Work begins on expanding Joe Taylor Park

by Jim Harger, Grand Rapids Press
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: Mayor George Heartwell leads a groundbreaking ceremony for expanding Joe Taylor Park on Baxter Street in Grand Rapids with members of the City Commission, Baxter Neighborhood Association, Friends of GR Parks and Grand Rapids Police Department.

Grand Rapids Police officers applauded Tuesday as Mayor George Heartwell and other dignitaries broke ground for a $500,000 reconstruction project of Joe Taylor Park in the city’s Baxter Street neighborhood. 

Improvements will include restrooms, a picnic shelter, rain garden and memorial plaza in honor of Taylor, a city police officer who was shot and killed in 1986 as he and fellow officers searched for a murder suspect hiding in the neighborhood.

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