is the largest urban park in West Michigan
, located on the southwest side of Grand Rapids
. Millennium Park connects four of the major cities in the area together, including Grand Rapids, Wyoming
, and Walker
. When completed, the park will be twice as large as New York City's Central Park
, at approximately 1,500 acres (6 km²).
The project began in 1998 when the Parks Department director Roger Sabine began planning for an expansion of Johnson Park
. Sabine expanded the Johnson Park expansion into the 1,500 acre (6 km²) park project. The project was finally submitted to the Secchia Millennium Commission (SMC) later that year and later approved the project by which the Kent County Board of Commissioners named the park Millennium Park. The park celebrated its grand opening in July 2004.
The park is built on the former location of gypsum mines and gravel pits,
including the former location of the .
- Beach and splashpad
- Boating center
- Fishing dock
- Picnic shelters
In July 2010, more than 120 visitors contracted norovirus
. An epidemiologist stated that there were "reports of... Read More