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City of East Grand Rapids
750 Lakeside Drive SE
East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Ph: 616-949-2110
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EGR Community News

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Spring Break Tips

Beach

In a few weeks, families and K-12 students will be jetting and driving out of West Michigan to enjoy spring break. Some may head south, some may head west, but regardless of where they go, safety needs to be a top concern.

“Spring break is one of the ...Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2016

2015 State of the City

Mayor Amna Seibold Photo

Dear EGR residents,

From the Reeds Lake Trail to our roads, from our parks to City Hall, 2015 was a year where we worked to improve the infrastructure of the East Grand Rapids community. Each project completed was due to the dedication that our Commis...Read on...


EGR Parks & Recreation - Aquatics

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

1/21/17 HS Pool Closed - Swim Meet


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Posted on: January 18, 2017

EGR Ranked Second Best Place to Raise a Family in Michigan

Gaslight Village

A recent study ranked the City of East Grand Rapids as the second best place in Michigan to raise a family.

The study, released by WalletHub, compared 104 cities in the state on family life and fun, education, health and safety, affordability and socioecon...

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Posted on: January 18, 2017

Think Spring – Zoning Tips

Garden Shed

It won’t be long before the snow begins to melt and EGR homeowners start thinking about outdoor projects again. One of the most common inquiries is about garden sheds. In “zoning-speak,” such buildings are referred to as &...

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

Tree/Shrub Trimming/Pruning

Tree Trimming

The best time of year to trim and prune most trees/shrubs is during the winter months (from late fall to early spring) when they are dormant.

Since they are not active during this time, trimming/pruning is less stressful and they have more time to ade...Read on...

Posted on: January 5, 2017

Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

Frozen Pipes

As we face low temperatures again this winter, pipes and water meters can freeze as temperatures remain below freezing for extended periods of time.

The City is responsible for water service from the curb stop in the right-of-way to the water main i...Read on...

Posted on: December 29, 2016

Phil Skaggs Steps Down as East Grand Rapids First Ward Commissioner

Phil Skaggs + Mayor Amna Seibold

After serving on the East Grand Rapids City Commission for nearly five years, Phil Skaggs will step down from his position as he transitions into his newly elected role as a Kent County Commissioner.

The announcement came at the City Commission’s Mond...Read on...

Posted on: December 15, 2016

Make Safety #1 this Holiday

Christmas Decorations

The holidays: a season of joy, love, family – and injuries. More than 15,000 people end up in the emergency room just from putting up decorations.

From parties to decorating, shopping and volunteering, we’re in one of the busiest times of t...

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Posted on: December 8, 2016

Helmets Still the Law in East Grand Rapids

Bike Helmet Bicyclists up to age 18 will continue to be required to wear a helmet while riding in the City of East Grand Rapids. At its Monday, December 5 meeting, the City of East Grand Rapids Commission chose not to repeal Chapter 105 of Title X in the City Code, ...Read on...
Posted on: December 1, 2016

Snowplow Season Coming Soon

DPW Plow Driver Doug

The City of East Grand Rapids Public Works crews will be working hard to keep streets and sidewalks cleared this winter. 

Snow and ice removal guidelines prioritize how City plow crews handle snow and ice events. The City clears snow on City streets b...

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Posted on: November 27, 2016

Holiday Cyber Security

Cyber Security

Cyber Monday is upon us. Millions of Americans will turn to their digital devices to find that perfect gift for the special people in their life. And while the conveniences of online shopping have made it popular, there are many security threats that come...

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Posted on: November 3, 2016

Getting from A to B: Road Safety in East Grand Rapids

Road Safety

From Gaslight Village to our neighborhoods, East Grand Rapids is a walkable, bikeable and drivable community.  With a mix of people, bikers and drivers utilizing our 50 miles of road and 80 miles of sidewalks, there is a potential risk for accide...

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Posted on: October 20, 2016

First Round of European Frog-bit Treatment Proves a Success

Frog-bit treatment success

The first round of treatment for European frog-bit in an East Grand Rapids waterway was successful.

PLM Lake and Land Management conducted treatment on Sept. 27 for the invasive species in the Reeds and Fisk Lake channel. Post-treatment tests have ind...Read on...

Posted on: October 13, 2016

Public Safety to Residents: Please Lock Your Doors

Police lights

In light of recent break-ins, East Grand Rapids Public Safety is strongly encouraging residents to lock their doors.

