City of Grand Rapids

Parking in Downtown Grand Rapids is about to get cheaper for drivers who use the parking smartphone app. The Grand Rapids Mobile GR and Parking Services Department announced a new contract with Parkmobile, a smartphone application that allows customers to use their mobile phones to pay for metered parking throughout the city. The new contract will reduce a customer’s convenience fee by 43 percent, from $.35 to. $.15 per transaction. 

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Underprivileged youth in the community have significantly more access to recreation programs thanks to Indian Trails Golf Tournament players, sponsors and volunteers. The recent two-person scramble event at the historic and refreshed 87-year-old Indian Trails Golf Course generated more than 20-thousand dollars for the Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund.

“We have an opportunity to provide even more scholarship dollars to even more youth in the city as a result of the proceeds received from the grand re opening of the Indian Trails golf course.”

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The City of Grand Rapids is reopening two if its parks this week. Call it a nearly $1 million refreshing.

Grand Rapids Campau Park is now new and improved with the addition of a splashpad and new playground. That along with renovations to the restroom facility, walking path, drinking fountain, benches bike rack, trash cans and landscaping add up to $650,000 in improvements.

The city of Grand Rapids announced the completion of the new Coldbrook Edge Trail downtown, bringing the city closer to its goal of ultimately connecting the downtown riverfront trail system to the larger White Pine Trail. Even though the new Coldbrook Edge Trail only covers .2 miles of new road, director Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department David Marquardt says, its an important step in the city’s vision of having trail connectivity with surrounding communities.

The city of Grand Rapids is hoping to improve its relationship between the community and the Grand Rapids Police Department. Starting this week, city officials are hosting a number of “Community Listening Sessions.”

“The message to residents is really, ‘they are experts of their experience,'" Stacy Stout, assistant to the City Manager of Grand Rapids said. Stout is on the leadership team for the City's listening sessions. "We value their voice, and the city is committed to a deeper type of community engagement than what they may have experienced previously,” she said.

The city of Grand Rapids is looking for young adults ages 15 to 24 to enroll in the LEAD program that will help connect them with a summer job. Created by former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell in 2010, the LEAD program is an acronym for leadership, employment, achievement and direction. Facilitated by city run Our Communities Children, the program provides young people training in civic engagement, leadership and employability skills. 

Founders Brewing Company and the City of Grand Rapids unveiled a new partnership on Monday that will convert the 80 to 100 thousand gallons of wastewater Founders pours down the drain each day into renewable energy. Grand Rapids Mayor Roslynn Bliss said the effort will bring the city closer to her goal of running on 100% renewable energy by 2025.

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Three Grand Rapids-based affordable housing construction projects just received more than 7 million dollars in federal housing tax credits.  City officials say the tax credits are important in helping the projects come to life and provide much needed housing.

“So at a time when community is, we’ll be able to deliver over 164 units over the next 12 – 24 months.”

Grand Rapids Police recruiting volunteers

Jan 16, 2017
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The Grand Rapids Police Department announced that its expanding its volunteer program and is now accepting applications from citizens who are interested in becoming a member of the GRPD Police Volunteer Program.

Police officials said the program is an opportunity for adults to invest back into the community.

Grand Rapids City Commission Report

Jan 11, 2017

The Grand Rapids City Commission held its first meeting of 2017 yesterday, as commissioners voted on a number of ordinances for the new year. 

Kicking off the meeting was an amendment to 2017's Budget, as The Income Tax Department has determined that the city would best be served by eliminating Chase Bank processing costs in exchange for the addition of an Income Tax Specialist position to their personal roster. Officials say the new position would save the city around $146,000 in the new budget.