Grand Rapids Parks Projects

City leaders and neighborhood residents cutting a ribbon at a grand reopening ceremony at Roberto Clemente Park

Your City, Your Parks

Big things are happening in our public parks! Following the end of a 7-year millage passed in 2013, a new dedicated parks millage was approved by Grand Rapids voters in 2019.

The new, evergreen millage allows continued investment in City parks. It will provide approximately $5 million each year for repair, maintenance, and new improvements to parks, pools, and playgrounds.

About the Project Improvements

What is millage funding used for?

Park Improvements
Continued capital improvements and rehabilitation of our 80 parks including:

  • New and improved recreation features like playgrounds, basketball courts, futsal courts, and athletic fields
  • Accessibility upgrades to walking paths, restrooms, and parking lots
  • Site amenities like benches, drinking fountains, picnic areas, lighting and signage

Pools
Outdoor community pools at Brigs, Martin Luther King and Richmond Parks can stay open longer in the summer

Park Maintenance
Staffing and resources to maintain parks at a higher level

Recreation Programming
Funding for increased programming and scholarship opportunities for recreation classes

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Choosing the Projects

We use a criteria-based system to prioritize millage funding for park capital projects. The system focuses on racial and economic equity to target investments where they are most needed.

Parks are ranked on criteria of community characteristics (areas of concentrated poverty, communities of color, population density, etc.) and park characteristics (asset lifespan, asset condition, accessibility needs, etc.)

We involve residents in the planning and design of each project. Design typically begins one year before construction.

The citizen-run Parks Advisory Board reviews the projects. City Commission then approves them before any funds are spent.


The State of the Park System

Updated December 2021

Projects Summary

  • Completed projects: 59
  • Current/Upcoming Construction: 17
  • Design/Community Input: 6

Investment Summary

  • Total millage revenue collected: $28.8 million
  • Total millage investment: $27.3 million
  • Total leveraged funding (like grants and partnerships): $24.1 million
  • Grand total investment to date: $41.3 million

Level of Service

We have a goal to raise the level of maintenance service at every park in the City based on four grade levels. See our progress below.

Grade A - Showpiece Facility

  • Pre-millage: 0% of parks
  • Today: 7% of parks
  • 5-year goal: 15% of parks

Grade B -Comprehensive Stewardship

  • Pre-millage: 14% of parks
  • Today: 44% of parks
  • 5-year goal: 65% of parks

Grade C -Managed Care

  • Pre-millage: 64% of parks
  • Today: 49% of parks
  • 5-year goal: 20% of parks

Grade D -Reactive Management/Crisis Response

  • Pre-millage: 22% of parks
  • Today: 0% of parks
  • 5-year goal: 0% of parks

Projects happening right now

17 parks are set for renovation in 2021-2022.

Ward 1 Parks Phase 
Fourth St. Woods Construction 
Garfield Park
splashpad
Construction
Nagold Park Construction 

 

Ward 2 Parks Phase
Highland Park
Boulder Wall
 Construction
Hillcrest Park Pre-construction
Midtown Green Pre-construction
Riverside Park Construction 
Sweet St. Park Pre-construction

 

Ward 3 Parks Phase
Heritage Hill Park Pre-construction
Mulick Park Playground Pre-construction
Ottawa Hills Park
fitness court
Construction
Paris Park Pre-construction
Seymour Park Pre-construction 

 

Downtown Parks Phase
Heartside Park Pre-construction
Pekich Park Pre-construction
Grand River Walk Design
 Rosa Parks Circle Construction 

 

Project Goals

  • Upgrade old or broken amenities
  • Add new amenities that fit the needs of neighbors
  • Create a shared space that fosters community

For more information on a specific project, contact us at parksandrec@grcity.us or 456-3969

2022 Michigan DNR Grant Applications

We plan to submit three projects to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund in March 2022. 

Phase I of 32nd Street Park

The existing city owned 17-acre green space at 2149 32nd Street SE is undeveloped and not accessible. The proposed project will create a new accessible pathway around the front third of the park with associated benches, landscaping, and trash bins, and a new parking lot near the street with lighting and entry gate.

 

Accessibility Enhancements at Belknap Park

The proposed grant application would assist in developing supporting amenities for pickleball courts, including a new accessible pathway into the courts, a new plaza seating area, new shade trees, new fencing, new lighting, and ADA parking spaces.

