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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 Hillside...

When creating these walking paths my focus was to really capture the distinct nature of each neighborhood. Hillside was no different. So, this 1.6 mile walking path leads you up the Fountain St. hill and into a glimpse of the Heritage Hill homes, a place that is undoubtedly full of beautiful sites.

- I want to give you fair warning that you will be going up hill with an elevation climb of 115 ft, but is totally worth it.

- Stretching through Grand Rapids Community College and dropping down to one of ArtPrize’s Showcase Venues, Women’s City Club, this walking path highlights Grand Rapid’s architectural wonders.

- Make sure you pass through St. Cecilia's Music Center to find which musicians strike a chord with you to vote.

- If you feel the urge to stroll farther into the Heritage Hill or farther out to more venues, do so. Create your own experience.

- The Hillside walking path and the Rapid Route 15 won’t be too far away if you need to lead back into the city.

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