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Friends of GR Parks show plans for improvements

Grand Rapids, MI (WZZM) – Using money from a dedicated parks millage passed by voters last year, Grand Rapids has already taken care of some basic needs in city parks.

And now there are millions of dollars available to improve and expand what else is offered in Grand Rapids parks.

“We are trying to make smart choices with these decisions we are making,” says Steve Faber, executive director of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.
The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks group has been kicking around ideas with designers and residents for several months and have come up with a list of ways to improve 8 city parks.
They say hundreds of people had input in the 3 phase development plan unveiled at a forum Wednesday night.

“I think the biggest thing we saw was the desire to preserve the great natural resources that are already there and not get in the way of the great park design that exists under the surface but maybe needs to be unearthed again,” explained Faber. “It would be great if we can continue to grow this world class park system.”

The 0.98 mill property tax increase for parks is expected to raise about $30 million over 7 years.

Planners say improvements will come in stages ranging from immediate to long term.

SEE COMPLETED PARK PLANS

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