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Community Meeting on GRPS Transformation Plan

Community Meeting on GRPS Transformation Plan

From: http://www.crestongr.com/

On Wednesday, November 28 we are holding a community meeting for Creston neighbors. We will discuss the Grand Rapids Public Schools Transformation Plan and its effect on our neighborhood and schools.

When: November 28th at 7pm.

Where: Creston High School Cafeteria (1720 Plainfield)

Click here to review the Transformation Plan 2.0 Final Recommendation

GRPS will host an additional public hearing on December 3 and the school board will vote on the plan on December 17.

An island success story

An island success story

By: Deborah Eid
From: North End Connection


The bio-retention island project that closed part of Plainfield this summer is complete, and a com-plete success.

On August 28 Mayor Hartwell and the City Commission of Grand Rapids recognized the creative col-laboration used in Creston to make the project happen.

The “smooth as glass” road is now reopened for business and Nyleene, a Creston High School graduate and owner of the Earth-bound T-shirt business, says she’s proud to be calling her old class-mates from Creston to suggest that they drive and walk the new and improved roadway.

Creston Celebrates an Organizing Job Well Done!

Creston Celebrates an Organizing Job Well Done!

From: http://www.crestongr.com/

The Islands are Ready to Save the Planet!

Plainfield Ave looks great and we’re doing our part to filter our storm water before it enters our river and our Great Lakes. For every inch of rainfall, our islands clean 90,000 gallons of storm water.

A special thanks to CNA’s Executive Director Deborah Eid for her exemplary organizing work helping to bring the business community together around this “first of its kind” project here in Michigan!

ArtPrize parking and shuttle options

ArtPrize parking and shuttle options

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - With tens of thousands of people going to downtown Grand Rapids for ArtPrize, parking can get a little tricky.

So, ArtPrize organizers suggest some options.

There are a number of parking lots and parking ramps in or near downtown that will be open for ArtPrize visitors. On the northern end of downtown, parking lots are available on Scribner, Summer, and Seward, among others. Those lots are just a short walk from several venues. On the southern side of downtown, you can park in a number of lots near Van Andel Arena. There are also several parking ramps in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. You can learn more about the parking locations and costs by going to the ArtPrize website.

Transportation Website Expands to Four County Area in West Michigan

Transportation Website Expands to Four County Area in West Michigan

West Michigan residents in a four county area can now visit one website to find a variety of public and private transportation options if they need a ride for work, school, medical or social service visits, or intercity travel.

The Ottawa County Transit Coalition recently expanded its website, www.lakeshoreridelink.org, to include the counties of Allegan, Ottawa, Kent and Muskegon.  The website, which was first launched in 2010 with transportation providers for Ottawa County only, now includes more than 50 transportation providers with detailed information on their services and costs to help residents find a ride.

City embarks on 26-mile expansion of its urban bike network

City embarks on 26-mile expansion of its urban bike network

City staff has announced a concerted effort to expand Grand Rapids’ urban bike network by 26 miles over the next 9 months. This aggressive bike facility expansion project is due to citizen demand for more bike-friendly streets. Work will be completed in two phases; the first phase will begin later this week and include approximately 16 miles of new bike facilities. The second phase will include another 10 miles to be implemented in the spring. Additional resources to expedite expansion of the network are currently being sought to leverage the funds appropriated in the FY2013 Fiscal Plan for this effort.

Michigan Titanium Triathlon traffic warning

Michigan Titanium Triathlon traffic warning

From: Kent County Sheriff Department

On Sunday, 8/26 350 athletes will participate in the Michigan Titanium Triathlon. The race will originate at Versluis Park (Northland Ave/Plainfield Ave) at 7 AM. After completing the swim, athletes will then bike 112 miles throughout northeast Kent County (see map). They will then run 26 miles down Grand River Dr and 3 Mile Rd as far south as Knapp St.

These roads are open to traffic however, beware of some delays at intersections. Also, while driving along the course be extra vigilant of cyclists, runners, police officers and volunteers.

The run course, Grand River Dr between Northland Ave and Knapp St – and – 3 Mile Rd between Dunnigan Ave and Grand River Ave will be closed to thru traffic. Local resident’s traffic will be allowed.

Race starts at 7 AM. Bikers will be on the course from 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Runners will be on the course from 11 AM to as late as midnight.