 

Trail Extension at Ken-O-Sha Park

The proposed project would reconstruct the existing entry drive into the park and school, construct a 10-foot-wide concrete trail from Kalamazoo Avenue to the Plaster Creek Trail trailhead, and add new wayfinding signage.

Annual Millage Update

In December of 2021, David Marquardt, Director of Parks and Recreation updated City Commission on the department's work as it relates to the 2013 voter-approved Parks Millage.

The update presentation includes information on 2021 park improvement projects and the future of the parks system with 2022 projects and beyond.

View Presentation

 

 

 


Explore Projects by Park Name

Did you know there are over 80 City-owned parks in Grand Rapids? We've made improvements at every single one over the last seven years – and we're just getting started.

With the passage of the  voter-approved Parks Pools and Playgrounds Millage in 2019, the park system will continue to receive meaningful updates, new programming, and improved maintenance for years to come.

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Aberdeen Park  2230 Eastern Ave NE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $607,119
  • 2017 Improvements: New Michigan-themed splash pad, improved restrooms, seating, and park sign.

Concept Plan

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Photos

Before

An outdated splash pad sits behind a chain link fence.


After

JPEG of Aberdeen Park Splash pad

Kids enjoying the Michigan-themed splash pad at Aberdeen Park

 

 

Alexander Park  610 Alexander St SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $203,626
  • 2017 Improvements: Upgraded playground, seating, picnic areas, park sign, fencing, and landscaping.

Concept Plan

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Photos

Before

Alexander Park Before


After

Alexander park merry go round and playground

Alger Park  921 Alger St SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $370,745
  • 2019 Improvements: New splashpad and updated restroom building.

Concept Plan

Alger Concept

Photos

Before

No images available.

After

Water spray features at Alger Park splash pad

 

 

Aman Park  O-1859 Lake Michigan Dr NW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $194,066
  • 2020 Improvements: Erosion control, bridge replacement, trailhead and signage improvements.

Photos

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Ball Perkins Park  1675 Perkins Ave NE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $166,038
  • 2017 Improvements: Bench seating, crushed limestone/natural trail, wetland overlook, trail identification signs.

Concept Plan

Ball Perkins Park Master Plan Concept

Photos

Before

No images available.

After

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JPG of Ball Perkins wetland overlook

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Belknap Park  30 Coldbrook St NE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $540,859 (plus $97,000 in outside leveraged funding)
  • 2019 Improvements: Pathway improvements, restroom upgrades, electrical upgrades, and improvements to pickleball courts, bike polo court, and baseball diamonds.

Photos

Before

No images available.


After

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Bike Park  580 Kirtland St SW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary 

  • Investment to date: $369,793 (plus $22,093 of outside leveraged funding)
  • 2018 Improvements: New tot track (bike loop course for 2 to 5-year-olds), intermediate pump track, bike playground/skills loop, and general site improvements.

Concept Plan

Bike park concept plan

  

Photos

Images coming soon.

Briggs Park  324 Knapp St SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $691,132 (plus $31,360 of outside leveraged funding)
  • 2019 Improvements: Accessible pathway improvements, picnic shelter, playground improvements, and site amenities.

Concept Plan

Briggs Park Concept Plan

Photos

Before

 Playground area surrounded by trees


After

Bike racks, playground areas and cement pathways at Briggs park

Playground at Briggs Park

New picnic shelter at Briggs Park

 

Burton Woods  2259 Everest Ave SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $53,926
  • 2020 Improvements: Improved entryways, updated benches and litter receptacles, fence removal on north and east side of property, natural play area using recycled fallen City trees.

 Concept Plan

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Photos

Before

 Chain link fence surrounding a wooded area


After

Wooded area with stepping logs, tables, chairs, and a fort made from recycled trees

Table and chairs made from large logs

 

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Cambridge Park  1444 Gladstone Dr SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $127,068
  • 2018 Improvements: New pathway connections, restored lawn at ballfield, pedestrian access improvements, new bike rack, picnic tables and drinking fountain, and improved landscaping.

