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Vacant lot transformed into park in Grand Rapids

Posted at 10:41 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 22:41:57-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A former vacant lot has been transformed into a park in Grand Rapids.

Lexington Park – next to the site of what used to be Lexington Elementary – now features a new picnic shelter, swing set, outdoor seating, improved landscaping and a hammock grove.

“The new features at Lexington Park create more opportunities for the community to stay healthy and connected with each other,” said David Marquardt, parks and recreation director for the City of Grand Rapids. “These improvements wouldn’t have been possible without the creative design input of neighborhood residents in 2018.”

The park space was donated to the city in 2013.

Improvements, which cost $160,000, were funded by the 2013 voter-approved parks millage.

“The John Ball neighborhood is excited to explore this unique new park,” said Monica Hall, executive director of John Ball Area Neighbors. “Parks are an important investment in our community to ensure children, families and neighbors have safe places to play and stay active outdoors.”