GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – Renovations to eight Grand Rapids parks started Monday, work paid for by the 2013 passage of a seven-year millage to fund park improvements.

A front-end loader at Wilcox Park scooped up the swing set as mothers with young children watched.

One of them, Kendra Hilton, was thrilled.

“I love it, I love it – I live so close,” she said. “This park is so nice; it’s so usable for so many people – so once it’s updated, it’s gonna be great.”

In addition to Wilcox Park, Cherry Park, Fuller Park, Garfield Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Park, Roosevelt Park, and Westown Commons are all getting work, too.

Improvements vary from park to park and range from playground expansions to the installation of rain gardens, walking paths, benches, hard-surface courts, fields, and new plantings.

Most of the work should be done by mid-August.