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Love Beers at the Bridge!
A dog park in Ada Township is long overdue. The open lawn area of the gun club (Kent Conservation) would be almost ideal.
Would love to see to see something besides a baseball/softball field at Leonard Field. It's a nice public gathering place for special events like Beers on the Bridge but the fence and dirt infield limit its use for other activities. This could be a good location for a kayak launch or splash pad although parking is limited.
Not sure I see the benefit for a kayak launch pad at this spot on the Thornapple. There is already a launch just east at the confluence of the Grand and Thornapple, and west of Leonard Field is the dam.
The field is also used on a regular basis for softball and baseball. This includes youth travel ball and adult recreational games. I would see no benefit to replacing this with something else
We love Seidman Park just as it is, please don't change anything.
Drinking fountains would be the only thing I would add to Seidman.
Maybe this is a good place for a community garden? It would be close to the future Community Center/Library.
Love Beers at the Bridge at Leonard park! We would love to see a fall event like this as well!
Would love to see a dog park in Ada! Perhaps one with access to the River as well.
I enjoy Roselle several days each week. This year, the "off-path" grassy paths are not being mowed as in the past. I'm a senior and I like to be able to see where I am stepping! Also, it would be nice to have a dog poop disposal can by the new parking lot.
Install a kids Splashpad! See the revised Aberdeen park in Grand Rapids area for inspiration.
Totally agree! Would love a splash pad somewhere for all us new families with young kids!
100% agree!! A splash pad would be a lovely addition to this area.
Please improve the fishing pond maintenance/stocking of fish, bridge repair. We sould spend a lot more time there if it was improved.
I see the DNR boat ramp on the map...since I am a new kayak owner, I would like to see maps available for all the boat ramps. I have a map from the internet but it's hard to read. I'd like one that be easily read with distances, amenities where ramps exist, et.
I'd love to see a "Town Square" somewhere near the center of Ada. A place for people to gather, perhaps with a fountain, public art, seating, etc. Could be situated along Ada Dr. between the new development east of Headley and the existing shops, etc. to the west, to tie together the old and new. (Get rid of the service station!!)
I am a KCCL Neighbor and have noted that they "fire" sometimes outside of their days / hours. Also, I have noted that some of the shots have gotten increasingly louder. Anything that can be done to "tone down" the noise pollution would be very much appreciated by the neighbors.
A splash pad in the new settler grove park near the playground or maybe one on the headly street property would be a great addition for kids
We live very close to the KCCL and there are nights that people are shooting as late as 10:30pm. It's frustrating as a parent to be putting kids to sleep hearing the not-so-soothing sounds of gunshot that late at night. I also wish there was more consistency with hours overall so we could know when to expect a truly quiet time!
Could doggie waste bags be installed and garbage cans?
continue to link Honey creek Rd with Cannon Twp bike paths.
The nature trail adjacent to the school has not been well maintained. Overgrown. Expansion of it around the school property would be great.
would like to see a trash barrel located at the boat launch site.
Instead of encouraging the public to dispose of trash at a boat launch where it is susceptible to blowing into the river, a more responsible approach would be to place "Leave No Trace, Pack it in Pack it Out" signs. Let us charge the public with being responsible for their own trash instead of expecting someone else to dispose of it.
I agree with the "leave no trace" philosophy. If you don't have trash cans people will take their trash with them and dispose of it responsibly, rather than just throwing it on the ground. If you have a can there people see it as an invitation to leave their trash there, even if the can is full and overflowing.
The parking and signage for the walking path along the Grand River needs to be improved. It is lovely walk, but I never know where to park.
Make the lookout at the top of the silo accessible not locked all the time.
Is there opportunity for a community vegetable garden? Perhaps this engages the school system by education young kids on the process of growing and eating healthy foods. It could also call on volunteers in the community to help with maintenance and planting. Community members could sign up purchase crops at a low price, which would help pay for the maintenance.
