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Rosa Parks Circle getting $2M in renovations next year

Posted at 9:15 AM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 09:15:52-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids may soon see renovations thanks to a volunteer-led group.

“Ecliptic” at Rosa Parks Circle Conservancy is finalizing plans and close to engaging with construction firms about renovating the 20-year-old public space, a news release said Tuesday.

The group plans for construction to begin in Spring 2021 and be completed by Sept. 6, 2021 – exactly 20 years to the day after the original dedication of the park.

The $2 million project is being funded by both public and private sources.

Rosa Parks Circle, also known as “Ecliptic,” has seen almost two-thirds more foot traffic than expected, and the original materials are coming to the end of their useful lives.

“Public spaces have been and will continue to be a vital part of our society and the proposed restoration project intends to restore, elevate and preserve ‘Ecliptic’ for the next century,” said Tripp Frey, who is leading the project. “In its first 20 years, it has become a beating heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Our goal with this effort is to preserve its integrity and beauty for future generations to experience and enjoy.”