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Butterworth Yard Waste Drop-off Site expands hours

butterworthThe City’s Yard Waste Drop-Off site, located at 2001 Butterworth SW, will soon be open longer for your convenience. Beginning Monday, June 20, the Yard Waste Drop Off location expands its hours of operation until 6 p.m. daily. Leaves, brush, and tree branches may be dropped off at 2001 Butterworth SW Monday through Saturday during the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The site is closed on Sunday.

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Community selects a grand Chinquapin Oak as the Mayor’s Tree of the Year

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss will announce the 2015 Mayor’s Tree of the Year on Tuesday, June 21, at 11 a.m. in the Northwest corner of Lincoln Park.

The Mayor’s Tree of the Year highlights the role of trees in making Grand Rapids a desirable and sustainable city. The annual competition is a joint project of the Grand Rapids Urban Forestry Committee (UFC), Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the City of Grand Rapids.

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Mayors Oppose Waukesha Water Diversion

Today, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss joined her fellow elected officials from across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin as they confirmed their opposition to the City of Waukesha’s application to divert water out of the Great Lakes Basin, as they gathered in Niagara Falls, NY for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative’s annual meeting and conference.  The mayors are speaking out today in advance of the Compact Council meeting on June 21, 2016 where a decision is expected to be made.

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Mayor Bliss sends official condolences to Orlando

At this morning’s City Commission Committee of the Whole meeting, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss read a letter she is sending to Orlando, Florida Mayor Buddy Dyer.

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Community Relations Commission denounces recent repulsive hate crimes committed upon innocent citize

The City of Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission (CRC) hereby condemns and denounces the repulsive hate crimes committed upon the LGBTQ community and the entire Orlando community.  In 1994, the CRC revised City ordinances to provide protection in employment, housing and public accommodation.  These ordinances include LGBTQ protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, expanding protection to transgender citizens.  

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Grand Rapids Fire Department promotes transparency with activity mapping

A new user-friendly online mapping tool, developed by the Grand Rapids Fire Department, offers residents an interactive look inside its daily public safety operations. Available at grcity.us, the online GIS mapping tool provides information on all emergency incidents, fire inspections and residential safety assessments conducted throughout the city in any given week. 

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Westown Commons recognized as Frontline Park

In recognition of its approach to community engagement and advocacy, Grand Rapids’ Westown Commons Park has been named one of 12 “Frontline Parks,” a nationwide competition sponsored each year by City Parks Alliance.
Westown Commons Park, located at 752 Watson Street SW, was selected through a peer review process from a field of more than 40 entries across the country.
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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...