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With just over 1,600 acres in 74 city-owned park sites and 244 acres in 47 park-school sites, the City of Grand Rapids welcomes you to enjoy the natural beauty and recreational opportunities in our community. Some park sites also host public outdoor art, sculptures, and historical monuments.
A few park highlights...
Ah-Nab-Awen Park: Once the site of a Native American village, this park began as a bicentennial project which involved extensive public design input. The park exhibits numerous pieces of art and is often viewed in the context of the later addition to the site, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. The name Ah-Nab-Awen was proposed by the Elders of the Three Fires Council and means Resting Place.
Calder Plaza: An open, hard-surfaced plaza that hosts numerous community events and "La GrandeVitesse", the Alexander Calder Stabile which symbolizes the City of Grand Rapids.
Dog Parks: There are two dog parks in the City of Grand Rapids’ park system. Covell Dog Park is located at the corner of Covell & Bridge NW and Hillcrest Dog Park is located at 1415 Lyon St NE. Hillcrest has a separate fenced area for smaller dogs. Both are a great place for dogs to run and play off their leash. Please remember to clean up after your dog, and follow the rules that are posted at the park.
Fish Ladder Park: This functional piece of artwork, designed by the artist, Joseph Kinnebrew, provides a practical application as well as an aesthetic pleasure. Designed to allow migrating fish a means of circumventing the powerful water flow at the man-made rapids in the Grand River, this popular site allows visitors to watch fish jump up the ladder in a seasonal migration in the spring and late summer.
Robert Morris "Earthwork": Also known as "the X", this monumental sculpture of earth, asphalt, and natural grass is the first permanent large-scale outdoor work in the world created by artist, Robert Morris. This functional piece of art allows viewers from Lookout Park to traverse the steep hill down to the ball fields at Belknap Park.
Rosa Parks Circle: In the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, a public art space designed by the world-renowned artist, Maya Lin. Outdoor ice skating is offered from approximately the first week in December to the first week in March. Numerous concerts, events, and festivals are also held here throughout the year.
Westown Commons Park: This neighborhood park on the Westside was among the first parks in the city to be renovated using dedicated park improvement funding from the 2013 tax millage. The much-loved skatepark is the a large draw for area youth who put many volunteer hours into cleaning up and helping redesign the park. In 2015, Westown Commons was awarded as a "Frontline Park" by the City-Parks Alliance as an example of urban park excellence.