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Plans move forward to redesign 2 downtown Grand Rapids parks

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Plans are moving forward to make two downtown Grand Rapids parks more accessible and user-friendly.

The Grand Rapids Press reports design firms have expressed an interest in redesigning Calder Plaza, located between City Hall, the Kent County Administrative Building and the "La Grande Vitesse" sculpture by Alexander Calder.

The plaza was designed in the late 1960s and is a popular location for rallies and festivals, but it's been criticized for a lack of daily use.

Tim Kelly, a planning manager for Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., says the redesign will be "respectful of the historic aspect of Alexander Calder's layout of the plaza."

Plans are further along to reconfigure Lyon Square, located where Lyon Street ends at the Grand River between the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and DeVos Place.

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