Some key themes emerge from Park Planning efforts:
Starting in late September, eight neighborhoods worked with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the City of Grand Rapids Parks, Recreation Forestry Dept. and Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to complete new concept plans for their parks. Neighbors, stakeholders, and the broader community were invited to help create and verify park concept plans and identify priority improvement projects.
All 8 parks (Highland, Lincoln, Garfield, Roosevelt, Westown Commons, Cherry, Wilcox, and Fuller) now have concept plans that will be on display on Wednesday, December 3rd at the Gerald R. Ford Academic Center from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
As we've worked through the process, there are several key themes that have emerged across the various parks. We will discuss some of these themes in greater detail at the open house on December 3rd.
- We can use existing resources for new purposes
- Flexible spaces are required in order to grow with our community
- Gathering spots can pull us together
- Basic amenities are essential
- Safety remains a key concern
- Environment and open spaces need to be preserved
- New partnerships will be required to get it all done
Neighbors, park users, and interested groups are encouraged to stop by to view these concept plans and talk with the Neighborhood Planning Teams, Viridis Design, Progressive A/E, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and the City of Grand Rapids.
Additional information and background materials for each park can be found on our website.
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