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Community designed plan for Madison Square Park!

Community designed plan for Madison Square Park!

Posted: 12-02-2011

Community members gathered on Saturday November 19 for an all-day design charrette of the vacant space on the corner of Madison and Adams. Ideas were flowing as they reviewed preliminary plans, shared concerns of safety and sustainability, and worked with architects to design the space.

Stacia Hoeksema, a neighborhood stakeholder shared some insight, “Given my experience with many neighborhood kids playing in my back yard, indestructible has to be the main criteria for this park.” During the charrette her children all drew up personal designs with their hopes for the park and play space.

The plans include a playground space, picnic area, restroom, and a community event space which could be used for concerts, community markets, movie nights and doubles as a spray pad. One resident suggested making the space a wifi hotspot, that feature has now been incorporated into the plans as well. The hope for the park is that it will serve as a community gathering place, where families can have picnics, local businessmen and women can take their lunch breaks, children can play together and people can take off their shoes and read a book under the trees.

Darren Cunningham from Fox 17 News covered the event. His piece can be found here.

Plans are still being finalized, the picture displays the most recent edition.

Thanks to the City of Grand Rapids, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, SECA and OCBA for your partnership to make this community-driven plan a success!