Seasonal Recreation


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. Enjoy the late summer beauty at any Portage Park.  Fall is a great opportunity to view the autumn colors along the Portage Creek Bicentennial Parkway.  After the autumn colors have faded, there are plenty of outdoor opportunities for you to enjoy winter in Michigan. 

Watch for the 2014 Summer Recreation Brochure and program information here in May.

Upcoming Events

Family Fishing Fair at Ramona Park
Free Community Event!
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This free community event offers various activities for all ages and abilities, so bring the whole family out to experience the joys and lifetime benefits associated with fishing, boating and aquatic conservation. Whether this is your first time, or you are a fair weather fishing fan, the Family Fishing Fair is sure to bring smiles and good times! Fishing equipment loaners will be on hand for those hoping to reel in their first (or next) catch of the experience necessary as local fishing guides and experts will be on-site to provide all the guidance you need. Activities include lure making, knot tying, fly casting, fly tying, rod rigging, seminars by local fishing experts, boater safety, kayak and paddle board demo’s and much more!

150 Kids will receive a their own fishing rod courtesy of United Water!
For more information or to volunteer for this event, contact the Portage Parks Department at 329-4522.

Event activities provided by: Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery Michigan DNR Lee's Adventure Sports Trout Unlimited Kalamazoo Nature Center Kal-Valley Bass Club Kalamazoo Sail & Power Squadron.

*Michigan Law requires a fishing license for anyone age 17 and older to fish.  A season license or day pass can be purchased at a local sporting goods retailer.

Walk/Run Events

Portagers are encouraged to participate and support these community fundraisers held at Celery Flats and Bicentennial Trail:

Date Event Website
May 3 March for Babies
May 10 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Walk
May 17 CureSearch Walk
May 31 Summer Stroll for Epilepsy
June 1 National Kidney Foundation Walk
September 13 Peacock Strut
September 21 Walk to End Alzheimer's