Phase I of the City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Master Plan process is underway. The Parks and Recreation Department, along with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, are hosting design workshops for eight neighborhood parks. Neighbors are invited to help create and verify park concept plans and identify priority improvement projects with the assistance of two local design firms, VIRIDIS and Progressive AE.

Neighborhood Planning Teams were established for each park that have acquainted consultants with the park and surrounding neighborhood. The teams have been instrumental in planning the design workshops for each park as scheduled below.


Roosevelt Park, October 18th – 11am-3pm – Park Lodge Building, 739 Van Raalte, SE

Cherry Park, October 20th – 6:30pm-9pm – ICCF, 920 Cherry SE

Highland Park, October 25th – 1pm-4pm – East Leonard Elementary School, 410 Barnett NE

Wilcox Park, October 27th – 6pm-8pm – Calvin Christian Reformed Church, 700 Ethel SE

Lincoln Park, November 1st – 11am-2pm – Sibley Elementary School, 943 Sibley NW

Westown Commons, November 1st – 1pm-3pm – The Other Way Ministries, 710 W Fulton

Fuller Park, November 6th – 6pm-8:15pm – Mayfair Christian Reformed Church, 1736 Lyon NE

Garfield Park, November 8th – 11am-2pm – Garfield Park Gym, 2111 Madison SE

While the plans produced will be comprehensive, a priority project area will be identified in each park for implementation in 2015. “Upon completion of the plans, thanks to the citizens of Grand Rapids for approving the parks millage, we will begin making new investments in parks rather than tending only to repairs,” said Connie Bohatch, managing director of Community Services.

Final plans will be unveiled to the general public on December 3, 2014. The Plan Review Open House, hosted by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, will be held in the Gerald R. Ford Academic Center gymnasium from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is coordinating the park design process. Friends is an independent nonprofit organization with the mission of identifying specific park projects, mobilizing people, and generating resources to protect, enhance, and expand the City’s parks and public spaces.

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