Lack of non-motorized trail along Pettis severely limits access into Ada Village, especially from the High School. This section of road is especially dangerous with narrow shoulders and guardrails making it dicey for even pedestrians.
Where does one park to explore Carl Creek Preserve?
Could the township add a disc golf course at Roselle Park? Or somewhere else in the township?
Plans to add more areas for kayaks to enter the water systems would be greatly appreciated!
Would like to see an "accessible" kayak launch, like the one in Lowell.
I think a wedding chapel at Roselle Park would be a good addition.
I'd love to see an ice skating rink at Roselle Park. It would be great for people to use the building and facilities there in the winter.
The speed limit on Ada drive needs to be 35mph instead of 45mph. People drive way too fast and with the addition of another school on that street, traffic will be increasing.
trail basically runs on the shoulder of the road. very poor design. not safe, particularly when there is trail traffic in both directions
We love the expanded parking lot and the playground/climbing area!
Roselle Park would be a great spot for a Disc Golf course. Disc Golf is an inexpensive outdoor recreational activity that can be played by all ages and by all socioeconomic levels.
I'd love a disk golf course in Roselle Park! It's a great low cost/high reward outdoor activity.
Stoney Lake in Lowell is a nice place to swim with the family. No motorized boats.
Open road north within park. Trim trees to enable fish casting from shore, Add a dock or 2 for fishing. Add a few picnic tables. Open restroom and service.
Chief Hazy Cloud Expansion: Add a Boat Launch and a Dock. Open Full Service Restroom. Groom a Trail or Build a Boardwalk Trail. Expand Parking access with a parking lot and consider paving it, to prevent washout, ruts and be more friendly to vehicles.
Chief Hazy Cloud: would love to see a path that can connect this park to the Fulton St bridge to connect the park to downtown Ada. I also love the idea of re-opening rest rooms, have a trash can or two, maybe a simple play structure or trail work-out equipment.
Would love to see a splash pad somewhere in downtown ada!
I agree. We need a community pool and /or splash pad
Ada Township needs more shooting ranges that are open during normal hours when people use them. This very short sighted policy just forces more people to target shoot at their homes (which is 100% legal anywhere in the state if not hunting) Remove restrictions on KCCL operating hours and the noise complaints would drop as most of the complainers are actually hearing private property shooting scattered all over the township and concentrate it back in one central location better equipped to facilitate it.
I love the Peace Park. Signage is very clear and the trails are great.
A lovely, underutilized roadside park. A kayak/boat launch/fishing pier would be appreciated. A visible boardwalk w/launch would encourage boaters to put in here for trips to the Knapp bridge launch and beyond. The Ada launch is quite isolated behind Amway.
Adding a kayak launch in downtown Ada on the Thornapple River would also be nice.
A Kayak launch is being installed in downtown Ada with all the new development.
Nice to keep this as green space or a public gathering venue for special events
I think there needs to be more maintenance to the bike/ped path. Often times there is debris from storms or just in general overgrowth on the paths. A few years ago they passed a millage to increase the parks and rec budget to address this but I really don't see any improvement/changes to the paths.
Install a "Hidden Drive" and/or "Slow Down" and/or "Speed Limit 15 mph" sign/s on Ada Dr just west of Bronson St at the Train Bridge because Rix St is hidden to westbound traffic travelling along Ada Dr and traffic turning off Rix St onto Ada Dr cannot see oncoming westbound traffic. Several accidents and many near misses have already occurred at this intersection and increased traffic will only increase the risk of more accidents if this is not addressed.
Install convex mirrors so that traffic coming from Rix and the new housing development across the street can see cars coming from the downtown area. This intersection is very dangerous, particularly when it is icy and difficult to brake at the bottom of the hill.
