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Grand Rapids plans six park makeovers

October 13, 2015
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Mulick Park tennis courts
Mulick Park in Grand Rapids features tennis courts. Photo via

Six more Grand Rapids parks will undergo renovations in 2016, and the city is hosting a series of workshops on the plans beginning tonight.

The Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation Department announced a series of planning meetings for the month of October that will focus on four of the six parks slated for upgrades.

The parks on the drawing board for transformation include Campau, Camelot, Douglas, Dickinson, Mary Waters and Mulick.

Park neighbors are invited to participate in the workshops, which will result in the concept plans for the parks.

The workshops will help identify priority planning areas and opportunities, a probable cost for each park concept and an implementation schedule.

Eight Grand Rapids parks previously received upgrades: Cherry, Fuller, Garfield, Highland, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Westown Commons and Wilcox.

Each park is now “enjoying a resurgence of popularity and usage” since their grand openings, according to the Parks & Recreation Department.

The city will be posting key contacts, process updates, reports and concept drawings on its website throughout the process, so residents can stay informed of the progress, key meeting dates and decisions for the six parks targeted for redevelopment.

Park planning workshops

Mary Waters Park

Oct. 13: 6 p.m., Belknap Commons Health Center, 751 Lafayette Ave. NE

Mulick Park

Oct. 14: 7 p.m., Mulick Park Elementary School, 1761 Rosewood Ave. SE

Douglas Park

Oct. 19: 7 p.m., Rockford Construction, 601 First St. NW

Dickinson Park

Oct. 24: 2 p.m., Dickinson Park, near basketball court. Alternate location if bad weather: Boys & Girls Club, 139 Crofton SE

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