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The Cascades

The Cascades, also known as the Cascade Falls, are one of Jackson’s most unique and spectacular attractions. Visitors may gaze at the twinkling lights while enjoying a variety of music, cooled by a fine mist from the powerful fountains. Regularly scheduled live music nights, known as Family Fun Nights, occur throughout the summer on Wednesday nights. Live music can also be enjoyed every Saturday in the summer in the Rotary Bandshell in the Sparks (Cascades) Park

The Spectacular Fireworks at The Cascades

Three times a year, fireworks displays burst in the air above The Cascades , to the delight of hundreds or thousands of viewers. Since its creation, millions of people have enjoyed the beauty of The Cascades.

The Cascades Falls Fast Facts

This man-made waterfall thrills visitors from across the globe with six immense fountains, three reflecting pools and 16 falls. In the spring of 2013, the 1,230 incandescent bulbs in the falls were replaced with 90 LED rope lights. The Cascades impressive display is 500 feet long, 64 feet wide and 60 feet deep, making for a dazzling scene as the sun sets and the stars begin to shine. 

A landmark springs to life

William Sparks was a prominent Jackson citizen who dreamed of giving something back to the community he loved. Sparks began a non-profit organization in 1929 in order to develop the swampy land near his home into a recreation spot. Not content to simply create a few picnic areas, Sparks’ dream grew to include a championship golf course, landscaped grounds, The Cascades and much more.

A fountain in Barcelona, Spain served as Sparks’ inspiration for The Cascades. After extensive planning and testing, this amazing creation was unveiled on May 9, 1932 amidst elaborate celebrations. Within a few years, The Cascades were known around the world. Today, the visitor logbooks include entries from every state and from 33 countries.

The legacy of the Falls

Following his death in 1943, Sparks’ widow donated the entire park and The Cascades to Jackson County. For more than 75 years, The Cascades have captivated local residents and visitors from around the world. Jackson’s most famous landmark promises to amaze and delight for generations to come.

The Cascades are operated by the Jackson County Parks Department. Historic photos courtesy of the Jackson District Library and fireworks photo courtesy of Tom Steele. 

Group Tour Information

Groups are encouraged to contact the Jackson County Parks Department at 517-788-7320 for a special behind the scenes tour and pricing information. Guided historic tours of this man-made illuminated waterfall usually last about a half hour and take place before evening light shows in the summer.  Groups should plan to spend 1.5 to 2 hours on site.

This 457 acre park has so much more to do. Learn more about Sparks (Cascades) Park.

Related Calendar Events

· May ·
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Start of Summer Memorial Day Fireworks Show at The Cascades

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· Jul ·
3

Independence Day Fireworks Show at The Cascades

Our Independence Day Fireworks show will be featuring live music. The band will take the stage at 7:00 p.m. Fireworks... » Event Details

· Aug ·
23

2014 Cascades Civil War Muster

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· Aug ·
30

Labor Day Fireworks Show at The Cascades

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Sparks Park & The Cascades

(517) 788-4320
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1400 S. Brown St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Sparks Park & The Cascades Sparks Park & The Cascades a.k.a. The Cascasdes Park & The Cascade Falls The best known attraction of this 457 acre park is The Cascades Falls, a man-made,... » More Information

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2014 The Cascades Schedule

The Cascades will be open for a light show from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. on these dates:

  • Nightly May 23 - September 1
  • September 5 & 6
  • September 12 & 13

All dates are weather permitting.

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Fountain
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grills
  • Playground Equipment
  • Basketball Courts
  • Baseball/ Softball Fields
  • Walking-Biking-Cross Country Skiing Trails
  • Golf Course & Golf Learning Center
  • Winter Sledding
  • Fishing Site
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Portable Toilets
Sparks Park & The Cascades

Sparks Park & The Cascades a.k.a. The Cascasdes Park & The Cascade Falls

The best known attraction of this 457 acre park is The Cascades Falls, a man-made, illuminated waterfall with musical accompaniment enjoyed by all since 1932. Some prefer to watch the dancing lights and listen to the beautiful music from comfortable seats, while the more energetic climb to the top of the 500 foot hill alongside the six giant fountains while dodging the spraying water. The falls are illuminated every night in season, 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. with an admission charge. Children 10 years and under are free with paid adult. Call for special group rates. 

The park, also known as the Sparks Foundation County Park, features the Cascades 18-hole Championship Golf Course and Cascades Short Course and driving range.  Other features of this park, operated by the Jackson County Parks Department,  include outdoor basketball court, baseball and softball fields, a very popular walking path, playground area, and a picnic shelter.  The Cascades Park is also the home of many special events such as the midwest's largest Cascades Civil War Muster and spectacular fireworks shows every year. Don't forget to stop by the Cascades Ice Cream Co, featuring "Frozen Dome Malts", opened March through September.

