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G.R. workers create West Side green space
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Some Grand Rapids city employees have decided to pitch in to make one neighborhood more green.

About 20 members of govern:GR and other city employees planted perennials at Tremont Green Space on the city's West Side. The city created the green space after tearing down homes either on or near that site, which is along Tremont southwest of the Covell Ave. and 7th St. intersection. Repeated flooding problems prompted the homes' demolition.

"The plants are going to be used to help take care of a water problem that they had in this area," said GR Environmental Services intern Megan Knight. "There was a lot of flooding going on for quite a long time, and the plants are going to help soak up a lot of that water and keep this area from having that problem again."

A federal grant helped fund the removal of the homes.

The plantings will help remove standing water, reduce mosquito breeding, and create a new habitat for birds and butterflies.


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