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East Express | May 3, 2018 

Wege Plaza Work

Wege Plaza behind the Community Center will be closed for several weeks beginning May 7 for the replacement of the surface material. The recycled rubber roof tile system was installed in the early 2000’s and was one of the first green roof systems in West Michigan. The tiles contracted and expanded over the years from freeze and thaw cycles, creating gaps between the tiles, which will now be replaced with a different type of water permeable material. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we update this favorite East Grand Rapids spot.

Water Safety Pool

Water Safety Month 

We’re celebrating National Water Safety Month this May in East Grand Rapids. Follow the Parks & Recreation Facebook page for tips on how you can keep you and your loved ones safe in and around water.

Drug Take Back Day 

Thank you to everyone who participated in Drug Take Back Day! So far this year, our drug take back program has collected 438 pounds of unused drugs for safe disposal, including about 200 pounds of that came from Saturday's event.

Touch a Truck


Save the date for the annual Touch-A-Truck event on May 23 at the Community Center. Trucks will be out from 9 a.m. to noon and storytime begins at 10:30 a.m. Co-hosted by the City and Kent District Library’s East Grand Rapids branch.

Master Plan

The City is currently updating its Master Plan, which serves as a roadmap for future land-use and planning decisions. Over the last year, the City Commission, Planning Commission, business owners and residents have all given input into this document.

The draft Master Plan is currently in a 42-day review process before being adopted by the City Commission.

Residents and business owners are invited to attend an open house to view the draft and provide input from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22 in the Commission Chambers at the Community Center.

The open house will be followed by a 5:30 p.m. joint Planning Commission and City Commission meeting.

Those wishing to provide input, but unable to attend can give comments during public comment at the 5:30 meeting or by email to Karen Brower, city clerk, at with a written response.

We hope you join us for this open house as we shape the future of East Grand Rapids.

For the latest information, including draft documents, click here.


2018 Street & Sidewalk Construction Projects 

For the latest construction information, including project listings and timelines, click here

Spectrum Health – Blodgett Hospital Proposed Site Plan

Spectrum Health has submitted a site plan for changes to the Blodgett Hospital campus parking and wayfinding.  The City Commission will consider their requests on Monday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at the Community Center. Information on plans can be found here.

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Reeds Lake Run

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Reeds Lake Run, sponsored by Huntington and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. All ages can participate in this family-friendly event, which will be held on June 23. For race information and to register, click here.

Volunteers are needed for the Reeds Lake Run! Sign up here.

Reeds Lake Trailblazer

Help support the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation during this favorite 5k walk/run held on the Fourth of July. For more information and to register, click here.

Book Club

Ethics Book Club 

Join KDL for a thoughtful, candid and lively discussion of books ranging in topics from current affairs, the environment, philosophy, religion, culture, race, gender and economics. Wednesday, May 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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