Concept Plan

Cambridge Park Concept Plan

Photos

Before

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After

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Camelot Park  2230 Rowland Ave SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $230,025 (plus $150,000 in outside leveraged funding
  • 2016 Improvements: Improved playground access, walking path, and seating

Concept Plan

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Photos

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Campau Park  51 Delaware St SW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary 

  • Investment to date: $840,924 (plus $89,700 of outside leveraged funding)
  • 2016 Improvements: Splash pad, playground, restrooms, picnic areas, walking paths, landscaping, lighting, seating, and drinking fountains.

Concept Plan

Campau Park Concept Plan

Photos

Before

 Campau Park Before Improvements


After

Seating and playground at Campau Park

Campau Splash Pad

 

Caulfield Park  1119 Caulfield Ave SW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $118,295 (plus $78,376 in outside leveraged funding)
  • 2020 Improvements: New lighting, drinking fountain, custom bench, and trash receptacle. Improvements in collaboration with Grandville Ave. Arts and Humanities and Ferra Studio.

Concept Plan

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Photos

Before

Caulfield Park playground


After

Playground equipment in a park space, featuring swings, slides and climbing structures

Bench designed with help from neighborhood students

 

Cherry Park  725 Cherry St SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $468,653 (plus $22,500 in outside leveraged funding)
  • 2015 Improvements: Splash pad, community event space, restroom renovations, bike racks, seating, and site amenities.

Concept Plan

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Photos

Before

No images available.

After

Cherry Park

 

Cheseboro Park  951 Merritt St SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment: $156,351
  • 2018 Improvements: New playground, pedestrian access improvements, improved landscaping, new picnic area and benches, additional site amenities.

Concept Plan

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Photos

Before

Playground area surrounded by chain link fencing  


After

JPEG image of a playground at Cheseboro Park

Coit Park  727 Coit Ave NE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment: $356,076 (plus $44,700 in outside leveraged funding)
  • 2018 Improvements: Removal of non-functioning restroom building, relocation of playground with additional play equipment, new community picnic and event area, new trees and benches along upper pathway, drinking fountain, landscaping improvements, various site amenities.

Concept Plan

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Photos

Before

Coit_before  


After

Image of the playground and grassy area at Coit Park  

 

Covell Dog Park  526 Covell Ave NW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $179,115
  • 2020 Improvements: Separated small dog/large dog areas with separate entryways, new shade structure, drinking fountain, and play components.

Concept Plan

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Photos

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Dickinson Park  1635 Willard Ave SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $126,294 (plus $134,306 of outside leveraged funding)
  • 2016 Improvements: New picnic shelter, lighting, playground, landscaping, walkway repairs, seating, bike racks, and accessibility improvements.

Concept Plan

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Photos

Before

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After

Swing set, merry go round, and grassy area

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Douglas Park  301 Lexington Ave NW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $87,871 (plus $137,954 of outside leveraged funding)
  • 2016 Improvements: Picnic area, playground, walking paths, seating, bike racks, ornamental lighting, and landscaping.

Concept Plan

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Photos

Before

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After

 Wide shot of a colorful playground, swing set, trees, lawn and park bench in the summer

 

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Eastern Park  758 Eastern Ave NE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $332,179 (plus $78,456 of outside leveraged funding)
  • 2020 Improvements: New pathways, new swing set, half basketball court, benches, and a grill.

Concept Plan

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Photos

Before

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After

Eastern Park After

Half basketball court at Eastern Park

 

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Fish Ladder Park  624 Front Ave NW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $15,788 (plus $19,000 of outside leveraged funding)
  • 2021 Improvements: Erosion control along river bank and replacing pathways.

Photos

Before

A walking path along the Grand River in disrepair


After

A newly paved walking path along the Grand River

Foster Park  343 Cherry St SE

Project Details

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $143,561
  • 2019 Improvements: Landscaping, decorative fencing, chess table, other site amenities

Concept Plan

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Photos

Before

 JPEG image of a statue surrounded by greenspace in Foster Park


After

 Spanish American War Statue

Chess table at Foster Park

Fence and green space at Foster Park

 

 

Fourth Street Woods  651 Valley Ave NW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $29,654 (plus $14,500 of outside leveraged funding)
  • 2021 Improvements: New nature play space, improved playground entrances, new seating.

