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Grand Rapids, MI
Report Summary:

From March 25-27, 2019, ULI convened a group of member and partner experts in Grand Rapids, Michigan for a parks and open space National Study Visit. Experts advised the city and area stakeholders on a land acquisition strategy for equitable park access.

Experts were asked to consider:

  1. The optimal location for new parks to ensure that all existing residents are within a 10-minute walk to the space
  2. Options for size and placement that would have the largest impact on equitable park access
  3. Specific properties that would be ideal for future park space
  4. How the city’s growth patterns impact plans for future parks
  5. How current land values should guide the budget for future park space acquisitions

Report Summary: From March 25-27, 2019, ULI convened a group of member and partner experts in Grand Rapids, Michigan for a parks and open space National Study Visit. Experts advised the city and area stakeholders on a land acquisition strategy for equitable park access.

Experts were asked to consider:

  1. The optimal location for new parks to ensure that all existing residents are within a 10-minute walk to the space
  2. Options for size and placement that would have the largest impact on equitable park access
  3. Specific properties that would be ideal for future park space
  4. How the city’s growth patterns impact plans for future parks
  5. How current land values should guide the budget for future park space acquisitions
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