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Grand Rapids completes $2.5M in park renovations

November 8, 2016
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City of Grand Rapids park playground structure
Children play on a playground structure at a renovated park in town. Courtesy City of Grand Rapids

Four Grand Rapids parks have been re-opened after being renovated by the city.

Camelot, Douglas, Dickinson and Mulick parks officially re-opened last week after the completion of more than $2.5 million in renovations, which feature new picnic shelters, restroom facility improvements, playground enhancements, new walking paths, new landscaping, ball field upgrades and new site furnishings.

David Marquardt, director of City of Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation, said the enhancements were requested and designed by neighbors living near each park.

“Park improvements are based on the input of hundreds of residents who participated in design workshops this past fall,” Marquardt said.

Planning teams from neighborhoods nearest to the parks actively participated in creating and verifying park concept plans and identified priority improvement projects with the assistance of three local firms, Pride Builders Group, VIRIDIS Design Group and Progressive AE.

Park improvements

Camelot Park, 2230 Rowland Ave. SE: a new walking path throughout the park, new benches, bike racks and playground access improvements. Total investment $160,000.

Dickinson Buffer Park, 1640 Willard: a new picnic shelter, new lighting, playground improvements, new benches, bike racks and improved walkways and landscaping. Total investment $300,000, grant funded.

Douglas Park, 301 Lexington: a new picnicking area, playground improvements, fence replacement, improved walking paths, new bench seating, lighting and bike racks. Total investment $200,000, grant funded.

Mulick Park, 1632 Sylvan: a new picnic shelter, ball field upgrades, improved walkways and lighting, new playground for children ages 2-5, improved picnic amenities and improved entrances. Total investment $310,000.

Park plans

Planning is underway for designing the city’s next four major park renovations in 2017: Ball Perkins, Aberdeen, Alexander and Bike parks.

Improvements to 32 Grand Rapids parks since 2015 were made possible thanks in part to a dedicated 0.98-mill parks measure approved by Grand Rapids voters in 2013.

The millage has permitted significant redevelopment and enhancement of 14 sites throughout the city so far.

The seven-year millage provides about $4 million annually for repair, rehabilitation and new improvements to parks, pools and playgrounds. About $1.1 million in federal Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development also supported various park improvements.

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