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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 mypark.portagemi.gov for full category descriptions and complete contest rules.

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  2. City Hall Exhibition: History Of Portage Pioneer Families

    May 6, 2022, 8:00 AM - June 24, 2022, 5:00 PM
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    City Hall Atrium 

    These rotating exhibitions are featured in the lobby at Portage City Hall (7900 South Westnedge Avenue) throughout the year and focus on local arts and history. The exhibitions are FREE to the public and are open Monday through Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM. Immerse yourself in Portage’s history and discover what life was like for pioneer families during the 1800s. Learn about the founding families who settled the north west corner of Portage. Explore the family trees of the Brooks and Howard families and find out what compelled them to hang their hats in Portage. Examine the previously unpublicized historical map of the north west corner of Portage and compare it to life today. For a deeper look into the fascinating history of Portage, please join the Historic District Commission for their May 21 Preservation Month Presentation. This event will be located at the Grain Elevator in Celery Flats Historical Area.

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  3. Geo Mystery Tour - Fantastic Forage

    June 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022
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    Portage Parks

    Geocaching with a twist! Hunt for adventure in the Portage Parks System. A different mystery is revealed every other month and it’s up to you to uncover the answers. Join the story at any time, but all adventures must be completed by the last day of the month.

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  4. Scalin' Up for Summer

    June 11, 2022, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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    Celery Flats

    Portage Parks & Recreation is kicking off the summer with our newest event, Scalin' Up for Summer - presented by SUEZ! This event combines the Family Fishing Fair with Reptile Roundup for a whole new adventure and experience. During the event, you will get an up-close look (and touch) of different types of reptiles, explore the world of fishing and boating, participate in aquatic conservation, and learn lure making, knot tying and fly casting. Plus, learn cool reptile facts, characteristics and habitats from fun presentations. This event is one the biggest of the season, so get ready to be wowed by scaly friends. First 100 kids will receive a FREE FISHING ROD courtesy of SUEZ & Future Anglers Association

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