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City of Grand Rapids provides update on 37 upcoming, current park improvement projects

Posted at 12:01 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 12:01:45-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation Department on Tuesday gave the City Commission its annual update on 37 recently completed, current and upcoming park improvement projects.

The projects mark the final phase of the seven-year parks millage passed by Grand Rapids voters in 2013, according to a news release.

Among the highlights of the past year’s improvements are the park system’s second nature-based playscape and first gender-neutral restroom.

This year’s $4.4 million millage investment was supplemented by nearly $3 million in funding from external organizations and grants.

“Guided by the investment policies initiated by this body and the Parks Advisory Committee, we continue to be good stewards of the millage dollars approved by our residents,” said David Marquardt, parks and recreation director. “The extra funding that we have secured from our federal and state partners have really stretched our residents’ tax dollars and allowed us to improve our parks much more than we could have without that support.”

View an outline of park construction completed or planned here.