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Parks & Recreation

  1. Photo Contest

    October 1, 2020 - June 14, 2021 @ Portage Parks

    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, 2021. 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; $5 for up to three entries in the Youth category (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 mypark.portagemi.gov for full category descriptions and complete contest rules.

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  2. City Hall Exhibitions - What's in a Name?

    March 8, 2021, 9:00 AM - April 30, 2021, 4:00 PM @ Portage City Hall

    Rotating exhibitions that focus on local arts and history are featured at Portage City Hall throughout the year. The exhibitions are free to the public and are open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM. Ever wonder about the names on some of the streets and other areas in Portage? Discover the history behind names such as Austin, Kilgore, Milham, Dry Prairie and others that created a footprint on the City of Portage we know today. If you have photos or stories to share about people who shaped the early settlement of Portage from 1830 to the early 1900’s, please contact Portage Parks & Recreation to add their history to our archives.

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  3. Alligator Sanctuary Program

    April 10, 2021, 10:00 AM @ Schrier Park

    Mr. "C" of Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary is back and ready to visit your Portage Parks with his animal ambassadors! Come meet scaly snakes, adorable alligators and toting tortoises. You can touch and possibly even hold your favorite animal at the conclusion of the presentation. This program is FREE and registration is required. Space is limited, so don’t wait to register! Visit mypark.portagemi.gov and click on the purple Recreation Activities & Facility Rentals button.

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