Since April, there have been eight vehicles stolen in the City, six of which have occurred since the beginning of August. This is coup...Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2016

Trick-Or-Treat Safety

Pumpkins

This year's trick-or-treating for Halloween in East Grand Rapids will be on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Before your kids don their favorite character costume and head out for some delicious delights (and maybe some scary spooks), take...Read on...

Posted on: October 13, 2016

Captain Ric Buikema Graduates From the FBI National Academy

Buikema-Quantico_V2.jpg

East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department Captain Ric Buikema was among 230 law enforcement officers who recently graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy o...Read on...

Posted on: October 12, 2016

Community Volunteers Develop New Butterfly Garden

EGR Butterfly Garden

Monarch butterflies, the vivid orange winged-insects that often elicit childhood memories of watching caterpillars turn into chrysalises and then into a beautiful, vibrant butterflies, are in serious decline.

In the past 20 years, the population has w...Read on...

Posted on: October 4, 2016

EGR Officer Receives National Cyber Safety Training

Jeff DeJonge

Vast technological improvements over the past years have lead to greater efficiencies and access to information. In the same stroke, these advancements have also opened up additional avenues for cyber related crime. From stolen identities to credit card f...Read on...

More information on cybercrime.
Posted on: October 3, 2016

Fall Leaf Collection Program Begins Oct. 10

Leaf Collection

The City of East Grand Rapids will begin its annual fall leaf collection program on Monday, Oct. 10. The program will run through Friday, Dec. 9.

Residents may place leaves in the street for pickup during the collection period without following the re...Read on...

Click here for more info on yard waste collection.
Posted on: September 29, 2016

East Grand Rapids Approves Sidewalk Grinding Contract

EGR Sidewalk Grinding

During its most recent meeting, the City of East Grand Rapids City Commission approved a contract that will improve sidewalks throughout the community.

The contract, with Groundhawg Excavating and Landscaping, LLC, will provide $150,000 to improve sid...Read on...

Click here to view the sidewalk replacement map.
Posted on: September 27, 2016

East Grand Rapids to Treat for European Frog-bit

Euro frog-bit

The City of East Grand Rapids will treat the channel between Reeds and Fisk lakes for European Frog-bit.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, PLM Lake and Land Management will place an herbicide that will not harm humans or wildlife in the channel for the first roun...Read on...

Posted on: June 9, 2015

Construction Updates - 2016 Season

Work Zone Begins sign

NOVEMBER 3, 2016 

Street/utility projects:

Lake Drive-Conlon to Bagley (street and utilities)-Complete
Conlon Avenue-Oakwood to Berwyk -(street and utilities)-Complete
Rosewood Avenue-Sherman to Robinson -(street and u...
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Posted on: September 1, 2016

Lake Drive Now Open

Lake Drive Intersection

After an almost three-month reconstruction, the intersection of Lake Drive and Breton in East Grand Rapids opened Friday afternoon.

“The intersection of Lake Drive and Breton is the crossing of our City’s two main thoroughfares, so this was an importa...Read on...

Posted on: September 8, 2016

European Frog-bit Found in Reeds & Fisk Lake

European frog-bit

Last week, the City was notified that a new invasive species, European frog-bit, was found during a routine inspection by our water treatment and management group, PLM. The invasive species, which resembles a water lily with a single white flower sproutin...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2016

East Grand Rapids Completes Tree Inventory

EGR Urban Canopy

The City of East Grand Rapids recently completed an inventory of trees located within public spaces including out-lawn areas, public parks and Gaslight Village.

Over the course of several months, Ohio-based Davey Resource Group collected and analyzed ...Read on...

Learn more about EGR trees
Posted on: August 12, 2016

West Nile Virus

Mosquito

West Nile Virus, a mosquito-born infection, was found by the Kent County Health Dept. in the 49506 area code, which includes East Grand Rapids.

The virus is spread through mosquitos, which get them from biting a bird that has the virus in its blood. ...Read on...

For more info, visit the Health Dept.’s W. Nile Vi
Posted on: August 5, 2016

East Grand Rapids Public Safety Urges Residents to Lock Vehicles

Lock your doors

Over the last few weeks, there has been an increased number of vehicle break-ins in East Grand Rapids.

Many of the incidents have been focused on the southeast side of the City, near Breton Village. The incidents ranged from vehicles break-ins and lar...Read on...

