Our Walking Paths this year have evolved into being less strenuous as well as a way to learn about Grand Rapids one neighborhood at a time. Each walking path, between one and 2.2 miles, begins at Rosa Parks Circle and reaches out into each of the 5 neighborhoods in the ArtPrize district. We can now reach out to more venues and cover more ground. With each path starting and ending at Rosa Park Circle, it is easy to locate your next path and follow into a different part of the city. All neighborhoods are unique in their own way and we’re thrilled that this year’s walking paths will help you explore all the awesomeness of every nook and cranny of Grand Rapids. To help you choose which path is the best one for YOU to start with, this week’s blog posts will overview what you’ll see, smell, hear and feel in each neighborhood. Let’s look at City Center...

-Yes, even Center City has a walking path! Center City will give you a rushing feeling of delight as you wander on the sidewalks and through all the people. 

-This neighborhood has the most venues out of all the neighborhoods surrounding it. With 2 Exhibition Centers, 2 Sponsored City Cites, and a huge mix of storefront venues this 1 mile path will direct you around the nebulous of Grand Rapids. 

-Rosa Parks Circle will be hopping with action throughout the 19 days of ArtPrize and is also the beginning and end to all neighborhood walking paths. When searching for energy and a lot of art, this is a great place to start. 

-Not only will visual arts be surrounding you, but performance artists and musicians, will also be performing throughout. 

-Center City also has connections to all DASH bus routes that are easy to find. This is the shortest walking path but has the most to see inside of it.

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded ArtPrize an Our Town grant to help us keep ArtPrize active. Want to track your steps for ArtPrize? Download the MapMyWalk mobile app and search for ArtPrize as a friend. There you will find all of the walking paths right on your phone. So, enjoy being healthy and happy while learning about art.

By Annie DeYoung on