River for All Corridor Plan
An amendment to the 2017 Parks and Recreation Strategic Master Plan was approved by City Commission on January 21, 2020. The amendment included the Grand River Corridor Implementation Plan and River Trail Design Guidelines, also known as River for All, individual park master plans and clerical edits.
The River For All river corridor plan is the result of robust community engagement and features three primary components. They are:
- Grand River corridor design guidelines(PDF, 30MB) – Provide design guidelines for the future river trail and river edge improvements along the 7.5-mile river corridor to create a cohesive and accessible river trail system that serves the entire Grand Rapids community
- Conceptual design for six opportunity sites(PDF, 3MB) on the border of the Grand River – Expands on the design guidelines to create conceptual design for six sites along the corridor: Leonard to Ann trail connection, Water Department storage yard site, Coldbrook decommissioned water treatment plant site, North Monroe redevelopment site, Grand Rapids Public Museum and Fish Ladder Park
- Strategic asset management plan(PDF, 4MB) – Examines how the future improvement recommendations outlined in the design Guidelines should be managed and maintained for their long-term success
The river corridor plan builds on the 2012 Green Grand Rapids master plan, 2015 GR Forward plan and 2017 Parks and Recreation Strategic Master Plan to further their vision into the next step toward implementation.
The River for All plan symbolizes the significance of the Grand River to Grand Rapids, Kent County and West Michigan as a prominent feature that can enhance the quality of life for all through activation, beautification, restoration and connection. The river improvements and public spaces along the riverfront are expected to be amenities for all residents and visitors of Grand Rapids to enjoy.
Bike routes, pedestrian trails and tributaries will provide connections to residents outside of the river corridor and into adjacent neighborhoods, providing a critical missing link for the region. The Grand River corridor implementation plan, river trail design guidelines and the effort to restore the rapids and enhance flood protection in the Grand River are all part of the vision to create a river for all.
The master plan amendment also includes the addition of individual master park master plans for reference with Department of Natural Resource grants and a few clerical edits including map updates and page number additions to the appendix.