Roberto Clemente Park to reopen

Courtesy city of Grand Rapids

The city of Grand Rapids will reopen Roberto Clemente Park at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 after the completion of the park’s $1.5 million renovation project that began last year.

City officials will unveil the improvements, which include a new outdoor discovery area and natural play space, accessibility improvements, new picnic shelter and restroom, new green infrastructure and stormwater management, additional furnishings like bench seating, lighting, landscaping, grills, game table and trash receptacles.

Parks and Recreation Director David Marquardt, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks Executive Director Stephanie Adams, First Ward Commissioner Kurt Reppart, Roosevelt Neighborhood Association Board President Reggie Smith, Southwest Elementary/Middle School principal Carlos de la Barrera and Puerto Rican Cultural Committee member Margarit Hernandez all will attend the reopening ceremony.

The project was funded by the parks millage passed in 2013, a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant and the Grand Rapids Environmental Services Department.

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