Along with two other U.S. capitals, Lansing will receive Green Design Assistance from the EPA. The project the city plans to develop under the Greening America’s Capitals program is a park on the state capitol complex.
The plan is to transform the 14 acre parking lot between the Hall of Justice and the state capitol into a public greenspace. Bob Johnson, the Lansing Director of Planning and Neighborhood Development, says he originally found the Capitol Park Plan on a bookshelf in 2006, but did not investigate it until months later. It is a state plan, but the EPA runs the program and provides technical assistance.