Grand Street Park

Help turn a vacant parcel into a community-designed downtown park!

Marshall, MI Placemaking Community


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Tax Deductible

City of Marshall is a Registered 501(c)(3), Tax ID 38-6004708.

An unexpected opportunity

After a fire destroyed the corner café at 228 W. Michigan Ave. in Marshall, Michigan over four years ago, the property has sat vacant and underutilized. The City of Marshall now owns the lot and wants to breathe life and community back into the property in the form of a downtown park! 

A park designed for the community, by the community

On August 1st, 2016, the City invited the public to come out and submit design ideas for the new park. Over one hundred members of our community showed up to either submit a design or to vote for one of their favorites. At the end of the night, we had received over 30 designs. The City then formed a committee to finalize the park plan utilizing all of the community's designs. 

By involving the community in the design process, our town was able to develop a sense of pride and ownership in regards to the space at 228 W. Michigan Ave., allowing the park to be a transparent, community-backed project through and through.

Reimagining the corner of N. Grand & W. Michigan

Click to enlarge 3-D rendering! 

Features of our park:

  • A vintage postcard-themed mural located on the neighboring building’s wall
  • Concrete picnic tables with chess boards incorporated onto the tabletops
  • A concrete pad design, along with a pad along the mural wall to allow for “selfies at the wall”
  • Sail canopies shading the seating area on the concrete pad
  • Landscaping along the north and east walls
  • A wrought-iron fence design and donor names painted along the wall on the north side of the property

Note: Mural depicted in drawing above is a mock-up for the sake of the 3-D rendering. Design will be created and painted by local artist under the same vintage postcard theme.  

The City of Hospitality

Marshall is home to a beautiful, historic downtown that is booming with small businesses. We’re eager to collaborate with the community to bring new growth and innovation to our downtown, invigorate community spaces, and to provide lasting impressions and memories for residents and visitors alike!

A vibrant and community-based space will draw more people into our downtown area, positively impacting our downtown both financially and in terms of our community’s well-being.

Jump on board

The public has spoken on what they want to see in this space, now help us turn our community’s dream into a reality! YOU can be a part of this incredible, exciting, and rewarding community effort. By donating to the cause, you can join the effort to turn a vacant parcel into a fun, community space that residents and visitors can enjoy during their time in Marshall. 

If we meet our goal of $50,000 raised, we will receive a matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan State Housing Development Authority, essentially DOUBLING YOUR DONATIONS!

If you want to support this important project, but prefer not to make a gift online, please contact Elizabeth at (269) 558-0322 or

You may mail checks (made out to the City of Marshall) with “Grand Street Park” in the note to:

City of Marshall
ATTN: Grand Street Park
323 W. Michigan Ave. 
Marshall, MI 49068

OR you may also make a cash donation at City Hall (323. W. Michigan Ave.) or the Public Services Building (900 S. Marshall Ave.)

Note: All investments in this project are tax-deductible and 100% of donation goes to the park project.

All photos courtesy of MAEDA (Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance)

Give $10 or more

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Park Relaxer

Your donation of $10 or more will help us find you a spot to relax in the park!

Give $50 or more

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Chasing the Kids in the Park

Your donation of $50 or more will help us to provide a place for your kids to run around downtown!

Give $100 or more

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Selfies in the Park

Your donation of $100 or more will help give you a terrific back drop for your new selfie AND your name will be featured on the north-wall mural! (Small letters)

Give $500 or more

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Grand Street Park Marshal

Your donation of $500 or more will make you the Grand Marshal of helping us create our downtown park AND your name will be featured on the north-wall mural! (Medium letters)

Give $1000 or more

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Grand Street Park Poobah

Your donation of $1,000 or more will forever guarantee your place as Marshall's Grand Street Park Poobah (no funny hats required) AND your name will be featured on the north-wall mural! (Large letters)


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