The Sparks Park newest feature is the urban fishery. The fishery was first stocked with 500 Blue Gill and 100 Large Mouth Bass. The urban fishery was completed in June 2012 and was open for fishing on July 1, 2012.  The area includes a fishing pier, walking path, informative signs and a large picnic gazebo.

2014 Admission Rates for The Cascades Falls

Senior   $3.00 per person*
Regular   $4.00 per person
Family Nights $7.00 per family
Fireworks  $6.00 per person
Children 10 and under always free with paying adult.

Group Rates for 12 or more people at $3 per person*, with one person paying for entire group.
(Please call ahead – Mon thru Fri @ 517-768-2901)

*The senior and group rates do no apply to the firework shows

2014 Season Passes
Includes Family Nights and Fireworks
Single (1)   $40.00
Double (2)   $60.00
Family (Limit 8)  $90.00

Group Tour Information

Groups are encouraged to contact the Jackson County Parks Department at 517-788-7320 for a special behind the scenes tour and pricing information. Guided historic tours of this man-made illuminated waterfall usually last about a half hour and take place before evening light shows in the summer.  Groups should plan to spend 1.5 to 2 hours on site.

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Cascades Golf Course

(517) 788-4323
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1992 Warren Ave.
Jackson, MI 49203

Cascades Golf Course The Cascades course, located in the southern part of the City of Jackson, is a course that a golfer must play if he or she wants to play one of... » More Information

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Opening day Thursday, April 10th

Course Information
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Yardage: 6,651
  • Course Rating: 73
  • Driving Range
  • Restaurant
Course Information
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 33
  • Yardage: 2,100
  • Driving Range
  • Restaurant
Cascades Golf Course

The Cascades course, located in the southern part of the City of Jackson, is a course that a golfer must play if he or she wants to play one of the best public courses in Michigan. The course was established in 1929 and is operated by the Jackson County Parks Department. For golfers convenience, in 2008, state of the art GPS was added to their fleet of golf carts.

Cascades is challenging, long by most standards, and features water and beautiful scenery. The signature hole is # 17, a par four measuring 383 yards from the white tees. A creek runs across the fairway 240 yards out and the approach is played to a severely sloped green guarded by trees and bunkers.

Received a 4 Star rating from Golf Digest's Places to Play.

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Cascades Ice Cream Co.

(517) 796-9940
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1800 South Brown St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Cascades Ice Cream Co. Cascades Ice Cream Co. is a place that is always open and ready to serve only the finest ice cream there is to offer. The staff is wonderful and will... » More Information

Hours

Mon - Sun: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Open Seasonally Only until October 31

Cascades Ice Cream Co.

Cascades Ice Cream Co. is a place that is always open and ready to serve only the finest ice cream there is to offer. The staff is wonderful and will treat you like a friend. They really want you to have the best experience when you come and visit.

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Cascades Manor House

(517) 784-1500
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1970 Kibby Rd.
Jackson, MI 49203

Cascades Manor House Winner of the 2014 Jackson Magazine Reader's Choice for Best Banquet Facility They specialize in Showers, Corporate Meetings, On-site Weddings and  Wedding Receptions, Service Clubs, Memorials and Special Events.... » More Information

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 275
Cascades Manor House

Winner of the 2014 Jackson Magazine Reader's Choice for Best Banquet Facility

They specialize in Showers, Corporate Meetings, On-site Weddings and  Wedding Receptions, Service Clubs, Memorials and Special Events. Nestled in beautiful Sparks Park and The Cascades (aka Cascades Falls Park) of Jackson, Michigan, you'll find the elegant Cascades Manor House.  The perfect setting for your next occasion, the Cascades Manor house will impress your guests with stunning surroundings, impeccable service and delicious cuisine. They cordially invite you to relax and enjoy the charming atmosphere of the Cascades Manor House while their experienced, professional staff plan and coordinate your special event. Our scenic grounds and unique bridges create the perfect setting for any occasion. Your guests will enjoy a large dance floor and ample parking.  The Cascades Manor House has a long-term agreement with Jackson County Parks.  We are a nonprofit facility and our proceeds are directed to local parks improvement. We have seating for up to 300 and three private rooms to choose from.   We offer a full bar and equipment rentals to complete your event. Corporate events, showers, wedding receptions, memorial luncheons, retirement parties, your event will shine at Jackson's Original "Community Gathering Place." Call today to schedule your next event.  517-784-1500.

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