Concept Plan

Fourth St Woods.jpg

  

Photos

Before

 Colorful playground surrounded by wooded area


After

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Fuller Park  250 Fuller Ave NE

Investment Summary

Project Details 

  • Investment to date: $499,633
  • 2015 Improvements: New playground equipment, lighting, splash pad, picnic areas, improved restrooms, and site amenities.

Concept Plan

Fuller Hillcrest Concept Plan- 2015

Photos

Before

No images available. 


After

Fuller picnic shelter, westside view

 

JPEG image of the splash pad at Fuller Park

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Garfield Park  250 Burton Ave SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $892,965 (plus $338,750 of outside leveraged funding)
  • 2015 Improvements: Paved walking paths, new picnic shelter, futsal courts, improved playground, restroom improvements, and site amenities.
  • 2018 Improvements: Updated gymnasium floor and kitchen space.
  • 2021 Improvements: New splash pad, picnic area with shade sails, restroom upgrades, accessible pathways, and rain garden.

2015 Concept Plan

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2021 Concept Plan

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Photos

Before

 No images available.


After

JPEG image of the Garfield Park south picnic shelter, grill, and outdoor ping pong table

 JPEG image of a large athletic gym with a volleyball net in the center  

 

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Heartside Park  301 Ionia Ave SW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $24,075
  • 2021 Improvements: Resurfaced basketball court with mural, all-season restroom facilities, new drinking fountain, sidewalk improvements and power pedestal for community events.

Concept Plan

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Photos

Before

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Heartside Basketball Court Before


After

Heartside Basketball Court After

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Heritage Hill Park  501 Paris Ave SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment: $7,229
  • 2021 Improvements: Pathway improvements, pollinator garden, and seating.

Concept Plan

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Photos

Before

Entrance pathway into Heritage Hill Park  


After

Images coming soon.

Highland Park  523 Grand Ave NE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $503,161 (plus $105,700 of outside leveraged funding)
  • 2015 Improvements: Updated buildings, splash pad, improved playground equipment, landscaping, paved path with lighting.
  • 2021 Improvements: Outdoor bouldering wall

2015 Concept Plan

Highland park concept plan

Bouldering Wall Concept Plan

Concept Plan for the bouldering wall at Highland Park

Photos

Before

No images available.


After

JPEG image of a splashpad at highland park

Highland Park

Hillcrest Dog Park  250 Fuller Ave NE 

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $18,980
  • 2021 Improvements: New nature path, upgraded dog agility equipment (dog "nature play"), kids nature play with bench, reconfigured dog park entrance, expanded large dog area, drinking fountain with doggy bowl, bike racks, rain garden and landscaping improvements.

Concept Plan

Hillcrest Final Concept Plan - 2021

 

  

Photos

Before

No images available. 


After

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Huff Park  1500 Aberdeen St NE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $2,236,392 (plus $300,000 of outside leveraged funding)
  • 2017 Improvements: New boardwalk, updated restrooms, and new playground.

Concept Plan

Huff park concept plan

Photos

Before

 Huff Park boardwalk in disrepair


After

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Huff-4.jpg

 

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Joe Taylor Park  1001 Baxter St SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $146,421
  • Improvements: New drinking fountain, improved landscaping, improved playground, larger outdoor grills, new pedestrian lighting.

Concept Plan

Joe Taylor Park Concept Plan

Photos

Before

No images available.


After

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Ken-O-Sha Park  3155 Kalamazoo Ave SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $409,712 (plus $300,000 of outside leveraged funding)
  • 2020 Improvements: New nature play space, improved stormwater management and native plantings, new outdoor classroom, and trailhead improvements with screened portable restroom.

Concept Plan

Ken O Sha Improvements 2021

Photos

Before

Dirt construction site surrounded by fence


After

Nature-based playground created using logs and trees

Bridge over a daylighted stormwater management area

Large wooden nature amplifier resembling a megaphone surrounded by trees

Kensington Park  902 Curve St SW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $296,356
  • 2020 Improvements: Improved picnic area with tables and grills, improved athletic field drainage, improved playground and new entrance pathway from Dorchester Ave.

