The Parks & Recreation Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Public Services offers year-round seasonal recreation opportunities. With each season come new opportunities and events in which to participate. View the 2013 Summer Recreation Brochure online. Please contact the Portage Parks & Recreation Division by email or by phone at (269) 329-4522 with questions about any of the summer recreation programs.
School of FISH summer day camps at Ramona Park give youth the opportunity to become engaged in fishing activities, educational programs, meet a Michigan DNR Conservation officer and explore the various benefits of outdoor recreation as it relates to fishing, boating and conservation. Park Rangers provide instruction and guidance as youth participate in many hands on activities, and of course...GO FISHING! Space is limited so register early! (Little Lunkers camp is full.) Complete the registration form online and mail it along with your check for payment to the address on the form.
Summer Drama Camps - Kalamazoo Kids on Stage will be held at 12th Street Elementary School. Directed by David Ortega and experienced staff, camps are designed for youngsters interested in musical theater and drama. Learn skills such as voice projection, theater makeup, stage movement, pantomime and improvisation. Primary Camp registration as well as Elementary and Middle School Camp registration forms are available online.
Mother's Day Outdoor Adventure at Ramona Park - Saturday, May 11 from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Honor your mom and celebrate Mother's Day weekend at this unique Outdoor Adventure! Share time together learning to fish, kayak and do yoga with your beloved mother or wife. Each mom will bring home her own special gift of hand crafted spinner earrings which she will learn to make. All supplies, equipment instructors for this adventure are provided, just bring your mom! Free event.
Family Fishing Fair at Ramona Park - Saturday, May 18 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Bring the entire family to celebrate the onset of summer at this exciting day on the shoreline! Families of all ages and abilities can experience fishing, boating and conservation activities, education and instruction. Local fishing guides and professional organizations will share their expertise to help your family start a lifetime of fishing memories. Learn how to tie knots, rig your fishing rod, make your own fishing lures, paddle a kayak and much more. Fishing equipment will be on hand for those hoping to reel in their first (or next) catch of the day.
100 kids will go home with their own fishing rod courtesy of United Water!
Free trees for planting in your yard courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation! (Young trees - 16" - 24" tall, Northern Red Oak, Sugar Maple and Shagbark Hickory)
Plus many more prizes and gifts!
For more information or to volunteer for this event, contact the Parks & Recreation Division at 328-4522.