Project Overview: Central Substation

In Central Substation by admin

The Central Substation Project will cost $27.9 million, which includes approximately $4 million for parks and recreation improvements and amenities such as:

  • Decorative walls to screen the substation, and up to $20,000 every three years for substation wall art along Washington Avenue
  • Holding three public design charrettes for the decorative exterior walls of the substation
  • A new parking lot for park visitors with access off Malcolm X Blvd.
  • One river viewing station and one fishing platform along the Grand River
  • A new river walkway along the north bank of the Grand River connecting Washington Avenue to the relocated Scott Garden and west to Townsend St.
  • Other newly created accessible (ADA) walkways within Scott Park linking to the Sunken Garden
  • A staircase allowing pedestrian access to the existing River Trail on the south bank of the Grand River from Washington Avenue
  • New seating, landscaping and lawn areas within the remaining Scott Park
  • A $40,000 endowment for long-term care of the Garden


The relocation of the Sunken Garden will include:

  • Pictures and a drawing of the garden as it is today and identification of the plant species and their existing location
  • Engage the members of Greater Lansing Garden Club who have previously tended to the Sunken Garden to receive input on the garden’s relocation
  • A Landscape architect to help plan and oversee the removal and storage of the garden plants and facilitate replanting when the new garden is ready
  • Relocating the perennials and other plants, including small trees, within the stone walls of the formal garden
  • A Stone mason or other expert to plan and assist with removal, storage and reconstruction of the niche, grotto, exterior walls, circular steps and all other stone work associated with the garden.

Construction of the Substation is tentatively scheduled to begin mid-spring 2017.