The Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department provided an annual update to the city commission on 37 recently completed, current and upcoming park improvement projects.

The projects mark the final phase of the seven-year parks millage passed by Grand Rapids voters in 2013.

The park system’s second nature-based playscape and first gender-neutral restroom — which will serve as the standard for future park restroom projects — are among the highlights of the past year’s improvements.

David Marquardt, parks and recreation director, told the city commission this year’s $4.4 million millage investment was supplemented by nearly $3 million of leveraged funding from external organizations and grants.

“Guided by the investment policies initiated by this body and the Parks Advisory Committee, we continue to be good stewards of the millage dollars approved by our residents,” Marquardt said. “The extra funding that we have secured from our federal and state partners have really stretched our residents’ tax dollars and allowed us to improve our parks much more than we could have without that support.”

Remaining park projects to be funded from the 2013 parks millage include Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 220 Front Ave. NW, which is pending amid Grand River restoration projects, and Sullivan Field, 650 Valley Ave. NW, which will continue community design input in 2021.

On completion of these projects, the millage will have funded a total of 83 park improvement projects across Grand Rapids with each of the city’s 75 parks receiving upgrades. The total millage investment since 2014 is $22,810,522 with $17,048,605 in additional leveraged funding.