Grand Rapids Parks Proposal Approved

Voters in Grand Rapids have passed a millage to help improve parks, pools and playgrounds in the city. The measure was approved 60% to 40%, with 9,292 voting in favor and 6,180 against. During the recession, funding for parks was cut back, leaving many needing repairs. The vote changes all of that.

Steve Faber with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is excited to see the money go to much needed repairs. He says paths, bathrooms, and swimming pools are “on life support.” Some bathrooms are even closed or need to be upgraded for accessibility. The millage that passed is for seven years, adding a fee to residents’ property tax. Grand Rapids residents with a $100,000 home would pay an additional $49 per year. Faber says Tuesday’s vote proves that Grand Rapids realizes how important the parks really are.

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