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Depaving ceremony to celebrate ground breaking on Pleasant Park - December 2nd, 2013

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A “depaving” ceremony at Pleasant Park will celebrate the start of construction on a project several years in the making to replace a 2.4 acre parking lot with a new city park in the Heritage Hill and South Hill neighborhoods.
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Neighbors, supporters, the Mayor, elected officials, and City staff will be on hand to ceremoniously swing sledgehammers to break up asphalt, making way for new greenspace in the community to be completed in 2014.
The depaving ceremony is set to begin at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2 at the future home of Pleasant Park at 400 Pleasant Avenue SE.
Pleasant Park is the result of a consensus-based park concept plan that was developed through a charrette process in the neighborhood in 2010. This project will develop a City-owned parking lot into Pleasant Park, a neighborhood park located at 400 Pleasant Ave SE. The new park is located in an area of the city determined to be severely underserved for access to green space according to the Green Grand Rapids Master Plan. Funding for the project comes from the Natural Resources Trust Fund at the State of Michigan, Community Development Block Grant funds, a neighborhood Special Assessment District, and private dollars raised through Heritage Hill Neighborhood, South Hill Neighborhood Association, and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks from local individuals, companies, and foundations like Dyer-Ives Foundation and the VanderWeide Foundation. There were several other cost saving measures to reduce costs for the overall project, and GMB Architects and Engineers deeply discounted their price to complete the construction document phase of the project.

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