will be separated into geographical divisions.There are only two days in which you can register:
Download a File:
Ionia Athletics Youth Basketball Travel League Info
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.
Get Forms, Learn More. Check the red file cabinet on this page to download the Armory Community Center Rental Contract, Rental Rates and Rental Rules and Regulations.
Use the information and forms here to learn about and register for the City of Ionia Recreation programs of your choice. The list is updated seasonally, so please check back for currently listed programs.
Men and Women eighteen years or older. Divisions: Men’s A league, Men’s B league, Co-Ed, Women's. We must have four teams in a division to run a league. Men’s A and B may inter-league play depending on number of teams. If we do not have a CO-ED or Women’s league those teams can play in the Men’s B. Games will be held at the Ionia Middle School Gym. See flyer for details.
Tumble Bumblebees Gymnastics and Tippy Toes Dance. At times, combo classes of Ballet, tap, Hip-Hop, Jazz, are available. Classes are held in the Ionia Armory Basement. Register online or in person at the Armory. Held in Spring and Fall.
Learn fundamental Skills to play Soccer: Passing, Receiving a ball, Trapping, Dribbling, Shooting, Precision. Kids will learn teamwork, perseverance, and decision making. This program is for Boys and Girls ages 4 to 10. Three Divisions: Under 6/ Under 8/ and 10 and Under. Practices and Games begin in April. Games are played in front of the Ionia High School on the soccer fields. Soccer balls and goals are provided by the Parks and Recreation Department. Shin guards are required. Cleat shoes are optional.
MISSION: To provide and establish a wholesome youth tackle football league that promotes sportsmanship and fair play. Where all players get an opportunity to play each game and the emphasis is teaching character, athletic and social skills, and a healthy attitude. That winning is not important objective. Where coaches teach and lead through example.
Available to men and women eighteen years or older. If you are 17 years old and not playing High School sports, you may play on an Adult City League Team by providing a parent/guardian signature. Games are held at the Hardwood Sports Complex - Softball Fields, which are located to the far back behind the Ionia Intermediate School District main building. *A REGISTRATION information sheet providing details, will be available prior to the Fall season. **REGISTER ONLY when the Fall season sign-up information is available. Thank you.
Available to men and women eighteen years or older. If you are 17 years old and not playing High School sports, you may play on an Adult City League Team by providing a parent/guardian signature. Games are held at the Hardwood Sports Complex - Softball Fields, which are located to the far back behind the Ionia Intermediate School District main building. *A REGISTRATION information sheet providing details, will be available prior to the SUMMER season. **REGISTER ONLY when the SUMMER season sign-up information is available. Thank you.
T-Ball, Boys & Girls, ages 3 thru 6 years old, learn the basic fundamentals of baseball such as batting the ball off a stationary T-post, catching a ball, running bases, and how the game is played. Refer to the T-Ball informational flyer for registration dates.
The City of Ionia Five-Year Community Parks and Recreation Plan 2012-2017 has been prepared according to the requirements of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Grants Management Division.
Balice Park is located on East Adams Street and offers swings, handicap accessible play structures, and a picnic area.
Hale Park is located at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Division Street, and offers a playground structure, bathrooms for year-round use, three full basketball courts, a picnic area, a climber, and swings.
Harper Park is located on Bayard Street just west of Cleveland Street. This City park features a playground for the kids, and a nice pavilion, and a ball field, in which you can rent either through the Ionia Parks and Recreation department.
McCann Park is located at the corner of Price Street and Hackett Street, and provides swings, a play structure, and a picnic area.
McConnell Park/Fun Forest is located on East Washington Street and provides a multi-station wood playground, a picnic area, a pavilion (can be rental reserved), and shaded play areas.
Perry Park is located at the corner of Jackson Street and Lincoln Avenue (M-21) and offers two tennis courts, two pickle ball courts, a playground, restrooms , an open field for play, walking, lounging, and a parking area. This park honors Mr. Gerrard F. Perry.
Robison Park is located North of M-21 on State Street/M-66 and Fargo Street, and offers a play structure, swings, a climber, one full basketball court, and a brand new pavilion completed in June 2019 (can be rental reserved) picnic area, and is handicap accessible.
Shattuck Park is located on Colby Street and provides a picnic area, swings, and a basketball court.
Skate Park is located at the Ionia Free Fair Grounds, Highway M-66 (Dexter Street).
Skate Park Rules
These facilities are not supervised and the City of Ionia will not be responsible for any injuries. A parent or guardian should accompany younger children. Skate at your own risk. The skate park is a City of Ionia Park. No bicycles are allowed in the skate park. All skaters should wear approved equipment including a helmet, knee, wrist, and elbow pads. Safety gear is strongly recommended. Keep safety in mind at all times while you skate. Be respectful of other skaters. No swearing, no littering, no glass, no weapons. Please put trash in the provided containers. Music content must be appropriate for all park users, and the volume shall be in conformance with City ordinances. Violation(s) of any City or State law, ordinance, or skate rules will result in a loss of park privileges. The Skate Park and all City of Ionia Parks close at 10 p.m., unless otherwise indicated.
Located on the corner of Adams Street and Dexter Street (M-66). 'Trailhead' park is the newest park of the City of Ionia. A playground, a splash pad, and a pavilion that provides restrooms and picnic tables (can be rental reserved.) The Frederick Meijer Grand River Rail Trail, is adjacent to this park.