WHAT: A community open house to exchange ideas for the rehabilitation of Monument and Veterans Memorial Parks, two key public parks in downtown Grand Rapids. Monument Park is the small triangular public space at the junction of Division Avenue, Fulton Street and Monroe Center. Veterans Memorial Park is a 1.6 acre park located at East Fulton and Sheldon Avenue.

WHY: The two parks have continually evolved since their establishment in the late 1800’s. In recent years the visibility of and activities in the parks have changed significantly due to numerous factors, including substantial revitalization in the area. The current rehab effort aims to, among other goals, enhance public use and enjoyment of the space; celebrate the heritage of the parks; continue to honor the service and sacrifice of local military veterans; and support the ongoing movement to make downtown more attractive, green, walkable, and distinct.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Community open house
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Community open house
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Presentation of findings and discussion

WHERE: GRCC Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Participants can park free in the public ramp off Ransom Street.

WHO: Members of Monument/Veteran’s Memorial Parks Planning Committee

  • Chris Reader, Chair, (616) 516-5276
  • Mike Burri, Commander, United Veterans Council of Kent County (616) 299-7321
  • Bill Kirk, Resident, Heartside Neighborhood, (616) 437-3674

Jay Steffen, Assistant Planning Director, City of Grand Rapids
(616) 456-4308/jsteffen@grcity.us