With just over 1,200 acres in 71 city-owned park sites and 350 acres in 48 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.
UNIQUE PARK SITES
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.
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. Various concerts and events are also held here throughout the year and the site is a popular choice for outdoor weddings.