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Old 09-11-2012, 11:14 AM
 
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Having been born in, and lived virtually all of my life in Grand Rapids, I have always heard random references to there being a park (or possibly parks) located somewhere in the city that has a view/bluff/point that overlooks downtown Grand Rapids. I know that probably one of the best options for a nice, posh park with a great city view is Ah-Nab-Awen Park/The Lawn at Gerald R. Ford Museum. But I'm convinced that there's probably a park in town I've never known about with an even better view. Are there any such parks in Grand Rapids that have a view/bluff/point that overlook downtown and you could lay down a blanket for a picnic or reading? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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Lookout park in the Belknap Hill neighborhood.

Speaking of which, I found this postcard of Lookout Park. Anyone know if the statue in the postcard is the same statue found at the intersection of State and Cherry? Why was it moved?
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Belknap Lookout Park. Crescent Park is good as well, next to Van Andel Institute.
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Old 09-23-2014, 05:14 PM
 
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Yes, the statue is the very same one at the intersection of State Street and Cherry Street. As to why it was moved, I don't know just yet.
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Old 09-23-2014, 07:40 PM
 
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Yep, the "lookout" is here I believe.

http://binged.it/1qs3HYT
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Old 09-25-2014, 05:39 PM
 
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Yes, the statue is the very same one at the intersection of State Street and Cherry Street. As to why it was moved, I don't know just yet.
From what I can find from superficial research on Google, apparently in the mid-fifties there was some lobbying by veterans groups to move it to a more prominent spot and they proposed to have it moved to Veterans Park which at the time was going through a major remodeling. I don't think you can literally find a more prominent spot in the city than the top of Lookout Park. I think the real concern was vandalism. Lookout Park had a reputation as a pretty rowdy place back then. Why it ended up in Foster Park at Cherry and State instead of Veterans Park is unclear. One theory is that being a statue rather than a obelisk, it didn't fit the new design for Veterans Park. Interestingly in the last year, Bruce Butgereit, the old civil war re-enactor who got the civil war monument on Fulton restored, has asked the city to again consider moving it to Veterans Park.
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Old 09-25-2014, 05:43 PM
 
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Another good lookout spot on the west side of town is the pavilion at the top of John Ball Park. The access road to get up there is at the southwest side of the park off of Butterworth over by the Coke bottling plant.
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Old 11-24-2014, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids
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There's also a great view from the end of the Sunset Ave NW, but this is purely residential and there are no extra spots to park or set up a picnic or anything fun. Just take a photo, enjoy the view, and go.

223 Sunset Ave NW
https://www.google.com/maps/place/22...pids,+MI+49504

View from Lookout Park is much different to that on the postcard as the hillside has been allowed to overgrow.
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Old 12-04-2014, 12:42 PM
 
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I grew up on Livingston, a block away from Lookout Park, and as a kid I often played around (and on) the statue. It was very sad when they moved it. But I now live on Madison, half a block from the same statue -- funny how things like that happen!
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Old 02-17-2016, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids
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We've lived in Grand Rapids for about a year now and despite the nice hills around the city, have only found a couple spots with great views. One of the best by far is coming down from I-196. Can't help but wonder why they don't put a look out in this location. Would be a great asset to show off the city!

https://goo.gl/maps/4QmhBdLxEru
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