I agree. We already have a hard time with traffic during the school year but now we will have traffic from the new condos and the new attractions coming from downtown. The bridge was constructed in a way that visibility from the condo entrance is fine but visibility from the other side (rix street and bronson st) is completely blind. I have been told this has been an issue for quite some time with residents who commute on Rix st but the township has ignored their concerns. It would be nice to see/hear something about improving the safety of this intersection.
Install a splash pad! See The revised Aberdeen park in Grand Rapids for inspiration.
Gorgeous resource building! And a huge fan of the silo climbing wall!
Please keep this space green, however, please forest this property with a variety of trees to beautify the area. A heavily wooded area would beautify Headly/Fulton and screen Amway.
Downtown Ada needs a coffee shop/work cafe that supports local business persons. A place that offers that connections to down town, daylight access, power access and a variety of comfortable seating options and a simple breakfast & lunch menu. Jam N'Bean does none of these things. Such a missed opportunity.
We need a Panera in Ada
Nice waterfront views, but not much else going on in this park.
A bike path along Pettis is needed. Students and families cannot commute to FHS on bike or foot safely. Many families would prefer to walk or bike rather than drive to crowded events such as sporting events, musicals/concerts. Also, fans are parked along Pettis or 2 mile Rd during crowded sporting events and walking to the school. There are no street lights on Pettis and it dangerous for pedestrians to be parked alongside Pettis.
A space similar to Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Ada would be fantastic and would bring the community together. A splash pad that could double as an outdoor ice skating rink would be amazing!!!
An ice skating rink/splash pad would be so nice for all of the young families in Ada!
Seeing the large cement slabs recently laid down at Ada Park made my wife and I think how great it would be to have a splash pad at the park. Has this idea ever been considered?
I am suggesting to install a splash pad near the river/community center. I think it would complement the plans for the canoe/kayak rental attraction. This way, the canoe/kayak can attract families with older children while the splash pad can attract those families who have younger children. Additionally, I believe this would be a nice way to cool off after a hot canoe/kayak trip.
I agree on the splash pad idea, they are always a big hit.
A splash pad is an excellent idea! The one in St Joseph is a huge hit and attracts families from all over.
Ada park has a lovely nature program for 3-5 year olds during the school year and some great camps during the summer. We would love to see some programming for school age kids during the school year in the evening or on the weekends. Programs that the entire family could enjoy together would be nice, as well.
Entire family programs would be an asset.
I would like to see more ways to get involved with invasive species removal. The oriental bittersweet and multiflora rose at Siedman Park is getting really bad.
We need a stop light at Rix and Adaway. When turning from Rix to adaway, you can’t see oncoming traffic from downtown Ada and they are going much faster than the speed limit.
I'd love to see a skate park. Young people that don't do organized sports like to do this activity.
I'd love to have a dog park in the area. They are a nice way for people to get to know other members of their community as well as provide beneficial social interactions between dogs.
A Splash pad for kids would draw in a lot of people from surrounding areas. They would then more likely browse all the new stores and eat at some of our great restaurants!
Completely agree! I would love for our community to get a splash pad.
I love the idea of a splash pad. Or a the very least a fountain for kids to play in.
I agree about the splash pad or even a public swimming place for the summer months. We've lived in Ada for 38 years and have always missed a place nearby to take the children or now the grandchildren on a summer day. We do have a lot of water....
A splash pad or pool would be a lovely addition to the village area, not in Seidman Park. Seidman has been an amazing area for hiking and trail walks for our family, and it should remain that way.
I just posted about this without looking through the comments. My fault; however I am 100% on board with this idea. I believe this would complement the canoe/kayak attraction. Our community has a lot of young families (mine included) and this would give us something to do on the hot summer days with our little ones.
We would like to see a disc golf course in Ada Township.
Trail extension on 28th Street east of Buttrick would allow a large population to access the Cascade trail system.
Four way stop needed at this intersection as well as traffic calming. Pedestrians cannot safely cross here anymore and difficult for drivers to see west up the road with cars parked at hardware, Nona’s, etc. traffic calming needed on that whole stretch. Ada is friendly to cars, not necessarily people.
