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 is pleased to offer a variety of recreational events. Download program information at the links below, and from the "Documents and Links" file cabinet on this page.
The City of Ionia is pleased to offer several recreation programs for adults. Download program information at the links below, and from the "Documents and Links" file cabinet on this page.
Recreation Program Registration, Online
The City of Ionia coordinates many recreation programs for youth. Download program information at the links below, and from the "Documents and Links" file cabinet on this page.
Download a File:
Flag Football Game Schedule
Flag Football Flyer
Gymnastics and Dance Flyer
Soccer Flyer (Fall)
Soccer Game Schedule U6
Soccer Game Schedule U8
Soccer Game Schedule U10
Tackle Football Flyer
Tae Kwon Do Flyer
Recreation Program Registration, Online
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.
Amenities at the Fred Thwaites Grand River Trail include Picnicking, Boardwalk, Bridges, a Fishing Deck, and a Boat Dock.
Get a Trail map and see a montage of Trail photos at the links below.
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 file cabinet above on this page to download the Armory Community Center Rental Contract, Rental Rates and Rental Rules and Regulations.
Balice Park is located on East Adams Street and offers swings, handicap accessible play structures, and a picnic area.
Fun Forest / McConnell Park is located on East Washington Street and provides a multi-station wood playground, a picnic area, a pavilion (can be reserved), and shaded play areas.
Hale Park is located at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Division Street, and offers a play structure, bathrooms for year-round use, three full basketball courts, a picnic area, a climber, and swings.
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. The park honors Mr. Gerrard F. Perry.
McCann Park is located at the corner of Price Street and Hackett Street, and provides swings, a play structure, and a picnic area.
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, a 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.