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Grand Rapids plans park makeovers

December 3, 2014
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Tonight, the city of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will unveil plans to upgrade eight neighborhood parks.

The concept plans will be shared during an open house at 6 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Academic Center, at 851 Madison Ave. SE.

Parks in line to receive upgrades are Cherry, Fuller, Garfield, Highland, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Westown Commons and Wilcox.

Connie Bohatch, managing director of community services, said each concept plan includes three phases: priority projects, opportunity areas and long-term opportunities.

The plans will be included in the City Parks and Recreation Master Plan for long term-implementation, but Bohatch said the goal is to complete each of the priority projects during 2015.

The plans were created through a series of design workshops held in October and November with the assistance of neighborhood planning teams, two local design firms and the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. Workshop participants determined the priority project areas for each park.

A neighborhood planning team was established for each park that provided initial input, laid the foundation for the community-wide design workshops and helped spread the word to get neighbors involved.

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