City of Ionia

Parks and Recreation

Enriching the Quality of Life In the City of Ionia.

Meet the Parks and Recreation Director

Matt Painter, City of Ionia Parks and Recreation DirectorMatt 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. 

Current Responsibilities 
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.

5K Run & Walk

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5K Run & Walk
Held at the Ionia fairgrounds
Saturday, July 14, 2018
For all ages!



2018 Triathlon Information
2018 Duathlon Information
2018 Trail Run Information

Are You Ready To Take On The Trail? (XTERRA Home Page)

Register Now *MUST register prior to July 22, 2018.
*No Race Day Registration.

Event is held at the Ionia State Recreation Park. Requires a State of Michigan Park Passport, or a daily park pass.

Adult Recreation Programs

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.

  • Adult City League Basketball: Registration has ended for the 2017 Fall/Winter season.
  • Fall Softball: Register June through August 3, 2018.
  • Summer Softball: Registration has ended for the 2018 Summer season. Download the registration information flyer at the link below.
  • Tae Kwon Do: Self Defense, Fitness, Health, Well-being, Strength. Classes run September-June. No classes in July and August.
  • ZUMBA: A fitness class combining Latin/International dancing with other types of dance for an extra fun-filled hour of exercise. Zumba is for everyone! All ages and levels can do ZUMBA! Mondays and Wednesdays 6pm at Emerson Elementary School. $5 per class.

Youth Recreation Programs

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.

  • Basketball League, 1st-4th Grades, Boys and Girls. Practice to be held on Saturdays at the Ionia Middle School gymnasium. Games will be played on Mondays and/or Wednesdays at the Ionia Armory Community Center Gymnasium. Registration has ended for the 2017 Winter season.
  • Basketball Competitive Traveling League, Girls 3rd-6th grade teams, Boys 3rd-6th grade teams, Girls 7th-8th grade teams, Boys 7th-8th grade teams. Registration has ended for the 2017 Fall season.
  • Basketball Lil' Hoopers March Madness, Boys and Girls coed teams. Division 1 is for ages 4, 5 and 6 years old. Division 2 is for ages 4,8, and 9 years old. Registration has ended for the Spring 2017 season.
  • Cheerleading, 4th/5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Teams will cheer at home games and travel to away games. Participants will receive a uniform to keep. Register June 1, through August 3, 2018. Games will begin in September and run to the 3rd or 4th week in October.
  • Flag Football, Age 4-/1st grade = Div. 1, and 2nd/3rd grade = Div. 2 . Registration begins June 2018.
  • Floor Hockey, games played at the Ionia Armory Community Center Gymnasium. Registration begins June 2018.
  • Gymnastics and Dance, Tumble Bumblebees Gymnastics and Tippy Toes Dance. Combo Classes: Ballet, tap, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Mommy & Me are held in the Ionia Armory Basement. Register online or in person at the Ionia Armory. Spring 2018 Schedule begins April 10th - May 29th, on Tuesday Only.
  • Mid-Michigan Pony Football League, view the MMPFL website at the link below.
  • Soccer IYSOC-Spring Season, Register January 29th through March 16th for the 2018 Spring season. Registration has ended for 2018 Spring season.
  • Soccer, Fall Season, Boys and Girls ages 4 to 10. Games are played on the Soccer fields in front of the Ionia High School. Practices begin the week of August 20th. Games begin Sept. 6, 2018. Register June ~ August 3rd, 2018.
  • Summer Day Camp, June 11th ~ July 13th, 2018.(No camp on July 4th) For children age 5 years to 12 years old. Maximum of 60 Children. A registration form with parent information is available at the link below titled Summer Day Camp 2018.
  • Tackle Football, 4th, 5th, and 6th-8th Grades. 2018 Information flyer and registration form (register now through 7/13/18 ~ No online registration) Tackle Football link below.
  • Tae Kwon Do, promotes Self Defense, Fitness, Health, Well-Being, and Strength. Instructed classes meet in September through June. There are no classes in July and August.
  • T-Ball, Boys & Girls, ages 3 thru 6 years old. Registration has ended for 2018 Spring season.

Documents, Forms and Links

Fred Thwaites Grand River Trail

City of Ionia Fred Thwaites Grand River TrailAmenities 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.

Ionia Armory Community Center

Ionia Armory Community CenterSpecial 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

Balice ParkBalice Park is located on East Adams Street and offers swings, handicap accessible play structures, and a picnic area.

Fun Forest / McConnell Park

Fun Forest / McConnell ParkFun 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

Hale ParkHale 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

Perry ParkPerry 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

 McCann ParkMcCann Park is located at the corner of Price Street and Hackett Street, and provides swings, a play structure, and a picnic area.

Robinson Park

Robinson ParkRobison 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

Shattuck Park is located on Colby Street and provides a picnic area, swings, and a basketball court.

Skate Park

City of Ionia Skate ParkSkate 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.

City Calendar

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114 North Kidd Street  Map
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Phone 616-527-4170

Fax 616-527-0810

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Monday - Friday, 8:00a - 4:00p
(Holiday exception)


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