Grand Rapids begins planning the transformation of six parks in 2016

 Public Invited to attend park planning meetings on Oct. 13, 14, 19 & 24

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. This past summer, the City celebrated the opening of eight Grand Rapids parks that were the first to be transformed thanks to funding provided by a voter;approved Parks Millage. Planning is now underway to continue the transformation of additional six neighborhood parks in 2016.

Those parks on the drawing board for transformation include Campau, Camelot, Douglas, Dickinson, Mary Waters and Mulick.

Following a similar engagement process, the City of Grand Rapids is working with neighborhoods this fall to help each create and verify new concept designs from two local design firms, VIRIDIS and Progressive AE.

Funding for the six new improvement projects is made possible thanks to a dedicated 0.98;mill parks measure approved by Grand Rapids voters on Nov. 5, 2013.

According to Parks and Recreation Director David Marquardt, by working alongside neighborhood residents, park development team leaders expect to complete park concept plans through these workshops. They intend to scope a definition of priority planning areas, identify

opportunitiesX determine a probable cost for each park concept development and its full implementationX and finally, put together an implementation schedule for each park.

Parks that underwent transformation this past summer: Cherry, Fuller, Garfield, Highland, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Westown Commons and WilcoxX each are now enjoying a resurgence of popularity and usage since their grand openings. Each reopened after completion of renovations that feature new park amenities including new splash pads, play equipment, skating features, restroom facility upgrades, concrete sidewalks, benches, bike loops, drinking fountains and landscaping. The scope of redevelopment and amenities at these parks were determined during similar workshops held last fall.

“We had a terrific first year of construction projects that reenergized our parks and the neighborhoods that surround each space,” said Marquardt. “This fall, we intend to engage a new set of residents who are interested in increasing the usage and programming at the six designated parks.”

Although more dates will be added in the future, the tentative public workshop schedule for 2016 Park Re-Development Projects includes:

Mary Waters Park
Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. Belknap Commons Health Center 751 Lafayette NE 49503 (NOBL October board meetingX public welcome)

Mulick Park
Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. Mulick Park Elementary School, 1761 Rosewood Ave SE 49506

Douglas Park
Monday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
Rockford Construction 601 First St NW 49504

Dickinson Park
Saturday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. Dickinson Park, near basketball court (Alternate location if bad weather: Boys & Girls Club, 139 Crofton)

The City will be posting key contacts, process updates, reports, and concept drawings on its Website throughout the process so residents can stay informed on the progress, key meeting dates, and decisions for the six new parks targeted for redevelopment.


Contact: Steve Guitar Communications Director                                         (616) 456-3773

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