The City of East Grand Rapids welcomes West Michigan to its new social district in the Gaslight Village business district, Regatta Plaza and Johns Collins Park.
The social district enables individuals 21 and older to consume alcoholic beverages sold by qualified Gaslight Village establishments within the designated social zone.
1. What is the social district?
The new social district enables individuals 21 and older to consume alcoholic beverages sold by qualified Gaslight Village establishments within the designated social zone. Beverages will be sold in approved cups with a branded East Grand Rapids social district sticker.
2. Where is the social district?
In East Grand Rapids, the designated social zone includes:
Wealthy Street SE from Lovett Avenue to Lakeside Drive, excluding the sidewalk in front of East Grand Rapids High School and Memorial Field on the south side of the street.
Croswell Avenue from Big Bob’s Pizza to Wealthy Street.
Bagley Avenue from Crazy Charlie’s to Wealthy Street.
Lakeside Drive from Wealthy Street to the north end of John Collins Park.
Regatta Plaza on Wealthy Street in the heart of Gaslight Village.
3. What are the hours of operation?
The social district will be open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. during the summer season, which will run the first Monday after the end of the East Grand Rapids Public Schools academic year in June through the first Sunday before the start of the next school year in August.
During the school year, drinks can be purchased and consumed in the social district 4-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
4. Can I bring or consume my own beverages in the social district?
No. Individuals cannot bring or consume outside beverages – all beverages must be purchased from participating establishments within the social district during hours of operation. Beverages will be sold in approved cups with a branded East Grand Rapids social district sticker.
5. Can I exit the social district with a properly obtained beverage?
No. Properly obtained beverages can only be enjoyed within the social district, which will be delineated with sidewalk decals and other signage.
6. When was the social district approved?
City Commission unanimously approved the creation of the social district at its July 17 meeting after careful consideration, research and consultation with City staff – including Public Safety.