Officials plan for new park around Capitol

Feb 4, 2014

Credit Bob Johnson

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.