More info on travel safety.
Posted on: August 8, 2016

Plymouth Road SE Closure for Utility Work

Detour Map

An unexpected water main break on Spectrum Health’s Blodgett Hospital campus will cause Plymouth Road SE to close on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Baring no unforeseen circumstances, the closure will last from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Traffic will be rerouted from P...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2016

Storm Water Drain Reminder

Storm Water Image

The Department of Public Works would like to remind residents that only rain goes in the drain. EGR maintains a storm sewer system that discharges storm water into local watersheds. Please follow the following tips to help reduce flooding and have a posit...Read on...

Posted on: August 3, 2016

East Grand Rapids to Host Open House in Celebration of Community Center’s 10-Year Anniversary

EGR Community Center Clock

The City of East Grand Rapids and Kent District Library – EGR branch will host a community event to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the EGR Community Center’s opening.

The public is invited to attend from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24 fo...Read on...

Posted on: July 29, 2016

Open Letter from the Kent County Chiefs of Police

Police work and the role law enforcement plays in our communities are under the microscope, creating scrutiny and debate that are especially intense in today’s highly connected world.

As leaders of law enforcement in Kent County, we want to address som...Read on...

MLive/The Grand Rapids Press coverage
Posted on: July 13, 2016

East Grand Rapids Ranked Best Suburb in Michigan

Gaslight Village

The City of East Grand Rapids was named the best suburb in Michigan by Business Insider.

The rating took into consideration attributes such as cost of living, public school quality, percentage of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree and the com...Read on...

Read the original story here.
Posted on: July 20, 2016

Fred Bunn Takes Home Second National Duathlon Title

Fred During the Race

East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Director Fred Bunn recently took home a national title from the U.S. Duathlon National Championship in Bend, Oregon.

Bunn took first place in the men’s sprint 50-54 age division, marking his second national champi...Read on...

Posted on: June 21, 2016

Detective Mark Lindner Recognized with Service Award

Mayor Amna Seibold, Chief Mark Herald, Mark Lindner, Lianne Lindner

Detective Mark Lindner was presented with the East Grand Rapids Public Safety Meritorious Service Award at the June 20 City Commission meeting for performing investigative duties in an exemplary manner.

Lindner, who has been with the department since ...Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2016

EGR & Mary Free Bed Team Up for Fourth of July Celebration

EGR Fire Works

The City of East Grand Rapids and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital are teaming up for the annual East Grand Rapids Fourth of July Celebration.

The partnership comes as both the hospital and the city are celebrating 125-year anniversaries.

“Af...Read on...

For more information on 4th of July, click here.
Posted on: June 30, 2016

New Parade Route

New Parade Map

Due to construction, there is a new 4th of July parade route this year.

The parade will begin at Sherman/Wealthy intersection, continue east on Wealthy, turn left on Lakeside & end at Reeds Lake Blvd.

For more info on the 4th of July, click here.
Posted on: June 15, 2016

IRS Impersonation Scam Alert

IRS Phone Scams

Please review this important information from Special Agent Chris Fontaine from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), Grand Rapids Field Office

If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS, or in a new twist, the T...Read on...

Read more about tax scams on the IRS website.
Posted on: May 25, 2016

Useful Summer Regulations

Fire Pit Photo

After what seemed like an endless winter, the sun is finally peaking its head out from the clouds to usher in summer. Before you rush outside to enjoy your favorite summer activities, take a few minutes to inform yourself on some of these policies to keep...Read on...

Click here for more info on ordinances.
Posted on: April 6, 2016

Road Safety Tips

Road-Safety.jpg

While we’re in the midst of putting away bulky clothing, sharpening the mower blades and capturing some long lost vitamin D, our attention must also turn to safety. As our Michigan weather warms, treadmill users are now outside running on the pavement, c...Read on...

Posted on: March 17, 2016

Spring Break Safety Tips

Beach

In a few weeks, families and K-12 students will be jetting and driving out of West Michigan to enjoy spring break. Some may head south, some may head west, but regardless of where they go, safety needs to be a top concern.

“Spring break is one of the ...Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2016

2015 State of the City

Mayor Amna Seibold Photo

Dear EGR residents,

From the Reeds Lake Trail to our roads, from our parks to City Hall, 2015 was a year where we worked to improve the infrastructure of the East Grand Rapids community. Each project completed was due to the dedication that our Commis...Read on...