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Parks & Recreation

  1. Parks & Recreation Photo Contest Open

    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. Garlic Mustard Pull

    May 1, 2022, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Ramona Park & Beach

    Garlic mustard is the most destructive invasive plant in Portage, with its rapid growth impeding native plants. Volunteer with the City of Portage Environmental Board to learn how to identify garlic mustard, remove it and properly dispose of it. All ages are welcome to participate. All garlic mustard pulls take place from 9 AM - 12 PM. Subscribe to Environmental Board updates, including weather cancellations and additional volunteer opportunities. Visit and select "NotifyMe" from the home page.

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  3. Portage Farmers Market

    May 1, 2022, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    City Hall Parking Lot (7900 South Westnedge Avenue)

    The Portage Farmers Market opens May 1 and runs through October 16, every Sunday from 9 AM – 1 PM. Browse local vendors offering fresh produce, meat, eggs, fruits, baked goods, flowers, crafts, gifts, and more! Vendors interested in participating may contact Portage Parks & Recreation at (269) 329-4522. For more information or to check vendor offerings, go to or visit us on Facebook @PortageMarketMI and Instagram @PortageMarket.

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  4. 14th Annual Green-A-Thon & Sneak Peek Farmers Market

    May 1, 2022, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    City Hall Parking Lot

    The Portage Youth Advisory Committee, in cooperation with the Portage Environmental Board and Park Board, will host the 14th annual Green- A-Thon to celebrate Earth Day. Green-A-Thon 2022 will include a “sneak peek” Portage Farmers Market! This unique event will be held outdoors at Portage City Hall on Sunday, May 1. The FREE event will feature fun, food and activities for all. Representatives from local organizations and businesses will provide education on environmental ideas you can utilize in your home or business. Meet individuals who are committed to promoting environmentally-friendly action in Portage. The City of Portage is currently receiving applications from organizations and businesses that would like to be featured at the 2022 Green-A-Thon. Interested vendors can sign up online at or contact the City Clerk’s Office at (269) 329-4511 or

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