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Garfield Park

  • 2111 Madison SE
  • Neighborhood:
    South Town
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49507
  • (616) 456-3232

Est. 1906 (playground) 1918 (park)

In 1906, Julia Fletcher and Charles Garfield gave land for the Fletcher-Garfield playground. In 1918, Garfield donated 15 additional acres of woodland containing trees he’d planted; these two gifts were combined into present-day Garfield Park.

A leading proponent of reforestation, Garfield’s ashes are buried beneath a grove of trees at the park.  There is a small marker at the base of a Sycamore Tree. It is located next to the Garfield Lodge parking lot, and directly east of the Garfield Memorial. The marker reads: “Memory Tree, Chas. W. Garfield, Useful Citizen, Lover of Trees.”  There is also a large boulder that bears his name.

A new playground was installed at Garfield Park in 2010 as part of the Hands Across the City event in partnership with KaBOOM!  The non-functioning pool was removed from the park that same year.

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