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Rosa Parks Circle

  • Monroe Center and Monroe Ave.
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Neighborhood:Downtown
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Created by internationally known artist, Maya Lin. Water is featured in the frozen, liquid and vapor states. Concerts are held on summer evenings and ice skate rentals are provided in the winter. A small fee is charged for each skating session.

Rosa Parks Circle was named one of 5 Great Public Spaces in America by the American Planning Association in 2017!

  • Family

    A convenient resting spot for families visiting downtown, a frequent site of kid-friendly festivals and a popular ice-skating destination in winter.

  • Outdoor Recreation

    Designated a public park by the city of Grand Rapids, this 3.5-acre plaza is a popular spot for warm-weather gatherings and cold-weather ice-skating.

  • Music

    Head to this downtown gathering space for a variety of free music events, including concerts, ethnic festivals and community swing dances.

  • Local Gems

    Named one of America’s Great Public Spaces, this downtown plaza was designed by Maya Lin, famed for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

  • Eco Friendly

    The water theme of this “green respite in the heart of the city” was inspired by the Grand River that flows just two blocks away.

  • Art & Culture

    This public plaza is also one of the city’s most unique works of public art – Maya Lin designed it as an “experiential” piece called “Ecliptic.”

  • Knowledge Chaser

    Visit the space that has been known as the heart of the city for more than 150 years, first as Grab Corners, then as Campau Square and now as Rosa Parks Circle.

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  • Park Type: City
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  • Getting Around the Venue: The sidewalks along Monroe Avenue and Monroe Center Street are wide and level. There are several marked crosswalks that lead across Monroe Avenue and Monroe Center Street. There are curb ramps present at these crosswalks.

    There are Men’s and Women’s multi-user style Restrooms available with accessible stalls.

    The Amphitheater has a gently sloped path up to the covered performance stage. There are tiered platforms that descend from the sidewalk level to the amphitheater pit. These tiers may be used as bench seating, but do not have seat backs.

    The compacted gravel park paths are wide and level.

    There is seasonal table and chair seating options available.
  • Accessible Parking Options: Louis — Campau Parking Ramp at 300 Monroe NW. — 0.02 miles from the venue.
General
Beach, Parks & Trails
Accessibility
  • Getting Around the Venue: The sidewalks along Monroe Avenue and Monroe Center Street are wide and level. There are several marked crosswalks that lead across Monroe Avenue and Monroe Center Street. There are curb ramps present at these crosswalks. There are Men’s and Women’s multi-user style Restrooms available with accessible stalls. The Amphitheater has a gently sloped path up to the covered performance stage. There are tiered platforms that descend from the sidewalk level to the amphitheater pit. These tiers may be used as bench seating, but do not have seat backs. The compacted gravel park paths are wide and level. There is seasonal table and chair seating options available.
  • Accessible Parking Options: Louis — Campau Parking Ramp at 300 Monroe NW. — 0.02 miles from the venue.
All
  • Restrooms:
Parks
  • Park Type: City
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