The City of Grand Rapids dedicates its 23rd and newest park, the Wilcox Memorial Park, in the Remer-DeScheppers neighborhood of northwest Grand Rapids Tuesday afternoon. Dale Anderson, Director of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, thanked Grand Rapids State Bank for its donation of land two years ago.
“We’re proud to dedicate our 23rd park in the City of Grand Rapids,” Dale Anderson explained. “I began visiting with Noah Wilcox a few years ago about donating this piece of property, and while it took a while, we’re very appreciative of Grand Rapids State Bank’s generosity.”
Mayor Dale Adams added that the new park is a good fit for the community. “If you look at a map of the city, you’ll see that this neighborhood is a long way from the nearest park at Blandin Beach on Forest Lake, more than a mile away,” said Adams. “Our goal is to create parks that are user-friendly and age-appropriate for the neighborhood while being safe and secure for residents. The City appreciates having business partners like Grand Rapids State Bank and others who help make this a great community in which to live.”
The park name was suggested as a memorial to Clair Wilcox, the second generation of the Wilcox family that has owned Grand Rapids State Bank since 1914. President and CEO Noah Wilcox reinforced the bank’s appreciation for the cooperation of the City in making this possible. “The process of donating this land to the City began in 2013, and we’re delighted to see what a wonderful asset it has become for this neighborhood. As a community bank, we’re dedicated to helping make the Grand Rapids area an attractive place to do business. We’re grateful for the opportunity to provide a legacy to my grandfather and family.”
The Wilcox Memorial Park, located at the intersection of Alice Street and Rogers Avenue in northwest Grand Rapids, includes a structured play area with equipment that was installed this summer.