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East Express | August 15, 2019

Taste of East


The Taste of East Grand Rapids is this evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Gaslight Village! We're looking forward to spending the evening with family, friends and neighbors. We ask residents and visitors to please avoid parking on Wealthy Street in Gaslight Village after 4:30 p.m. to allow the businesses to prepare for the event.

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As students head back to school next week, we ask that everyone — drivers and pedestrians alike — be extra cautious while commuting through the City. Please remember that safety is a collective responsibility and that we are all responsible for making EGR a safe environment. 

We ask parents to review and discuss our walking and biking videos, which are located on, with their young ones. Additional information in regards to traffic, crosswalks, speed limits and city ordinances can be found at


The City is looking to immediately hire an additional crossing guard to help guide EGR children on their way to and from school. For more information or to apply, please visit our website.  


What better way to end the summer than with a movie night in John Collins Park? The Brouwers Agency Movies in the Park will be presenting Trolls for its last movie musical screening of the season tomorrow evening (Aug. 16) at dusk. Remember to stop by the Village before the show to grab some take out or your favorite snacks! Visit our website for more information.  

Tri Swimming


Don't forget to register or sign up to volunteer for the Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon on Sept. 7! This year we will have special guests from Calvin University and Millikin University participating in the race.  Learn more by reading our latest news article


Interested in signing your child up for middle school baseball? Here are the details: 

Practice: Week of March 16  
Games: April 13 - May 2 
Evaluations: TBD 
Teams: Two teams of 14 players only. 
* If we have eight kids on the waitlist by Jan. 13, a third team will be discussed. 

If your child was a part of the 2019 Middle School Baseball League as a 7th grader, registration is still required for the 2020 Middle School Baseball League. Spots will not be reserved for those who are returning.  

Sign up by Monday, Jan. 13 and receive a $20 registration discount. 


Did you know that Grand Rapids and EGR will pilot a combined six organic parks this year? During the weekend of Sept. 19-21, we will join Midwest Grows Green and others to demonstrate how we will manage these parks without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers during Grand Rapids Grows Weekend. We hope to see you there!


The City’s tree planting program allows residents to have a new tree planted in the out-lawn area (between the sidewalk and curb) in front of their home. The program is a cost share between the requesting property owner and the City where each pays for 50 percent of the tree. The City has a variety of trees to select from on the order form, which provides descriptions of each tree as well as appropriate out-lawn area and overhead wire requirements.  

The estimated total cost of a tree is between $350-$450. This cost includes a two-inch diameter tree that will be between 12- and 14-feet tall, planting, mulching and a two-year warranty. Residents are asked to care for the tree after it is planted which includes watering and fertilizing as needed. The warranty does not cover trees that die as the result of being drought stricken or weed whipped. 

Planting occurs in the fall between October and December, depending on the weather. Residents interested in having a tree planted in their out-lawn should complete an order form and send or drop off to the City Forester at City Hall — 750 Lakeside Drive SE — by Oct. 1. Questions related to the tree planting program may be directed to Mike Ferris at 616.940.4817 or

For more information, please visit our forestry webpage


Visit our construction webpage — which is updated weekly — to stay informed of construction projects in EGR. 

Water main utility rehabilitation projects have commenced and include rehabilitation through a cured-in-place pipe process. Work will take place from mid-August into early November with limited traffic impacts. Temporary above-ground water service will be made available to any homes impacted to limit disruption during the project.

Project locations:
  • Beechwood Drive from 2746 Beechwood to Lake Drive (669 feet) 
  • Oakwood Drive from Conlon Avenue to Lake Drive (1,498 feet) 
  • Elmwood Drive from Conlon Avenue to Lake Drive (1,617feet) 
  • Boston Street from Conlon Avenue to Lake Grove Avenue (816 feet) 
  • Eastlawn Road from Hall Street to Anderson Drive (409 feet) 


DTE will be closing Hall Street east of Plymouth Road Saturday, Aug. 17 around 7 a.m. for gas main utility work. It is expected the work will be completed by the end of the day, weather permitting. The detour will be Breton to Burton to Plymouth for traffic traveling in both directions. 

The Kent County Road Commission is working to replace culverts on Reeds Lake Boulevard in Grand Rapids Township adjacent to East Grand Rapids near the East Beltline.

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