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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
Hitchcock to serve as Grand Rapids' new City Attorney
This 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.