KaBOOM! Nope, not the fireworks that fill our evening skies but a playground that was built in the former Pulaski Park on the corner of Fifth Street and Muskegon. After several years of sitting idle, this vacant lot has been transformed into the vibrancy of children playing amidst the bright colors of yellow, orange, and plumb. On June 16th Steepletown took the lead in the build-out of a KaBOOM! playground with the support of Amway Corporation and many volunteers from the neighborhood. As Tim Collier, Director of the nearby Stockbridge BoilerRoom states: “As I think about our neighborhood and all that is happening in it right now, I see this park as an opportunity to foster community in our little pocket of the West Side, especially among the families who live here. As a green space, it’s a place of beauty. As a playground, it’s a place of joy and is a physical picture of the way we as adults value the kids growing up in this neighborhood.”
On Tuesday, October 3rd, a Picnic in the Park is planned from 4:00-6:00p.m. to celebrate and dedicate this newly renovated space. The picnic will include family-friendly entertainment, games, food, and the presence of the GRPD K-9 Unit and horses of the Kent County Mounted Unit. Monsignor Stasker, Pastor of the Basilica of St. Adalbert, will do a blessing of the park including the animals. The picnic will also serve as a kick-off for neighbors to further develop a shared ownership and responsibility for taking care of the park. This event is being co-sponsored by Steepletown, the Basilica of St. Adalbert, West Grand Neighborhood Organization, the Stockbridge Boiler Room, Grand Rapids Police Department, and the Stockbridge Business Association.