Concept Plan

2019 Kensington Park Concept Plan

Photos

Before

An open park space with trees and a soccer field in the background

Playground equipment surrounded by a wooded area


After

A paved trail through a green park space with picnic areas and trash receptacles lining the walkway

Playground equipment with a playhouse and bench nearby

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Lexington Park  48 Gold Ave NW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $210,691
  • 2019 Improvements: New picnic area, new playground, hammock grove, landscaping.

Concept Plan

Lexington Park Concept Plan

Photos

Before

A vacant lot surrounded by chain link fence


After

Lexington park swing, seating, and picnic shelter

Picnic shelter and grill at Lexington Park   

 

Lincoln Park  231 Marion Ave NW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $450,170 (plus $105,700 in outside leveraged funding)
  • 2015 Improvements: Paved path with lighting, improved pedestrian entrances, splash pad, playground equipment; mural by John Ball Area Neighbors and Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Concept Plan

Lincoln Park Concept Plan

Photos

Before

 Abandoned in-ground pool surrounded by chain link fence.

Athletic court in disrepair with grass growing through cracks


After

JPEG image of the splash pad at Lincoln Park

Basketball and Futsal courts at Lincoln Park

 

Lincoln Place  235 State St SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary 

  • Investment to date: $24,311
  • Improvements: Irrigation improvements

Photos

After

JPEG image of the historic Calkins Law Office building in Lincoln Place  

 

  

Lookout Park  801 Fairview Ave NE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $307,485 (plus $5,600 in outside leveraged funding)
  • 2019 Improvements: New overlook area with seating, new pathway with lighting, picnic tables, and vegetation clearing to improve view.

Concept Plan

Lookout Park Concept Plan

Photos

Before

Lookout Park before improvements with a wooden picnic table and bench


After

JPEG image of a swinging bench at Lookout Park

JPEG image of benches near a scenic overlook

 

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Mackay Jaycees Park  2401 Kalamazoo Ave SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment: $805,566
  • 2019 Improvements: Upgrades to athletic fields, nature trail, and playground; new beach volleyball court, new fitness exercise stations, and concession building upgrades.

Concept Plan

MacKay-Jaycees Park Concept Plan

Photos

Before

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MacKay Jaycees Park Volleyball pit before


After

MacKay Jaycees Park new playground equipment

MacKay Jaycees Park new sand volleyball pits

Outdoor chest press machine

 

Martin Luther King Park  1200 Franklin St SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $1,154,240 (plus $1,081,360 in outside leveraged funding)
  • 2015-2017 Improvements: Resurfaced tennis courts and basketball courts, fencing at basketball court, new roof and boiler for lodge building, water fountains, general repair work at restrooms, concessions, and pool house
  • 2019 Improvements: New picnic area including picnic shelter, improved pedestrian lighting, new playground equipment, existing playground upgrades, general site amenities.

Concept Plan

MLK Park Concept Plan

Photos

Before

Images not available.


After

Expression swing at MLK Park built for parents and children to swing together

Accessible Unity SpinR merry go round at MLK Park

 Picnic shelter at MLK Park

 

 

 

Mary Waters Park  1042 Lafayette Ave NE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $311,809 (plus $708,340 in outside leveraged funding)
  • 2016 Improvements: Playground improvements, splash pad, restroom, walking loop, native landscaping, lighting, seating, and site amenities.

Concept Plan

Mary Waters Concept Plan

Photos

Before

No images available.


After

Mary Water picnic shelter angle view

Mary Waters Park splash pad

Midtown Green  747 Fountain St NE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $11,080
  • 2022 Improvements: Nature play area, community gathering space, pollinator garden, and seating.

Concept Plan

Midtown Green concept plan

Photos

Before

Midtown Green.jpg

photo of Midtown Park


After

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Mooney Park  314 Logan St SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $153,603
  • 2018 Improvements: New playground equipment, improved pedestrian lighting, landscaping improvements, benches, and additional site amenities.

Concept PlanMooney Park Concept Plan

Photos

Before

Mooney Park Playground before improvements


After

JPEG image of a playground at Mooney Park

JPEG image of landscaping piece at Mooney Park

 

 

Mulick Park  1632 Sylvan Ave SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $392,318 (plus $51,728 in outside leveraged funding)
  • 2016 Improvements: Improved picnic area, ball field upgrades, tot lot playground, lighting, lighting, seating, and site amenities.
  • 2021 Improvements: Expanded playground in partnership with the Junior League of Grand Rapids and Sinclair Recreation.

