Portland is located at the union of the Grand and Looking Glass Rivers. We have a unique location along Interstate I-96 and have great appeal for individuals looking to dwell outside the more urban areas such as Lansing or Grand Rapids. Many travelers discover Portland by accident and stay here by choice. Our city was designated a Main Street community in 2003, and a Michigan Cool City in 2004.
If you enjoy the outdoors then Portland is a must see. While visiting our city you can enjoy over eight miles of paved Rivertrail that connects many of the schools and parks throughout our beautiful town. If you travel the whole trail, you will cross over three historical bridges.
You may also enjoy the following Portland parks:
Alton Park - Located on Grand River Avenue across from St. Patrick's Church, this park is 2.2 acres and has playground equipment, two outdoor basketball courts, ADA accessible restrooms and a drinking fountain.
Bogue Flats Recreation Area - Located off Water Street just past the Red Mill. This park is over 58 acres and includes one large baseball/softball field, one Pony League baseball field, two Little League baseball fields, two T-ball fields, a sand volleyball court, a basketball court, a roller hockey rink, two horse arenas, a pavillion with picnic tables and playground equipment. There are also public restrooms, and it has direct access to the rivertrail.
Boy Scout Park - Located along Canal Street, this park is 1.91 acres with 800 feet of frontage along the Grand River. It includes a canoe launch and access to the rivertrail.
Brush Street Park - This park is just under an acre and is located at the intersection of Brush and Smith Streets. There are two outdoor basketball courts that can also be used for roller hockey, an ADA accessible restroom and playground equipment.
Community Lake Park - Located at the end of Rowe Avenue, this park is 23 acres and has frontage that runs along the Looking Glass River. There are two pavilions with picnic tables, grills, playground equipment and ADA accessible restrooms. This park has direct access to the rivertrail.
Joe Tichvon Park - This park is located on Carl Street, between Grape and West Streets. It is over an acre in size and includes a pavilion with picnic tables, a basketball hoop, playground equipment, an open play area and a drinking fountain.
Portland Fish Ladder - Located off of Lyons Road, west of the city limits, this park offers frontage along the Grand River for fishing, a fish ladder, vault restrooms, a pavilion and picnic tables.
Powers Park - This park is located at the intersection of Grand River Avenue and Water Street and features a lighted softball field with bleachers, restrooms and a drinking fountain. In the winter months this park is turned into an outdoor ice skating rink.
Riverfront Park - Located along Canal Street, this park is one acre and includes a general play area, frontage along the Grand River and access to the rivertrail.
Thompson Field - This park is also located along Canal Street and is over 6 acres. It has three youth softball fields, frontage along the Grand River, a canoe launch and access to the rivertrail.
Two Rivers Park - Located off of Divine Highway, this park is at the point where the Looking Glass and Grand Rivers meet. The park includes a band shell, a memorial dedicated to the 9-11 victims and our fallen soilders, a canoe launch, access to the rivertrail and a pedestrian bridge over the Grand River to the downtown area.
William Toan Park - This park is located at the intersection of Grand River and Water Street and is just under an acre in size. It includes a pavilion with picnic tables, playground equipment, a grill, ADA accessible restrooms, frontage along the Grand River and has access to the rivertrail.
The Portland Parks and Recreation Department will rent out the following park facilities for a fee. Contact them for more information at (517) 647-7985.
Brought to you by the Portland Community Arts Council. Organizer: Jon Brown