City breaks ground on first fully universally accessible play space

Published on May 02, 2018

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The City will mark the official beginning of more park redevelopment projects at three groundbreaking ceremonies on Thursday, May 3, including a new fully universally accessible play space.

The City’s Parks and Recreation Department will host groundbreakings at Mooney, Cheseboro and Ottawa Hills parks. The reconstruction and modernization of each park with family friendly amenities begin this spring. Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Grand Rapids City Commissioners, City administrators, Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education Vice President Raynard Ross, neighborhood leaders and others will mark the significant investments with groundbreaking ceremonies at:
3 p.m. at Mooney Park, 314 Logan St. SE
3:35 p.m. at Cheseboro Park, 951 Merrit St. SE
4:10 p.m. at Ottawa Hills Park, 2060 Oakfeld Ave. SE

  • The $150,000 construction project at Mooney Park will include an improved playground, new site lighting and walkways and a new masonry seat wall, planter and landscape bed.
  • The $150,000 construction project at Cheseboro Park will include a new multi-age playground, new picnic tables, bench seating, bike racks, site lighting, shade trees and site amenities and an improved entryway.
  • The $700,000 construction project at Ottawa Hills Park will include a new fully universally accessible playground with areas for older and younger children, a new picnic area, benches, lighting, shade trees and site amenities. This park space is new to the Grand Rapids park system thanks to a longstanding partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS). The green space recently became park space as a result of a $1 asset swap between the City and GRPS. In exchange for the parkland, the City paid $1 and then deeded the former Grand Rapids Public Museum facility to GRPS for $1 and up to $20,000 related real estate fees. GRPS will house its new Museum School in the iconic building at 54 Jefferson Ave. SE.

These park improvement projects and those completed since 2015 were made possible thanks in part to a dedicated 0.98-mill parks measure approved by Grand Rapids voters in 2013. The seven-year millage provides roughly $4 million annually for repairs, rehabilitation and new improvements to parks, pools and playgrounds. Last week, the City broke ground on improvement projects at Coit and Cambridge parks.
For detailed site plans of improvements set for these three neighborhood parks and other City-owned parks, visit