Long term plan with Kent County needs to address the lack of connection between trails on east and west side of the river. The Knapp bridge is a safety hazard for bikers and about impossible for a pedestrian. No family in their right mind would attempt crossing that bridge where people regularly drive 60 MPH. Students can’t commute to Eastern or even Knapp Forest safely. No loop from Ada because if this missing trail segment. Pettis also needs dedicated bike lanes when next resurfaced.
Agree completely. Knapp street needs to be safe to cross river to get to the other side for a walker or family. Never going to go across the bridge on Knapp with traffic currently
Adding a sidewalk/trail into Ada to safely come from neighborhoods nearby
100% agree be someone is hit by a car
A safer, better way to cross Thornapple River Rd from Fase Street is desperately needed. Please do not wait for a tragedy to occur before making a change. I live in Ada Moorings (along with 230+ other homeowners) and we love being able to walk and ride our bikes in to the Village but the intersection of Thornapple and Fase could and should be safer - all of the crosswalks in Ada Village could and should be safer.
I couldnít agree more with this recommendation. Being able to get to downtown safely from Ada Township Park - and all the houses on this side of Fase - is a much needed upgrade. I have 2 young kids and it is so dangerous crossing Thornapple River Dr at this intersection.
At this intersection of the trail, outside of Amway, and across the street from Ada Drive, Amway employees smoke and leave their cigarette butts. Can an ashtray be installed that is impervious to weather and reduces the unsightliness of the cigarette butts?
We are requesting a walk-way be built from Longleaf neighborhood into downtown Ada. We used to live in Longleaf - and are currently building a new home back in the Longleaf neighborhood -- and have a child in a wheelchair -- so, the path would make life much easier to go for walks and bike rides. Please consider this request from so many neighbors and work to make this a plan. Much appreciated!!
I would really love to see a non-motorized trail on Honey Creek from Conservation (Siedman Park) to Pettis.
Install convex mirrors so that traffic coming from Rix and the new housing development across the street can see cars coming from the downtown area. This intersection is very dangerous, particularly when it is icy and difficult to brake at the bottom of the hill.
I wholeheartedly second this suggestion. I have lived off Rix for years and this intersection has ALWAYS been scary. With the large number of additional cars coming from the new development, this is only going to get worse! COnvex mirrors would be a simple solution.
I also live off Rix and agree with the need for mirrors!
Please continue trail system to include Chief Hazy Cloud park
A trail connection from Grand River along Knapp to Pettis is needed. Students/families do not have a safe way to commute to Eastern-FMS/FHS on bike or foot.
It would be great to complete the path along Buttrick from Grand River to Thornapple River and to fill in existing cracks and uneven surfaces on the path. My stroller completely flipped the other day when the front wheel hit one of the uneven surfaces on the path by the Ada Park ball fields!
Paved paths along: Buttrick from Ada Park to Thornapple River; from Vitales on Fulton to Bronson; correctly connecting path fro Bronson in front of Fire station (not understanding the sidewalk to no where that was just put in); sidewalk along the NE side of Thornapple River by Leonard Field from Fase to bridge. - We need to make Ada a more walkable place!
I live off Rix and the constant speeding up and down Rix is dangerous to all pedestrian, biking, dog-walking, etc., traffic. Controls need to be put in place before there's a fatal accident.
This also occurs down Scarborough as people cut across Rix to Scarborough to Adaway. Speed limit is 25, people go 40+ through here. PLEASE put in speed bumps before someone gets hit.
trail with access to river shore line for fishing .
Expansion of trails to include more visible riverside access would be nice.
Expansion of trails to more wooded areas if possible would be nice.
Would be great to see a fenced in dog park at Roselle. Cascade Twp worked with a Cascade vets office to help fund one at Cascade Twp Park. Perhaps Ada Hospital For Animals would pitch in support.
