New and Expanded Parking Lots


In December of 2018 the first portion (approximately one-third) of our new parking lot and urban gardens opened to the public. If you have visited recently, this is the parking lot being built in front of the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater.

As you prepare your visit for this year’s Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition, please take a minute to become familiar with our temporary parking lot situation.

The below diagram illustrates the new parking layout. The second third of the new parking lot is scheduled to be ready June 1, 2019. Until then, we deeply appreciate your patience and cooperation. When you arrive for your visit, please follow posted signage and be prepared for about a five minute walk along our temporary entrance. Wheelchairs are available near the amphitheater parking lot (pictured below).

The expansion and redesign of our parking lot and urban gardens will double the number of parking spaces located within a one-to-two minute walk of our new Welcome Center entrance. This new configuration will offer additional accessible parking spaces near the entrance, increase the number of parking spaces overall, and add new urban and rain gardens to control water runoff—honoring our commitment to be good stewards of our environment.

We are exceedingly fortunate to be expanding with new and better facilities as part of our Welcoming the World: Honoring a Legacy of Love campaign.


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