This expansion project is scheduled for completion in May 2017. Scope includes a new viewing pavilion with metal panels and cedar soffit, which will double the capacity for visitors with added picnic tables, benches, and new permanent restrooms. Parking spaces will also nearly double from 57 current spaces to 102 in the renovated lot. Additionally, there will be four new bus parking spaces to accommodate school and tour groups.
The Airport Viewing Park opened at its current location at 4820 Kraft Avenue SE, just north of 52nd Street, in 1995. Over the years it has become a popular spot for area workers to take a lunch break, or for families to pack a picnic and enjoy a free afternoon spotting planes. In fact, it was voted the "Best Kept Secret in Grand Rapids" in Grand Rapids Kids Magazine's July 2015 issue.
This project is being funded by the Gerald R. Ford International Airport and the Cascade Community Foundation’s “Community is Our Middle Name” campaign.