Sigsbee Park Improvements

On September 17, 2019, GRPS hosted a community forum in partnership with the City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation. Community members and members of the local Eastown Community Association provided a wealth of knowledge about the park’s history and shared their thoughts and opinions about the future of the space.

The following is an attempt to faithfully represent the community’s desires and preferences:

  • Reconfigure park to be more open and connected across the park.
  • Maintain greenspace as “unprogrammed, flexible, freeplay.”
  • Provide gathering space with shade. 
  • Consider improvements to basketball court.
  • Re-install memorial in new, permanent location.
  • Do something to improve the lower bowl and preserve kids’ biking play value.

Popular Ideas

As part of the intent of the Wege Grant, the park improvements will include a nature-based play component. The community was asked to review images of nature-based play ideas and mark which ones they liked and which ones they didn’t like.

The following components received the greatest number of likes:

park path tire swing outdoor classroom1
Nature play 1 covered area vertical poles
Turf Reinforcement Stumb Climber terra nova logpile2

Guiding Principles

Support Community Culture - Engage with community priorities and values to support immediate and continued community use, as is consistent with the neighborhood’s long history with the space.

Create a Shared Place - Maintain the property as a flexible resource, accommodating both community use and school programming, such that current community uses could overlap with and be appropriate for GRPS elementary school and preschool usage in the future.

Engage with Nature - Create a user experience rooted in the dynamic and profoundly positive relationship between nature and people’s mental, physiological, spiritual, and emotional well-being.

We need your help!

Please take the time to review the Master Plan for improvements to Sigsbee Park.

Please vote! Indicate which project you’d like completed next by filling out this survey. Funding and coordination of volunteers and other partners will be planned based on your input! All projects are an opportunity to collaborate! Please contact Kristen Trovillion at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know how we can partner together!