New splashpad among improvements to reopened GR park

Mary Waters Park
Water springs from the splash pad at Mary Waters Park in Grand Rapids. (Oct. 14, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The first of six Grand Rapids parks redesigned this year is now welcoming visitors.

City leaders celebrated the grand reopening of Mary Waters Park Friday.

The city said a federal grant covered $700,000 of the nearly $800,000 in park construction costs.

Mary Waters Park now features a new splash pad, picnic shelter, restroom facility, walking path, benches and drinking fountain. Workers also renovated the playground and parking lot.

Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Director David Marquardt said the improvements were based on input from hundreds of residents who attended park workshops last year.

The remaining five parks redesigned this year will reopen in the coming weeks. They include Campau, Camelot, Douglas, Dickinson and Mulick parks.

The city says it’s revitalized 14 parks since 2015, thanks in part to a parks millage approved by voters in November 2013. The seven-year millage provides approximately $4 million each year for park, pool, and playground projects.

Federal grants also helped fund work at Dickinson and Douglas Parks.