Grand Rapids Parks Projects

Park Groundbreaking

Big things are happening in our public parks! Funding from a 2013 millage provides repair, rehab, and new improvements in our parks, pools, and playgrounds.

You can see current, future, and completed projects below on our interactive map. Click the upper-left icon on the map to view a list of all park projects.

Types of improvements

Repair and Rehab

  • Picnic table and grill repairs, bathroom accessibility upgrades, and resurfaced walking paths, basketball courts, and tennis courts

More Pool Time

  • Community pools at Richmond, Briggs, and Martin Luther King, Jr. parks can stay open longer in the summer

New Features

  • Splash pads, skate parks, picnic shelters, futsol and pickleball courts, benches, drinking fountains and more


Investment Charts - Click to view larger

Investment by type of improvement

PNG image of Park Millage investments from fiscal year 14 to 18

Investment by park

PNG of park investments by park (as of June 30, 2017)


Choosing the Projects

  • Each year, the Parks Department chooses several parks throughout the city for improvement. Over the course of the 7-year millage, every park in the city is getting upgrades
  • We involve residents and encourage everyone to share your ideas for your neighborhood park
  • The citizen-run Parks Advisory Board reviews the projects. City Commission then approves them before any funds are spent
  • Maintenance and administrative tasks are paid for by the Parks Department general fund

Funds Pay for the Following

  • Park amenities (benches, grills, picnic areas, etc.)
  • Athletic fields and sport courts
  • Landscaping
  • Park buildings, restrooms, furnaces, air conditioning
  • Sidewalks, trails, boardwalks, and parking lots
  • Park design, construction, and community engagement