Manhattan Park Development

Aerial view of Manhattan Park

As part of its 2019/2020 Community Parks & Recreation Plan, EGR's Parks & Recreation Department has begun working on the enhancement of Manhattan Park. Projects currently include updating its multi-use trails.

If you are interested in learning more about these enhancements and providing feedback, please review the following information. We will update this page with upcoming events and details. 



August 2022: Based on the public engagement sessions in spring and summer of 2022, the City performed an ecological assessment of the areas within Manhattan Park that have been identified for multi-use trails.  Additionally, the conceptual multi-use trail plan and frequently asked questions pages have been updated to reflect current information.  A copy of the ecological assessment, updated conceptual plan and frequently asked questions document can be found here: Fred Bunn Trails Ecological Assessment and FAQ

On August 31, 2022 a presentation was given and public input was received regarding the Fred Bunn Multi-Use Trails.  A copy of the presentation can be found here: Fred Bunn Multi-Use Trail Presentation.

May 2022: The Fred Bunn Trails at Manhattan Park conceptual designs have been included as part of the Community Open House Forums hosted by the City of East Grand Rapids in April and May.  As a result of the feedback from attendees from the input sessions, the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page has been updated.  

February 14, 2022: The City of East Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, February 14,  2022 at 6:00pm in the Commission Chambers of the Community Center, 750 Lakeside Dr. SE, East Grand Rapids, 49506. The purpose of the hearing is to accept public comment on a grant application for the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for funds to improve Manhattan Park, including the installation of a splash pad, playground equipment and other park amenities.  

May 18, 2021: At its May 17 meeting, the City Commission reviewed and approved the conceptual plans for the Manhattan Park Multi-Use Trails. The City will continue to collaborate with the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance and specific work will be presented to the Commission for further approval. 

April 15, 2021: At its April 12 meeting, the Parks & Recreation Commission reviewed and approved the Manhattan Park Multi-Use Trails proposal. The project will be presented to the City Commission on May 17.

The City is currently working with the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance to enhance the trails in Manhattan Park. This project is in the beginning/planning stages and will be presented to the Parks & Recreation Commission at its April 12 meeting. Plans have not been presented to the City Commission. 

At a neighborhood meeting on March 30 at Manhattan Park, members of the WMMBA stated the goal was to create up to 5k of multi-use trails to allow biking, walking, running and even dog walking. The trails were conceptualized during the 2020 Community Parks & Recreation Plan process to enhance the existing uses of the park. Trails would be constructed by a professional trail building company who will ensure proper drainage, adequate width, and the elimination of some of the invasive plant species found in the woods at Manhattan Park. While the City will approve and oversee the construction of the proposed trails, the WMMBA has agreed to raise half of the funds needed and to maintain the trails after construction.

Feedback Opportunity
Parks & Recreation and the WMMBA want to hear from you! Whether or not you were able to attend past meetings, please share your thoughts in writing to Mayor Favale and City Commission at 750 Lakeside Drive SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506 or by email to


Manhattan Park Proposed Splash Pad

We have received many inquiries about the splash pad that is proposed for Manhattan Park.  We are still in the concept phase of the project, but we have developed a FAQ page to help address some of the questions we have heard. 

Please note Parks & Recreation is currently focused on the Multi-Use Trails project. Other playground renovations, including the potential construction of splash pads and playgrounds, will be discussed at a later time if/when such a project is considered. We ask those interested in other renovations to stay tuned for additional feedback opportunities.

Call the Parks & Recreation Department with any questions regarding Manhattan Park development at 616.949.1750.