2016 Concept Plan

Mulick Concept Plan 2016

2021 Concept Plan

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Photos

Before

 Mulick Tennis Court before


After

JPEG image of tennis courts at Mulick Park

JPEG image of a small playground

 

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Nagold Park  945 Nagold St NW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $9,659
  • 2021 Improvements: New pathway, seating, and pollinator garden.

Concept Plan

Nagold Park Concept Plan

Photos

Before

 Nagold Park Before Improvements


After

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Ottawa Hills Park  2060 Oakfield Ave SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary 

  • Investment to date: $771,845 (plus $50,000 in outside leveraged funding)
  • 2018 Improvements: New inclusive, universally accessible playground, nature play area, new pathway, picnic area, bike racks and site amenities.
  • 2021 Improvements: Multi-station outdoor fitness court, new restroom building, repaved parking lot, improved landscaping, new seating, lighting, and signage.

Concept Plan

Ottawa Hills Concept Plan

Photos

Before

Ottawa Hills playground before improvements


After

Image of universally accessible playground

JPEG image of the little kid playground at Ottawa Hills Park

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Paris Park  942 N Ottillia St SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $4,795
  • 2021 Improvements: Low maintenance planting bed with public art piece and new park sign.

Concept Plan

Paris Park Final Concept Plan

Photos

Before

 Paris Park.jpg


After

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Pekich Park  2 Cherry St SW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment: $2,961
  • 2021 Improvements: New seating, shade trees, drinking fountain with bottle filler, and power pedestal for community events.

Concept Plan

Pekich Park Proposed Improvements

Photos

Before

 Pekich Park


After

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Plaster Creek Park  2401 Buchanan Ave SW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $1,031,671 (plus $401,750 in outside leveraged funding)
  • 2019 Improvements: Outdoor classroom, raised planter beds, rain garden, improved entrances and pathways, and natural playscape area. Improvements were made possible in partnership with the Wege Foundation, City of Grand Rapids Environmental Services Department, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Our Community's Children

Concept Plan

Plaster Creek Park concept plan

Photos

Before

Plaster Creek Park before improvements


After

Plaster Creek Nature Park Sign

The Meadows Natural Playscape

The Nest outdoor classroom benches

 

 

Pleasant Park  620 Madison Ave SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $88,354
  • 2020 Improvements: New swing set and shade sails for playground, new water spigot and entryway improvements, and rain garden upgrades.

Concept Plan

Pleasant Park Concept Plan

Photos

Before

 JPEG image of an outdoor ping pong table at Pleasant Park


After

Pleasant Park playground with new shade sails

Pleasant Park rain garden improvements

  

 

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Reservoir Park  900 Fairview Ave NE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $78,792
  • 2019 Improvements: New seating and site amenities, sidewalk improvements, vegetation clearing to improve view.

Concept Plan

Reservoir Park Concept Plan

Photos

Before

 Reservoir Park before improvements


After

Images coming soon.

Richmond Park  963 Richmond St NW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $895,284 (plus $457,000 in outside leveraged funding)
  • 2020 Improvements: Stairs and fencing for sledding hill, pathway improvements, trailhead signage, pool house entrance upgrades, and other amenities.

Concept Plan

Richmond Park Concept Plan

Photos

Before

JPEG image of Richmond park pond


After

Richmond Park accessible pathway along the pond

Richmond Park stairs on sledding hill

Riverside Park 2001 Monroe Ave NE

Investment Summary

Project Details 

  • Investment to date: $248,097 (plus $243,000 in outside leveraged funding)
  • 2021 Improvements: New restroom building at picnic shelter, accessible kayak launch, updated picnic tables, grills, and benches throughout the park, native plantings at lagoon edge.

Concept Plan

Riverside 2021 Concept Plan

Photos

Before

Future site of the Riverside Park kayak launch


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Roberto Clemente Park  546 Rumsey St SW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $1,059,085 (plus $540,000 of outside leveraged funding)
  • 2020 Improvements: New restroom building and picnic shelter, outdoor discovery play area, pathways with pedestrian lighting, and green infrastructure improvements.

