More upgrades for GR Parks & Recreation

Posted at 10:00 PM, Oct 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-08 22:00:36-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Upgrades are coming to six more parks within the city next year thanks to a voter approved millage.

Those six parks include Camelot, Campau, Mulick, Mary Waters, Douglas, and Dickinson park. This will be the second $2 million project slated for park improvements, renovating dilapidated buildings, park benches and grills, and most anything needing to be replaced.  David Marquardt, Director of Parks and Recreation, said this is a seven-year millage and the idea is to touch all 74 parks.

"In some cases they’re coming in and making smaller improvements, and in others we’re coming in and doing larger planning efforts and engaging with the community," said Marquardt.

The city is asking for your help in identifying which activities neighborhoods would like to see in their parks at various public input meeting.

"This is the opportunity to have your voice heard and we host these public meetings not for our benefit but for the benefit of the communities," said Marquardt. "The more that we can hear, the more participation we have, the better chance we have to get it right."

The meetings will be held to get neighborhood input and create plans with local designers.  They will be held:

Mary Waters Park – Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 6:00pm at Belknap Commons Health Center, 751 Lafayette NE

Mulick Park – Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7:00pm at Mulick Park Elementary School, 1761 Rosewood SE

Douglas Park – Monday, Oct. 19 at 7:00pm at Rockford Construction, 601 First Street NW

Dickinson Park – Saturday, Oct. 24 at 2:00pm at the park near the basketball court. If weather is bad, it will be at the Boys & Girls Club at 139 Crofton

More meetings will be announced soon.