Parks and Playgrounds
Within the Village of Sparta there are 8 parks. Seven are owned by the Village and one is owned by Sparta Township. All parks in Sparta are open to everyone.
Frequently Asked Questions
All Village Parks are open from sun rise until dusk.
Download the "Parks Reservation Application" found below on this page.
There is a $50 fee for non-residents, however, the fee can be reimbursed if the park reservation is made 48 prior to the event.
There is no fee for Village Residents or Non-Profit organizations.
If there is an issue as at Village park, please contact Village Hall at (616) 887-8251 for emergencies please contact 911 or non-emergency dispatch at (616) 887-7331.
Yes, alcoholic beverages are allowed in Village Parks. Beer and Wine are allowed, however, liquor is not allowed. Anyone with questions can contact Village Hall at (616) 887-8251.
Yes, Civic Center reservations can be made by calling (616) 887-8251.
190 Olmstead Street, 6.88 Acres
Balyeat Field is located just north of downtown and connects to the Arches Parking Lot by a pedestrian bridge that spans Nash Creek.
The field is named after beloved and longtime Superintendent of Sparta Schools O. E. Balyeat.
Balyeat Field has two soccer fields and a parking area.
Buth Field Dog Park
440 E. Division St./13 Mile Road, 6 Acres
Buth Field is located at the eastern end of the Village on the south side of 13 Mile Rd./E.Division St. behind the commercial properties that line E. Division Street.
The park is 6 acres in size and includes an area for parking and the Village of Sparta's first dog park. The dog park includes a large, fully enclosed, area for large dogs and a smaller, fully enclosed area for small dogs.
While Buth Field has historically had a parking area adjacent to the field, visitors of the park are asked to park behind the businesses located at 476 E. Division until further notice.
The following are the rules and regulations adopted by the Village Council for Buth Field Dog Park.
Dog Park Rules and Regulations Introduction
The following guidelines were established by researching best practices in other dog parks around Michigan and have been reviewed, and approved, the Village Council for the Village of Sparta. These guidelines are in addition to other Village, County or State rules and regulations administering pet ownership, health, and safety, as well as maintenance and noise control in Village Parks.
The guidelines are to ensure well-maintained space that will contribute to both the quality of life and economic vitality of the Village. Park users are expected to show a strong commitment to the park, by taking ownership of its care to meet the needs of dog owners and non-dog owners alike. Through this collective effort the dog park will continue to be a valuable service to the community. If you see someone not following the rules, please kindly remind them this is a shared space with shared responsibilities.
- Users of the park enter at their own and their dog's risk of enjoyment and injury.
- The individual accompanying the dog to the park will be considered the owner for purposes of these guidelines.
- Owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs. Keep dogs close-by and under control. If reasonable control is not possible, do not enter the enclosed areas.
- Dog owners assume any liability for any injury or damage to any person, animal or property caused by their dog(s) or themselves.
- The Village of Sparta does not assume any liability for any injury or damage to any person, animal or property resulting from use of the dog park and waives no immunities granted by law.
- Owners must clean up after their dogs. A waste station has been included in the park for your convenience.
- Before entering, please be sure your dog is calm and balanced. Many dogs would benefit from a long walk before entering the enclosure.
- Do not enter through the second gate with the leash on your dog.
- Both gates must be closed and latched after entering or exiting the area.
- Please carry a leash at all times.
- Under no circumstance should dogs be left unattended.
- Dogs must be properly licensed, healthy, and have current vaccinations.
- All dogs must wear a collar and current registration tags.
- No puppies under four (4) months old or dogs in heat are allowed in the enclosures.
- Be considerate to the neighbors. Dogs that continually bark may need to be muzzled or removed. Please be particularly aware of noise around the quiet hours of mornings and evenings.
- Children under 14-years old may not enter the enclosures without adult supervision.
- Infants or small children are strongly discouraged from entering the off-leash areas.
- Do not bring strollers or other wheeled devices into the enclosures.
- There is a limit of 3 dogs per adult user in each enclosed area at any one time.
- Use common sense concerning the number of dogs in the enclosed areas at one time. If the park seems crowded, wait until a dog leaves before entering.
- Dogs displaying aggressive or under-socialized behavior must be controlled or removed.
- Smoking, eating, dog food or treats, rawhides, and glass containers are prohibited in the enclosures.
- Digging is not allowed. Please do not allow your dog to tear up the grounds.
- Off-leash applies only within the enclosed areas.
- Professional training classes are not allowed in the dog park.
- Please leave the park better than you found it.
Lamoreaux Brothers Veterans Memorial Park
256 Park Street, 2.69 Acres
Lamoreaux Park is best described as a neighborhood park on Sparta’s west side. Lamoreaux Park’s comprises a small city block.
There is a T-ball neighborhood baseball diamond, picnic shelter area, children’s play equipment, water fountain, and open lawn area.
Lamoreaux Park is named for Don, Al, and Howard Lamoreaux, three brothers from Sparta who were killed in action during World War II. A bust of the brothers and a granite memorial rest in one corner of the park. The park hosts an annual Memorial Day Observation.
Sparta Nature Trail
660 E. Division Street, 103 Acres
This undeveloped park is near the east end of Sparta Village along the Rogue River. The Village received this property through a DNR acquisition grant.
The 103 acres is mainly comprised of wetland soils and plant material. A volunteer group has created unimproved nature paths on the dry sections of the property for sightseeing and nature walks.
152 N. State Street, 4.7 Acres
Rogers Park stands as a tribute to William Rogers, a businessman and longstanding resident of Sparta.
Rogers Park is located within the downtown business district. The park envelopes both sides of Nash Creek, with the majority of park property being located on the south side of the creek.
Rogers Park hosts a large band shell with a concrete performance area, playground equipment, paved pedestrian trails, a swing set, and a volleyball court.
Library Memorial Park
80 N. Union Street, .85 Acres
This park is owned and maintained by Sparta Township; however, it is located within the Village limits.
Library Memorial Park is located adjacent to the Sparta Township Carnegie Library on Union Street. This park serves as a memorial for those who lost loved ones during the September 11, 2001 tragedy.
The park consists of a pathway that along the south side of Nash Creek and connects to the pedestrian bridge spanning the creek.
350 N. Aspen Street, 10 Acres
Nash Park is a neighborhood park in the northeast corner of the Village.
Nash Park hosts a Little League baseball diamond and informal parking, leaving the remaining acreage as undeveloped green space and a nature area.
164 E. Gardner Street, 1.01 Acres
Spartan Park is Sparta’s very own “Skate Park” located in the southeast region of the Village.
This park borders both a residential area on two sides and the industrial/commercial area on the other two sides. The park was built specifically for skate boarders and roller blades. The park also includes playground equipment and a basketball court.
Village of Sparta Parks Documents
Download helpful parks documents here.
2017-2022 Sparta Community Recreation Plan (PDF)
Park Reservation Application (PDF)