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New hammock grove, butterfly garden opens at Briggs Park


The City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department today announced the opening of a new hammock grove and butterfly garden.

There’s a new hammock grove and butterfly garden opening at Briggs Park on Knapp St. NE.

The space, which is also a public art piece, was reimagined by the Creston Neighborhood Association, Lions & Rabbits Center for the Arts, and local artist Craig Merchant.

A group of volunteers will plant native pollinator species in the center of the space with the help of Hum Native Plantscapes this fall.

The grove features tall wooden structures painted in bright colors with hooks for visitors to attach their own hammocks.

David Marquardt, the City’s parks and recreation director, says quote, “Multiuse spaces like this help us achieve our mission of collaborative stewardship of our natural, educational and cultural resources.” Adding, “The new hammock grove and butterfly garden seamlessly blends nature, art, and recreation to create a unique community space.”

This project was funded by the voter-approved parks millage.

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