State approval secures funding for riverfront development

Posted at 6:30 PM, Apr 05, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich -  A key trust fund grant approved by the state is pushing money towards a project that will have major implications for downtown Grand Rapids and the Grand River Restoration project.

We first told you about a project along the Grand River tentatively called Monroe North Park last year.  A $7.5 million dollar investment approved by the Governor this week focuses on the acquisition of several parcels just north of I-196 along the riverfront just west of Monroe Avenue.

The nearly four acres includes grass, trees and views of the river below the Sixth Street dam, a popular urban fishing location.

Eventually, the area would be developed in coordination with the rapids restoration, flood control and mitigation improvements.

Conceptual plans include a tiered, step-down design providing flood control and multi-use public recreation space with full access to river rapids and float boat channel.  The site would increase downtown park acreage by 12% while connecting to existing riverfront parks, also linking to the White Pine and Kent trails.