GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Another Grand Rapids park is set to receive a major overhaul.
City leaders announced Roberto Clemente Park will undergo nearly $1.5 million in renovations and upgrades. The money comes from a $242,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund, about $951,000 from Grand Rapids' 2013 parks millage and $300,000 out of the Environmental Services Department.
Plans include a new outdoor discovery area for play and education, wider walking paths, and a new picnic area with handicap-accessible bathrooms. Bike racks, benches, grills, and drinking fountains throughout the park will also be replaced.
A number of upgrades will be focused on controlling storm water runoff. The city plans to use native meadow plants to help filter water of pollutants.
“Our parks are the cornerstone of what makes Grand Rapids a great city,” said David Marquardt, parks and recreation director. “The project at Roberto Clemente Park is one of the many ways we’re bringing sustainable, educational and innovative new features to our park system.”
Roberto Clemente Park was created in 1911. Originally named Rumsey Park since it sits on Rumsey Street, the park was renamed following the death of Pittsburgh Pirates star outfielder Roberto Clemente.