Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park is located just North of Downtown in the Northside neighborhood. This one acre park has open grassy areas with bench lined walkways that meet in the center forming a circle around a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial statue. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Kalamazoo in 1963 and spoke on social justice at WMU’s Read Field.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park is adopted by the Kalamazoo Junior Girls, who started volunteering their time to beautify the park after it was rededicated in 1987.
2021 Park Improvement Project
Renovations starting July 1 will include new Hawthorne trees planted on the south edge of the park, repairs to sidewalks, new stamped concrete walkways, upgraded electrical utilities, and new trash cans and benches. The marker along Rose Street will also be repaired. The statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was previously cleaned and sealed in 2020.
Input was sought for this project in 2020 from the Northside Association for Community Development, the Kalamazoo Junior Girls, and the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. Concept plans were developed and vetted through these groups to ensure the improvements would benefit the park and address the community’s needs.