Welcome to Norton Shores Parks and Recreation
The City of Norton Shores takes pride in the maintenance of the park system. These parks belong to the residents of Norton Shores and are maintained for the enjoyment of all those using the parks. The City of Norton Shores has eight developed sites used for parks and recreational purposes. The Parks & Recreation Division is also responsible for maintaining the grass area, shrubs, trees, flowers, etc. at various city buildings and other locations. Click on the above Parks tab for more information on park locations and improvements.
Arts & Drafts Festival
The 5th annual Arts & Drafts Festival will be held at Ross Park on Friday, August 18 and Saturday, August 19, 2017. It will feature the 41st annual Craft Fair (Saturday only) as well as various activities for the whole family. For additional information, click on the above Arts & Drafts tab or click here to go directly to the Arts & Drafts Festival website.
Ross Park is the only City park which requires a picnic permit for use. Permits are necessary for groups of 50 or more or for use of the covered picnic shelter. Click here for the Ross Park Rules Sheet and Use Permit Form. For availability of specific dates or for more information, please call the Parks & Recreation office at 231-799-6802.
Ross Park contains three of the finest, well-maintained slow pitch fields in the entire area. These fields are used for the Norton Shores Slowpitch Leagues from April to September, Monday through Thursday evenings. Friday, Saturday and Sunday the fields may be rented (as available) at the rate of $15.00 for a two hour period. Information for field rental can also be found at the above link to the Ross Park Rules Sheet and Use Permit Form.
A newly renovated 9-hole disc golf course is located at Ross Park. The course is equipped with baskets at each hole as well as cleared “fairways” from each tee area. The course is open, free of charge, from dawn to dusk – seven days a week. Click here for a map of the park
Library Community Room
The Parks & Recreation Division is in charge of rental arrangements for this room, complete with a kitchen, conference room and separate parking area and entrance. It is available for rental for non-commercial activities to residents of Norton Shores from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. daily (as available.) Rental request forms and a complete list of rules, regulations, and fees are located here. For availability of specific dates, or more information, please call the Parks & Recreation office at 231-799-6802.
Following is a list of the recreational activities the City of Norton Shores Parks & Recreation Division coordinates for its residents and non-residents. Resident participants are those living in Norton Shores or Roosevelt Park. All others are non-residents. A minimum enrollment is necessary to begin or continue a class, which necessitates advance registration. Registrations may be done by mail or by visiting the Parks & Recreation office in the Norton Shores Municipal Building, 4814 Henry Street, Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
- Cheers & Pom-Pons – The Parks Dept. offers combined Little Cheers/Pom-Pons classes in both spring and fall. The fall program runs from mid-October to early December, and the spring session begins in early February and ends in late March. Classes are held Saturday mornings in the community room at the Norton Shores Library and are for students in grade DK through 3rd. Registrations are currently being accepted for the Fall 2017 session. Click for Registration Form
- Youth Hockey - The Norton Shores Youth Hockey Program welcomes all residents and non-residents to the program. The program offers leagues for students from K – 12th grade. Practices and games are held at the L.C. Walker Arena and begin the latter part of September through February. Registration forms are available each year in early August.
- Slow Pitch Leagues - The Norton Shores Recreation Division coordinates summer and fall slow pitch leagues. All games are played at Ross Park, Mondays through Thursdays. Team registrations for the summer leagues begin in early February, and for fall leagues in late July. Click on the above Softball tab for more information.
If you have any questions please contact us.