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Wilcox Park

  • 100 Youell SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506  View Map
  • 12.67 acres
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Est. 1911

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

One of several parks established after the 1911 $200,000 park bond passed. Wilcox was named for FP Wilcox, who also bequeathed $10,000 to purchase additional lots. Superintendent of Parks (1905-1928) Eugene Goebel designed the the original layout. A bath house and pool was built at the northern end in 1920, but by the 1950’s it had been replaced by a shelter and adjoining wading pool.

Wilcox Park is currently undergoing concept planning (fall 2014) –learn more

park amenities

  • Ball Diamond
  • City Owned Parks & Public Spaces
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms
  • Tennis Courts -Four
  • Basketball Court
  • Enclosed Shelterhouse -With Restroom
  • Playground
  • Soccer Field
  • Wading Pool -Closed


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