Concept Plan

Roberto Clemente Park concept plan

Photos

Before

 Clemente Park picnic shelter, side view

Greenspace at Clemente Park


After

Large open air picnic shelter with picnic tables and grills

Wide shot of the playground, outdoor classroom, picnic shelter, and restroom

 

Roosevelt Park  1340 Godfrey Ave SW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $679,465 (plus $56,000 of outside leveraged funding)
  • 2016 Improvements: New splash pad, bench seating, and access improvements; mural and rain garden by Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, Cook Arts Center, Plaster Creek Stewards and WMEAC.
  • 2018 Improvements: New walking path with exercise equipment installed with support from Herman Miller Cares, Peter C. Cook Foundation, and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.

Concept Plan

Roosevelt park Concept Plan

Photos

Before

 Roosevelt Park open space before improvements


After

 Roosevelt Park splashpad and restroom building

JPEG image of the outdoor exercise paved trail and equipment at Roosevelt Park

Rosa Parks Circle  135 Monroe Center St NW

Investment Summary

Project Details 

  • Investment to date: $370,941 (plus $2,173,000 of outside leveraged funding)
  • 2021 Improvements: Bandshell improvements, restroom improvements, granite and wood benches, new trail surfacing, site amenities, and interpretive signage.

Concept Plan

Rosa Parks Circle Concept Plan

Photos

Before

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After

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Seymour Park  942 Ottillia St SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $0
  • 2021 Improvements: Preserved open space with floating benches, ornamental trees, and park sign.

Concept Plan

Seymour Park Concept Plan

   

  

Photos

Before

 Seymour Park.jpg


After

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Sullivan Field  650 Valley Ave NW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $54,034
  • 2021 Improvements: Formal park entrance, museum addition, restrooms, grandstand renovations, bullpens, batting cages, ballfield improvements, and public community greenspace

Concept Plan

Sullivan Field Concept Plan  

  

Photos

Before

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After

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Sweet Street Park  475 Sweet St NE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $16,418 (plus $5,000 in outside leveraged funding)
  • 2021 Improvements: Improvements to playground, pathways, sports courts, and seating.

Concept Plan

Sweet Street Concept Plan

Photos

Before

 JPEG image of the Sweet Street Park entrance sign with the playground in the background

JPEG image of the KaBOOM playground at Sweet Street Park


After

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Ted Rasberry Field  1050 Sheldon Ave SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $130,177 (plus $100,000 in outside leveraged funds)
  • 2019 Improvements: New playground, site amenities, and general site improvements with support of Grand Rapids Junior League and Kompan.

Concept Plan

Rasberry Field Conceptual Plan

  

Photos

Before

No images available.


After

 Climbing structure and bench seating at Rasberry Field

Playground at Rasberry Field

 

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Veterans Memorial Park  101 Fulton St E

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $78,811 (plus $1,777,000 of outside leveraged funding)
  • 2017 Improvements: New oval reflecting pool, commemorative walk with new sidewalks and seating, relocation of monuments, and site amenities. Support from the DDA, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, and Veteran's Park Steering Committee. 

Concept Plan

Veterans Memorial Park Concept Plan

  

Photos

Before

 Veterans Memorial Park before improvements  


After

Veterans Memorial Park memorials

Reflecting pool and memorial pillars at Veterans Memorial Park

 

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Westown Commons  752 Watson St SW

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment to date: $366,998
  • 2015 Improvements: New picnic area with shelter, skate plaza, rain garden, brick band and drinking fountain.

Concept Plan

Westown Commons Concept Plan

Photos

Before

No images available.


After

 Westown commons

Westown Commons picnic shelter, front view

 

Wilcox Park  100 Youell Ave SE

Investment Summary

Investment Summary

  • Investment: $624,527 (plus $78,545 in outside leveraged funding)
  • 2015 Improvements: New splash pad, landscaping, playground equipment and baseball backstop; mural by West Michigan Center for Arts Technology (WMCAT).
  • 2018 Improvements: Resurfaced basketball court with support from Eastown Community Association and Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Concept Plan

Wilcox Park Concept Plan

Photos

Before

Wilcox Park Basketball Court before improvements


After

JPEG image of a basketball court at Wilcox Park

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JPEG image of a splashpad at Wilcox Park

 

 

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