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Improvements to Canal & Sixth St. Parks

Improvements to Canal & Sixth St. Parks


Improvements are coming to Canal & Sixth St. Parks in 2021, and we want to hear from you!

This survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete and we encourage the community of all ages to participate.  

Thank you for directing investments to this important public space.


CONTACT: [email protected] | 616.456.3000

Design Process & Timeline

The planning and design process for improvements to Canal and Sixth Street Parks will take place this summer and fall, with construction in Summer 2021. All engagement will take place online.

This Phase I survey is intended to collect input on the current and future needs for this park. Results will be used to create a concept plan of proposed improvements for additional resident feedback (Phase II).


Project Funding

These improvements are made possible with funding from the 2013 voter-approved Parks Millage. Thank you, Grand Rapids residents!

Canal Park Seating Upgrades

The City of Grand Rapids and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. are collaborating to upgrade benches and litter receptacles to match standards in the 2019 Grand River Trail Design Guidelines. You can expect to see these new amenities as a part of this project: 

Landscape Forms FGP BenchLandscap Forms Poe Litter Receptacle

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Grand River Restoration Efforts

Long-term planning for Canal & Sixth Street Parks -- including trail connections, river access points, and signage -- are being coordinated with upcoming river restoration construction.

You can learn more about this project at