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Garfield Park

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

General
Beach, Parks & Trails
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  • Playground:
  • Ball Diamond:
  • Basketball:
  • Open Shelter:
  • Restrooms:
  • Sand Volleyball:
  • Tennis Courts:
Parks
  • Park Type: City
Trail
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Accessibility
  • Getting Around the Venue: There are designated accessible parking spaces with adjacent access aisles in the three parking lots. There are no designated “Van-Accessible” spaces.

    Burton Parking Lot: The routes to the other areas of the park are over grass. There only route to the park is over the sidewalks along Burton Street and Madison Avenue.

    Madison Parking Lot: The paint and decals for the designated accessible parking spaces are faded, and the lot pavement is damaged with may large cracks and potholes.

    Jefferson Parking Lot: The paint and decals for the designated accessible parking spaces are faded, and there are no signs present in front of the spaces. The only route to the other areas of the park is over the sidewalks along Burton Street and Madison Avenue.

    The Jefferson Lot has wide, level routes to the Tennis Courts.

    The Madison Lot has wide, level routes to the Playground.

    The Volleyball pit route from the Burton Lot is over grass.

    There are Men’s and Women’s restrooms available near the Jefferson Lot, and the Madison Lot.

    The Park Complex and Gazeebo has wide level routes from the Madison Lot.

    There is an accessible picnic table present in the Gazeebo.
  • Accessible Parking Options: Madison Avenue Parking Lot at 2111 Madison SE. — 0.0 miles from the venue.

    Burton Street Parking Lot at 334 Burton Street SE. — 0.0 miles from the venue.

    Jefferson Avenue Parking Lot at 2000 Jefferson SE. — 0.0 miles from the venue.
General
Beach, Parks & Trails
Accessibility
  • Getting Around the Venue: There are designated accessible parking spaces with adjacent access aisles in the three parking lots. There are no designated “Van-Accessible” spaces. Burton Parking Lot: The routes to the other areas of the park are over grass. There only route to the park is over the sidewalks along Burton Street and Madison Avenue. Madison Parking Lot: The paint and decals for the designated accessible parking spaces are faded, and the lot pavement is damaged with may large cracks and potholes. Jefferson Parking Lot: The paint and decals for the designated accessible parking spaces are faded, and there are no signs present in front of the spaces. The only route to the other areas of the park is over the sidewalks along Burton Street and Madison Avenue. The Jefferson Lot has wide, level routes to the Tennis Courts. The Madison Lot has wide, level routes to the Playground. The Volleyball pit route from the Burton Lot is over grass. There are Men’s and Women’s restrooms available near the Jefferson Lot, and the Madison Lot. The Park Complex and Gazeebo has wide level routes from the Madison Lot. There is an accessible picnic table present in the Gazeebo.
  • Accessible Parking Options: Madison Avenue Parking Lot at 2111 Madison SE. — 0.0 miles from the venue. Burton Street Parking Lot at 334 Burton Street SE. — 0.0 miles from the venue. Jefferson Avenue Parking Lot at 2000 Jefferson SE. — 0.0 miles from the venue.
Information
  • Picnic Area:
  • Playground:
  • Ball Diamond:
  • Basketball:
  • Open Shelter:
  • Restrooms:
  • Sand Volleyball:
  • Tennis Courts:
Parks
  • Park Type: City
Trail
  • Hiking: