A key priority in the 2012 Green Grand Rapids Master Plan Amendment is improving river access through the creation of additional public open spaces at the riverfront termini of selected east-west streets and at bridge crossings, as well as improved sidewalks, street tree plantings and bike lanes on selected streets leading to the river. Other strategies in Green Grand Rapids include creating off-street greenways by daylighting the river’s tributary streams (see design concept for Coldbrook Opportunity Site). Extending the Riverwalk from Riverside to Millennium Park is another priority of Green Grand Rapids as described on Page 85, Implementation.
Reclaiming and reinvesting in a clean, accessible, beautiful, and verdant river achieves the City’s Master Plan goals of “a City in Balance with Nature” and “a City that Enriches our Lives.”
Number of Participants: 1800, 17 month process