A trail/sidewalk/footbridge connecting this side of town to Fase street would be nice so pedestrians don't need to cross the very dangerous spot at Thornapple River Drive at ball park and Fase street.
Rails to Trails - what is the possibility of converting the rail line that runs from Ada to Lowell into a trail? Is the 'on demand' train service into Lowell critical for the businesses which utilize the service (which I would absolutely understand if it were) or is it a convenient form of transportation. This could also solve the issue of crossing Thornapple River Dr. at Fase St. (Georgie's - Leonard Field).
We use the bike trails quite a bit. It would be really nice to have the trail extend further north on McCabe past Conservation. The traffic on this road is sometimes heavy and people drive fast. Extending the trail would make running and biking in the area much safer.
I'd love to see the trails in Ada connected to Lowell's trails, too.
Trim low tree branches and shrub growth that conflict with bikers and walkers
A trail along vergennes to provide safer access to downtown ada for cyclists and potential walkers. Currently the road has no walking access and is extremely dangerous. It is disconnected with the ADA trail network access. This could also provide a connection between Lowell trails and increasing accessibility to Ada for other communities.
This is a great suggestion! I live along Vergennes and would love this feature as well!
I agree - great idea. Something similar to the one along Bailey Dr would be fantastic.
Many small children and walkers in this area and the cars (Ada Vista and Ada woods people cutting through) come down this hill or around this corner ENTIRELY too fast, something needs to be done (speed bumps, stop sign, police enforcement).
As a dog walker in this area, I agree completely! There is too much speeding, not enough control. Very dangerous.
The bike path needs to be extended along McCabe between Conservation and 2 Mile. This would significantly increase the access to the bike for approximately 80 homes, as well as reduce the likelihood of car/bike/pedestrian incidents.
I would like to see a footbridge over Fulton to safely connect the two sides of the non-motorized trail.
My wife and I live off Adaside and enjoy walking our dog to Downtown Ada for events like Beers on the Bridge. Since there is no path, we end up walking along the street. Too many times over the two and a half years we've lived in our house have we seen cars going way to fast along Rix. Since we're on the street, it's dangerous. We'd really like to see a trail or sidewalk that connects downtown with the neighborhood. Without a path, we're concerned someone is going to get by a car one day.
I agree. I bike and jog along this stretch frequently, as do I see families heading into the village along the road. The blind curve as it turns away from the railroad tracks is an accident waiting to happen as cars go by at 35+ occasionally.
We have lived in AdaTown (on Adaside Drive) since 1984, and we love to walk and bike to Ada's downtown (years ago with our children and now with our grandchildren). Going along Rix is really the only way to go, but there is no sidewalk or bike path along the road, and an accident can easily happen. For example, I have seen a string of bicycling children going up the hill from Ada on Rix, along with a parent, on the right side of the road, with several cars going very slowly behind them. It would take just one impatient car trying to pass the bikes before the curve at the top of the hill, with another car coming around the curve in the opposite direction, to cause a horrendous accident. I think of similar scenarios every time I bike or walk around this curve and up or down the hill with children.
In addition, when I'm driving down Rix into Ada, it's very difficult to see around the railroad bridge on the left without sticking the car's "nose" out into traffic. I don't know how many times I've slammed on the brakes to prevent a car from the left from crashing into me, now that the stoplight has been moved a block further back and traffic is coming faster.
My husband and I live in the Ada Woods neighborhood. We love to walk downtown with our toddler and dog. We take Rix since that connects to our neighborhood. We have been extremely disappointed in drivers on Rix. They go way above the speed limit and it is quite dangerous. Especially on the curve towards to train tracks. With all the effort to create a great walkable downtown, I would love to see a safer pathway along Rix for pedestrians. Even a short cut path over the train tracks to Bronson street would help give better access to downtown and all the amenities.
