City asks for public input on parks through photos

Published on May 17, 2021

Residents taking the PhotoVision challenge in a neighborhood park

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The City of Grand Rapids is requesting public input through social media to help shape the future of the city park system. The PhotoVision challenge aims to capture people’s stories and experiences of Grand Rapids parks, particularly their experiences throughout the pandemic.

“Our city parks have been vitally important places of safe recreation and nature exploration over the last year,” said David Marquardt, the City’s parks and recreation director. “The PhotoVision challenge allows our residents to continue shaping the parks system in a way that fits their community’s needs.”

To participate in the challenge, residents can post a photo of their neighborhood park to Instagram with one or all of the following:

  • A description of what they currently enjoy at their park
  • What could be improved at the park
  • What activities they want to see at the park

To submit the photo, participants must tag @grparksandrec and use the hashtag #YourCityYourParks. Photos will be reposted on the Parks and Recreation department’s Instagram account as a collective community gallery. Participants who have private Instagram accounts can send photos through direct message to the department.

The PhotoVision challenge is one of many planned public input opportunities for residents as the city’s Parks and Recreation department prepares to update its 5-year master plan. Learn more about the Parks and Recreation department’s current master plan and future updates HERE.

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