Grand Rapids, Michigan

Neighborhood Summit hosts a Marketplace Park Party July 16

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The synergy, learning and community celebration from May’s Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit continues at Garfield Park on Saturday, July 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Summit Marketplace Park Party. This event will feature community resource tables, local diverse vendors, opportunities to learn about and engage with many City and community initiatives, and entertainment and activities for the entire family. Garfield Park is located at 250 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, 49507.
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June 15 Statement from City Manager Mark Washington

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Last Friday, the Police Chief and the Labor Relations Office recommended that I terminate Christopher Schurr’s employment with the City. I accepted that recommendation and scheduled a required discharge hearing. I have been informed by Mr. Schurr’s representatives that he is waiving his right to the hearing and, therefore, I have decided to terminate Mr. Schurr’s employment with the Grand Rapids Police Department effective June 10, 2022. Due to the on-going criminal matter and the potential for civil litigation, I will not be providing any additional comment concerning Mr. Schurr at this time.

City, CMS Energy dedicate Lake Michigan Filtration Plant solar array

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The City of Grand Rapids’ Lake Michigan Filtration Plant (LMFP) is now partly powered by onsite renewable solar energy. This morning, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, City Commissioners, City Manager Mark Washington, Grand Rapids Sustainability and Water System staff, Energy Advisory Committee representatives, CMS Energy Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Brian Rich and Harvest Solar representatives flipped the switch on a 0.90 megawatt (AC), 2.95-acre ground-mounted behind-the-meter solar array in the northwest corner of the LMFP property, 17350 Lake Michigan Dr, West Olive, Mich.

Police Department announces K9 changes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Police Department has two changes to the K9 Unit to share with the community. K9 Atos, who has served for eight years, retired on May 28. Atos was certified in explosives detection and patrol functions. During his career, Atos and his human partner Sgt. Jeff Dionne, performed approximately 200 sweeps of Van Andel Arena in advance of concerts and other large-scale events. The duo was also very busy during election campaign seasons, conducting sweeps in advance of local visits by multiple presidential candidates over the years. Atos was very friendly and attended many community events and demonstrations. “If you’ve seen one of our K9s at a neighborhood or school event, it was most likely Atos,” said Sgt. Dionne.

City plans $28 million in street and sidewalk improvements

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – As Grand Rapids begins its ninth season of ramped-up road construction, the community can again expect to see improvements to streets and sidewalks throughout the city this summer. During a recent City Commission meeting, the Vital Streets Oversight Commission presented an update on the Vital Streets program and what street and sidewalk projects are planned for fiscal year 2023 (FY2023).

City pools and splash pads open June 10

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The City of Grand Rapids today announced that city-owned pools and splash pads will open Friday, June 10. Pools will be open daily through Aug. 20. Splash pads will be open daily through Sept. 11. “Our pools and splash pads offer much needed opportunities to...

City Commission adopts FY2023 Fiscal Plan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids City Commission has formally adopted the fiscal year 2023 Fiscal Plan, which will go into effect on July 1. The $598 million spending plan continues essential services and enhances service delivery in key areas. The City continues to use its Strategic Plan as a roadmap for financial planning.

Commission approves budgets for economic dev. boards and commissions

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The City Commission yesterday adopted 12 budgets for the 2023 fiscal year recommended by various downtown and neighborhood boards. Yesterday’s budget approval provides reinvestment of $37.7 million for community and economic development. This total includes more than $20 million in investment through ten boards/authorities, over $16 million dedicated to the Downtown Development Authority and $1.3 million dedicated to the Monroe North Tax Increment Finance Authority.