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Grand Rapids – Plans are in the works for a universal-access canoe and kayak launch at Riverside Park in western Michigan.

The project is supported by a $150,000 Michigan Department of Natural Resources Recreation Passport grant and $80,000 from Grand Rapids’ parks millage.

The project is scheduled to begin in 2020 and focuses on the middle section of Riverside Park around the lagoon, which is the oldest area of the park. Renovations will include replacing an old dock with a universal-access canoe and kayak launch; replacing restrooms; and widening pathways.

Riverside Park is a 187-acre urban park that is more than 1.5 miles long. It was established in the 1920s and includes Grand River frontage, a creek, woods, wetlands, ponds and a lagoon.

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