A path along RIX St. Is a MUST. With all the new initiatives, this area has been completly neglected. It is especially dangerous on the curve, and at the top of the hill closest to Ada Dr.
A trail along Rix would be great.
I am in complete agreement. This is the neighborhood from which walkers will come to attend events in the fabulous new downtown Ada. This neighborhood needs to be made safe for walkers, bikers, dog walkers, etc!
I completely agree. Itís only a matter of time until someone is hit by a car while walking or riding their bike on this part of Rix. There is a plenty of space between the road and railroad tracks.
I completely agree with this suggestion. Essentially we have people walking down from Adatown, Ada woods, and Ada Croft to enjoy downtown Ada and the only way to get down there is by taking Rix. With increased foot traffic along with auto, there needs to be some sort of trail leading down.
I would like to see a crossing over the tracks connecting Rix and Bronson. There is a path there now but you need to maneuver through weeds and railroad tracks. It would be nice to connect the Adatowne neighborhood with west side of Ada.
Yes! Especially since we don't have a sidewalk along Rix. We also need a sidewalk along Rix!
Please connect chief hazy cloud to trail system
Would want to see the paved trail system expanded toward businesses on other side of river toward Lowell and toward Longleaf DR neighborhood.
A walkway/bike path from the Longleaf development into our beautiful new Ada downtown.
We love the bike trails and use them almost everyday but they really need some significant maintenance/repair. Many sections are in bad shape and present safety hazards to walkers, runner and bikers.
I would like to see the foot trail segment of the Grand River Trail paved. I would like to see it connected to the Ada Moorings trail or connected to Fase Street. I would like to see it also connected via bridge over the Thornapple River into downtown and the new riverside park.
It would be wonderful to have a pedestrian bridge over Grand River. I see it's in the master plan but when will it happen?
I would love to see a walking path put in along Rix. This street is so dangerous for walkers and bikers.
100% agree before someone is hit by a car.
Would love to see a bridge from fase street to the downtown to avoid having to cross thorn apple.
A path along Honey Creek Ave (connecting downtown to Seidman park) would be amazing. Honey Creek is pretty dangerous to walk / bike on with the hills and relatively narrow shoulder.
I agree a trail to Sideman would be great
agreed, the lack of a trail along south honey creek ave shows very poor planning from the township planing department, this is one of the most desired segments in the township and forces existing users to risk highly unsafe existing conditions.
This holds true for Vergennes as well.
There is a connection from downtown to Seidman via Bailey/McCabe/Conservation. I know it's a bit out of the way, but Honey Creek is not the only option here.
As a resident that lives on Spaulding AVE near Ada DR. I believe a sidewalk that runs down Spaulding Ave would be a great addition not only for safety but for access to the trail system that runs down Ada DR. Spaulding AVE is such a busy road especially near Ada DR. On top of that the speed limit is 45mph. I often see bikers and walkers passing by that have to use the shoulder or even the grass along the road, right alongside traffic that’s speeding up or already going 45mph. Most of these travelers are trying to access the Ada Drive trail. I know that there is a road widening plan coming very soon, which will help with car congestion but a sidewalk would improve the safe for everyone.
A bike line or connector of some kind for the non-motorized trail through the village on Ada Drive by the shopping and dining core would be a great way to increase traffic to the brewery, shops, etc.
Keep green space open please
Keep it green ! No parking lot, No condos.
It would be wonderful to see this current green space between the post office and the State Farm building remain green rather than sold for office/retail as it's currently zoned. We don't need more businesses and it would help replace all the green space lost in the past 2 years including across the street from this site at the historical museum.
Safe crossing space for everyone.
This would be a terrific place for a splash pad as part of a larger park due to it's library proximity. Maybe a well-maintained community garden where township residents could rent plots annually. Plant a variety of trees throughout the property to provide natural shade while still allowing kids to run around and play.
This would be a great space for additional retail shops and another restaurant.
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