City completes upgrades to West Side park

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Courtesy city of Grand Rapids

The city of Grand Rapids has completed improvements to a park space on the city’s West Side.

The city said Wednesday, Oct. 21, it completed improvements at Lexington Park, at 48 Gold Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

The park — previously a vacant lot adjacent to the site of former Lexington Elementary School — now features a new picnic shelter, new 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, the city’s parks and recreation director. “These improvements wouldn’t have been possible without the creative design input of neighborhood residents in 2018.”

Located at 48 Gold Ave. NW, the park space was donated to the city of Grand Rapids in 2013. The total cost of the improvements — $160,000 — was 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.”

The Lexington Park project team included the Grand Rapids firms Progressive AE and Katerberg VerHage Inc.

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