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City celebrates Pearl Street with a Friday Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The City of Grand Rapids will celebrate the enhancements to one of Downtown’s entryways this week.

The City of Grand of Grand Rapids will host a ribbon cutting for Pearl Street from Mt. Vernon to the Grand River from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Friday on the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s lawn by the Pearl Street Bridge.

The ribbon cutting will celebrate the new roadway, streetscape, and interpretive sign about the Pearl Street Bridge’s history.

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Grand Rapids City Clerk’s Office to extend hours for In-Person Absentee Voting

As a courtesy to electors wishing to vote their absentee ballot in person, the Grand Rapids Clerk’s Office will provide extended office hours to accommodate the public interest.  

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City reopens Mary Waters Park

The first of six Grand Rapids parks to undergo reconstruction in 2016 will open to the public tomorrow. Mary Waters Park will officially reopen after completion of nearly $800,000 in renovations. The new park amenities include a splashpad, picnic shelter, restroom facility, landscaping, walking path and new site furnishings (drinking fountain, benches bike rack, trash cans). Several playground improvements and parking lot enhancements also were part of the reconstruction.

City officials, neighborhood leaders and residents will participate in a Grand Re-Opening Ceremony Friday at Noon at Mary Waters Park featuring comments from Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Parks and Recreation Director David Marquardt and other local dignitaries. 

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City kicks off new ‘Complete Your Outfit’ campaign encouraging voters to cast ballots on Election Da

Friends should not let friends be “under-dressed” on Election Day 2016. Encourage them to ensure they are registered to vote, know where their precinct is located, cast an absentee ballot if they qualify, and proudly wear their free “I Voted” sticker afterward.

That’s the message of a new grassroots public awareness and education campaign the City of Grand Rapids and City Clerk Darlene O’Neal are kicking off today to spur voter participation in the 2016 presidential and state general election. 

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Get involved! Serve as a Grand Rapids Board Member or Commissioner

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people…” although he uttered these words back in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln’s sentiment is what also drives Grand Rapids municipal government today.

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and City Commissioners are encouraging fellow residents to give of their time and talents and serve on one of Grand Rapids’ 40 citizen boards and commissions. Immediate vacancies currently exist on several volunteer boards that could benefit from enthusiastic and interested individuals. The City is now conducting a volunteer drive to welcome citizens to serve, even if they have never participated in City government. 

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Grand Rapids Fire Department holds Fire Prevention Week Open House

Don't wait, check the dateThe Grand Rapids Fire Department invites members of the public to stop by for a visit! The department is hosting an open house at its Kalamazoo Avenue Fire Station, home to Ladder 4 and Engine 4. The Open House takes place on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 2541 Kalamazoo Ave SE.

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Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary School's $15,000 Media Room Makeover to be Unveiled on Monday

computer lab with text media room makeoverThe Grand Rapids Griffins and Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan will unveil their $15,000 media room makeover for Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary School. The event will include remarks from several dignitaries, along with a ribbon-cutting and tour of the school's completely renovated media room.

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Grand Rapids Public Schools Proud Parents: Omar & Elizabeth

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North Park Montessori Proud Parents: David & Ashima

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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...