A Quick Guide to the Parks Millage Proposal


Elections are right around the corner! We’re here to help break down the “Parks, Pools & Playgrounds” proposal voters will see on the ballot. Head over to the Yes GR Parks campaign site for a thorough FAQ page.


A Quick Guide to the Parks Millage Proposal

  • This millage would be in place permanently, providing reliable and on-going funding (the parks millage passed in 2013 expires in 2020).
  • The new rate would increase the average homeowner’s payment by about $1.38 per month.
  • If passed, the City will receive $5 million per year to invest in our parks.
  • Funds will be used to continue capital improvements (such as those accomplished through the 2013 millage), keep all GR pools and splash pads open, provide recreational programming, and allow for more consistent maintenance.
  • Friends of Grand Rapids Parks receives no millage funds for its projects or operations – we will still rely on donor support!
  • We will continue to work with residents to identify and recommend improvements to the City and the Parks Advisory Board, which develops the proposed Parks and Recreation budget annually.


everyone can be an advocate for parks and trees! join us on Nov. 2 at 9:35 a.m. to get out the vote. We’ll canvas neighborhoods and provide voters with literature about this proposal. more info here!


Has your neighborhood park made huge leaps since the 2013 millage was approved? How do you imagine our city parks transforming? We’d love to hear from you – shoot us an email!

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