I recently took an afternoon off for the soul purpose of taking in some of the new and exciting developments in the Forest Hills area, east of Grand Rapids. I am not talking about housing developments. I am talking about recreational developments. As I meandered my way heading south on Grand River Dr. (between Knapp and E. Fulton), I was surprised to see how beautiful the new bike/walking path is going to be. It is almost finished with some stretches fully useable.
As I followed this gorgeous stretch of road and path, I was noticing how the developers did such a great job of making the path blend in and compliment the nature alongside it. There were sections of wooden boardwalk and bridges where the path wound through wetland areas. There were sections that provided scenic stops. One area in particular had a small covered bridge that you can bike or walk through. It was very inviting. I found myself wishing I would have had my bike along with me.
A nice place to stop along that stretch is the new Roselle Park. It was then that I was faced with another regret. The long and winding asphalt path that headed towards field and woods was calling me, but I had no walking shoes. So there I went heals and all on one of the most beautiful walk ways I have been on in a long time. This Ada Township Park has 247 acres of property that when complete will also include a canoe landing, playground, pavilion, picnic area and fishing pond. What more could you want?
As you begin the trek you can't help but notice 2 recycled and renovated silos. One of them has a winding stairway that goes to the top, complete with a look out platform. I have been told that this will soon be opening for the public. Later on down the asphalt trek I saw an amazing observation deck overlooking a gorgeous field where birds and animals can be viewed. Finally, you arrive alongside The Grand River in all her beauty. The trail does not stop there, as it continues winding its way through woods and field and on back to the parking area. It was such a beautiful hike. I can't wait to walk or run this trail again, only not in high heals the next time. I have blisters to remind me of that.
If you live in the area or plan to make a visit to Grand Rapids, I hope you have an opportunity to see and experience this pathway and Roselle Park, I would encourage you to check it out. It is well worth a drive and a quiet long walk.
Today as I look out my office window (only a week since I took these photos), there is snow on the ground, but don't let the winter weather keep you away. This area would be a most spectacular walk blanketed with white snow. Ada Township's plans are to keep the bike/walking path along Grand River Dr. plowed during the winter season. If you would like to know more about the Forest Hills or Greater Grand Rapids area please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit me at my website at www.sueprins.com
Get out there and enjoy the day!! Do what I did and take time off to appreciate the beauty of the Forest Hills area.
All Photography- By Sue Prins