We Are GR News

Subscribe to RSS Feed

Two Grand Rapids communities grace list of 10 Most Walkable Neighborhoods in the Midwest

On any given summer evening throughout Grand Rapids, you’ll find hundreds of pedestrians walking quaint neighborhoods and shopping and dining in vibrant business districts. That energetic activity was just recognized by customer-first real estate brokerage firm Redfin. Grand Rapids’ Heartside and East Hills neighborhoods placed No. 2 and 7, respectively, in 2016’s regional ranking.

Read Full Article

City of Grand Rapids breaks ground on three major park improvement projects

The final three of six neighborhood parks undergoing significant transformations this summer mark their official ground breakings on Monday.

Reconstruction and the modernization of each with family-friendly amenities begin Monday at Douglas, Mulick and Camelot parks. Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, the Grand Rapids City Commission, City Administrators, neighborhood leaders and others will mark the significant investments with ground breaking ceremonies at 1:45 p.m. at Douglas Park (301 Lexington); 2:15 p.m. at Mulick Park (1632 Sylvan); and 2:45 p.m. at Camelot Park (2230 Rowland). Construction is already underway at Campau, Dickinson and Mary Waters parks.

Read Full Article

Grand Rapids City Clerk’s Office open Saturday for In-Person Absentee Voting

This coming Saturday, July 30, is the last day for electors to apply for absentee ballots by mail.  Voters who wish to have their absentee ballot mailed to them must apply for the ballot no later than 2 p.m. Saturday.  Also, the City Clerk’s Office will be open this Saturday, July 30 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. to serve voters requesting absentee ballots for the upcoming State Primary Election. 

Read Full Article

Beat the heat in one of Grand Rapids’ three city pools and 11 water playgrounds

With temperatures expected to soar into the 90s for 7 of the next ten days, a great way to cool off is in Grand Rapids’ pools and water playgrounds.

The pools at Briggs Park (Lafayette and Knapp NE),
Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (Fuller and Franklin SE), and Richmond Park (Richmond and Tamarack NW) operate seven days-a-week. Hours: Sunday & Monday: 12:30-5 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday: 12:30-4 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m.

Read Full Article

Dangerously Hot Weather Prompts Warnings from Kent County Emergency Management & Health Department

Summer heat can be uncomfortable for some, but temperatures in the 90s can be deadly. With the hot weather in the forecast, there are a few things people can do to beat the heat. Children, the elderly, and pets are especially at risk. Kent County Emergency Management and the Health Department has a few reminders about keeping safe during hot summer days.

Read Full Article

‘TAXI!’ Dedicated zones make it easier to hail a cab

This morning, the City’s Ground Transportation Steering Committee unveiled five new Taxi Zones designed to make it simple for downtown visitors and workers to grab a cab.

Read Full Article

Hitchcock to serve as Grand Rapids' new City Attorney

IMAGE_2This morning, the Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously appointed Anita L. Hitchcock as Grand Rapids’ new City Attorney. A final vote will take place this evening during the Commitee’s Consent Agenda. Salary negotiations will commence prior to a start date being announced.

Read Full Article

Proud Parents


Grand Rapids Public Schools Proud Parents: Omar & Elizabeth

GRPS values diversity and inclusion. Our children get an opportunity for a real-world environment. More...

North Park Montessori Proud Parents: David & Ashima

We uprooted our life of 14 years in Ada, so we could live in the neighborhood and attend North Park. More...

Congress Elementary School Proud Parents: Jono & Emily

We feel so great about the staff and leadership at Congress and at GRPS. More...

Innovation Central High School Proud Parents: Scott & Suzanne

We chose Innovation Central because of the multiple college-career pathways. More...

Gerald R. Ford Academic Center Proud Family: Teresa, Denishea, & Kerby

I'm Nana first and as Nana, Ford Academic Center is perfect for CJ. More...

C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy Proud Parents: Nancy & Brian

Every time they walk outside at school...they're on another adventure. More...

Grand Rapids Public Museum School Proud Parents: Tom

My daughter is so excited about the Museum School! It's unique and hands-on. More...

Grand Rapids Montessori Proud Parents: Stacy & Daniel

We did the research, and Montessori set her up for success. More...

Coit Creative Arts Academy Proud Parents: Phil & Lavonne

We love the arts focus…Coit is a gem. More...

City High Middle School Proud Parents: John & Gretchen

International Baccalaureate at City teaches our kids to be critical thinkers. More...

Southwest Community Campus Proud Parents: Steve & Nora

It's dual immersion, so they're learning English and Spanish speaking skills. More...