Keep on the Grass: A Brief History of Grand Rapids Parks

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Date(s) - 10/25/2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Grand Rapids Public Library - Main Branch

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There was a time when people flocked to city parks in the summer to escape the heat beneath the shade of large trees, to picnic on the lawns, to watch baseball games, play tennis, swim, and to socialize with their neighbors. Parks provided supervised games and activities six days a week throughout the summer for the city’s children. Dances and other activities were held in park buildings. In the winter, the parks offered skating and sledding. Michigan historians Chris Byron and Tom Wilson will share where the first parks in Grand Rapids were located and how new parks were developed and share the history of parks based on the Grand Rapids Historical Commission’s new book, Keep on the Grass: A Brief History of Grand Rapids Parks. David Marquardt, Director of Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation, and Stephanie Adams, Executive Director of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, will conduct a question and answer session at the end of the program.