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    What is Grand Rapids’ community vision for parks and greenspace? How do Grand Rapids’ leaders know what is more important to citizens – a neighborhood tot lot within a 10-minute walking distance or a trail system that connects every neighborhood to the Grand River? Are there different priorities for different areas of the city? A process is needed that will engage and listen to citizens throughout the city. Every piece of property must be re-evaluated to determine its relative value and contribution towards meeting parks and greenspace priorities within Grand Rapids.


    The Green Grand Rapids process will discuss parks, greenspace and sustainability issues with citizens. A broad-based public engagement strategy is crucial if a vision that represents our community priorities is to be developed. Green Grand Rapids will develop that much needed community vision. This will be a concentrated effort that will be respectful of people’s time and energies. Prior efforts will enable new discussions to be focused and meaningful. Existing plans, including the Master Plan and the diligent work of groups such as the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Parks and Recreation – that examined funding issues – will be recognized and used.


    As part of the "grassroots" effort to create a green infrastructure plan, the City needs your input!  Citizen participation in Green Grand Rapids will inform policy makers, city staff, nonprofits and various interest groups about those things that are important to you.  There are a lot of tough challenges facing our community.  Your input will help guide where dollars are spent, how we use our infrastructure and what the cities green priorities should be.


    Phase One:

    Inventory and Ideas

    The Green Grand Rapids project team collected a great deal of information about green infrastructure in the first project phase.  Much of this information has been transferred into our Green Atlas.  Citizens assisted in the colleciton of information and new ideas by playing Green Pursuits

    At the first citywide meeting, Green Gathering: Ideas participants charted a course for important ideas that they wanted to examine and discuss.

    Phase Two:


    Ideas generated from Phase One raised a number of questions about priorities and the choices that must be made to achieve community goals.  The feasibility of an idea, its cost and benefit, ability to provide equity and environmental protection, and overall effectiveness will be examined at Green Gathering: Choices.  Citizens will review inventory information and determine the best objectives, strategies and actions for a successful outcome.

    Phase Three:
    Plans and Actions

    Plan concepts that capture the public's input will begin to create a vision for what an implemented plan would look like.  Five special study areas, including the Grand River, Butterworth Landfill, 201 Market, Joe Taylor Park and Ball-Perkins Park will integrate the community's ideas into a series of achievable plans.  Citizens will be asked to identify partnering opportunities, funding strategies and prioritize the City's work plan at the final Green Gathering: Actions.


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