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Parks & Recreation

  1. Photo Contest Begins

    October 1, 2021 - June 14, 2022

    Along with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Portage Parks & Recreation is seeking submissions of photos from all seasons. Winning photos will be selected from four categories: Seasonal Changes; Outdoor Recreation; Flora, Fauna & Wildlife; and Youth (14 years and under). Photos must be taken in a City of Portage park by June 14, 2022. Limit three entries per category, per person. Photos will be judged by a panel of area photography professionals with prizes awarded for first, second and third place in each category. Entry costs are $10 for up to three entries per category, except Youth, which are $5 for up to three entries (i.e., maximum $30 for nine entries). Prizes: 1st - $75; 2nd -$35 and 3rd -$25 for each of the four categories. Visit the Parks & Recreation “Events” page at for full category descriptions and complete contest rules.

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  2. Ping Pong League - Session 1

    October 6, 2021, 6:00 PM - December 15, 2021
    Portage Senior Center

    Ping pong is a great low impact sport suitable for any athlete! Meet new friends in our recreational ping pong league. Two 10-week sessions are offered. All games for both sessions will start at 6 and 7 PM. Registration for the first session will begin on August 2 and close October 1.

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  3. Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary

    November 20, 2021, 10:00 AM
    Schrier Park

    Mr. “C” of Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary will present live reptiles including American Alligators, lizards, tortoises and a snake. This program is an engaging and up-close experience that everyone can enjoy. Visitors can touch and hold their favorite animal at the conclusion of the presentation. Space is limited. Doors open at 9:45 AM

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Public Services

  1. Brush and Leaf Drop

    November 20, 2021, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    The City of Portage Compost Facility will be open on Saturday, November 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Portage residents to drop off brush and leaves. Brush and leaves must be separated or they will not be collected. Public Works staff will be on site to direct residents to the appropriate location for these items. The compost facility is located at 10905 Oakland Drive, just south of West Osterhout Avenue.

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