In the past few years we've seen A LOT of improvements to Grand Rapids' parks, thanks to a voter-approved millage. Well, an entirely new park is being planned a southwest GR!

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The City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department says its in the process of acquiring land for a new park space in the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood.

The site is at the corner of Rumsey St. and Caesar E. Chavez Ave.

City of Grand Rapids
City of Grand Rapids

The City worked with the surrounding community to understand what they wanted in a new neighborhood park.

Proposed elements at the site include:

  • Flexible seating amenities
  • Neighborhood identity elements
  • Multi-use gathering spaces, lighting, and play features.
City of Grand Rapids
City of Grand Rapids

One proposed element is a hammock grove, which will include permanent hammocks and the option to bring your own hammock. (Another Grand Rapids park, Brigg's Park got a hammock grove last year.)

Play area would include an inclusive nest swing on poured-in play rubberized surfacing.

This spring, the parks department will again reach out to the community for input on the new park's name, historical elements, and shelter options.

Construction is set to begin once additional funding through grants and partnerships is secured.

Follow the City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department on Facebook for updates on this and other projects.

Completed Grand Rapids Park Projects in 2022 include:

Outdoor Games, Gear, and Equipment You Can Rent for FREE From Grand Rapids Gear Library

Grand Rapid Parks and Recreation recently added skateboards to the Thrive Outside Gear Library. Did you know about all the cool stuff you can rent for free? Just about anything you'd need for a camping trip you'll find in the Gear Library at Roosevelt Park Gym, plus team sports equipment, clothing, picnic supplies, even gear for cold weather activities too! The Gear Library is located at the gym at Roosevelt Park at 739 Van Raalte Dr. SW in Grand Rapids. The library is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 

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