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Renovations begin at two city parks

June 29, 2016
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Grand Rapids Campau, Camelot, Dickinson, Douglas, & Mulick parks will be renovated this summer. Photo via

The city of Grand Rapids on Thursday is breaking ground on two of six city parks slated for renovations this year.

Improvements will begin at Campau, 51 Delaware St. SW, and Dickinson, 1635 Willard Ave. SE.

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, the Grand Rapids City Commission, city administrators, neighborhood leaders and others will mark the significant investments with a groundbreaking ceremony at 3:15 p.m. at Campau and 3:50 p.m. at Dickinson.

Douglas, Mulick and Camelot parks also will begin construction in coming weeks. Mary Waters Park is currently under construction.

While the type of improvements will vary at each park, the reconstruction plans include updating inoperable, outdated and inaccessible equipment and facilities.

Campau will receive $655,984 in improvements, which include new concrete sidewalks; new water splashpad; new restroom facility; new playground; new site furnishings, including benches, trash cans, bike loops, grills and drinking fountain; landscaping; and demolition projects.

Dickinson will receive $317,415 in improvements, which include new concrete and asphalt sidewalks and repair of existing sidewalks; new picnic shelter; new playground equipment and wood fiber surfacing; new site furnishings, including benches, trash cans, bike loops, grill and picnic tables; new site lighting; landscaping; and the removal of existing playground equipment.

Construction completion dates vary for each park, with the new amenities slated for use in mid-October.

Revenue generated from the voter-approved parks millage, approved in November 2013, fund the various park improvements. The dedicated property millage for parks, pools and playgrounds generates approximately $4 million annually.

Neighbors living near each park participated in design workshops last fall hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Neighborhood planning teams actively participated in creating and verifying park concept plans and identified priority improvement projects with the assistance of two local design firms, VIRIDIS Design Group and Progressive AE.

Detailed site plans for each of the six neighborhood parks are available at the city's website.

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