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The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is an independent, citizen led, nonprofit enterprise founded in 2008, working closely with but separate from the city. Our mission is to identify specific park projects, mobilize people, and generate resources to protect, enhance, and expand the city's parks and public spaces.

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Heartside Park

  • 301 Ionia SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503  View Map
  • 2.99 acres

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Classified as a Neighborhood Park it serves as the recreational and social focus of the neighborhood.

Formally occupied by railroad tracks and a rail yard, the site’s conversion to a park arose when Catholic Central High School eyed it for a playground and soccer field. That idea dispersed in 1995, but residents continued to advance the idea for a park. The park was dedicated in 2004.

park amenities

  • Basketball Court -1.5
  • Grills
  • Picnic Tables
  • Water Playground -Splashpad
  • City Owned Parks & Public Spaces
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground


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