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Community Revitalization Group Eyes Blighted Properties for Demolition

Community Revitalization Group Eyes Blighted Properties for Demolition

Plans for new development may clear out buildings in Grand Rapids West, and a few in Grand Rapids South. More than 40 Grand Rapids buildings are on the potential list to be demolished, including some well known places.

Walker to address Sidewalk Issue on Alpine Ave NW

Walker to address Sidewalk Issue on Alpine Ave NW

Walker has some plans for part of this year’s Federal Community Block Grant Funds; they are hoping to make Alpine Avenue much better connected for pedestrian traffic.

Sidewalks on Alpine, near the I-96 expressway, cause problems for people walking or in motorized wheel chairs. At present time, the sidewalk on the northwest side of the expressway ends at Logan’s and on the south end, at 3 Mile.

It may take close to a year to even come up with a design to connect sidewalks because of the off/on ramps. After coming up with a plan and design, Walker City Engineer Scott Connors said, “then the Michigan Department of Transportation has to approve the design before anything more can be done.”

It is surprising how many people walk over the expressway, dodging traffic as they walk along.

Return Rapids To The Grand River - Jan 24

Return Rapids To The Grand River - Jan 24

The idea of "returning the rapids" to the Grand River is a lot bigger than many had initially imagined. Come out to our next speaker series Jan. 24 to find out what's in store.

Environmental Organization Grades Local Lawmakers

Environmental Organization Grades Local Lawmakers

Find the grades for legislators in your district through The Sierra Club's full scorecard.  

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WMEAC Film Series

WMEAC Film Series

Get inspired to take sustainable action!  The WMEAC Film Series is a fun and accessible program designed to educate the West Michigan community on pressing environmental issues by offering screenings as an opportunity to engage audiences, inspiring them toward sustainable action. This is demonstrated throughout the series with expert speakers and panelists.  

We're bringing back our environmental film series this winter with the West Michigan premiere of Promised Land, the first full-length feature film focused on the controversial topic of fracking, at Celebration Cinema! North.  The series continues with a slate of four monthly documentaries to be screened at the Grand Rapids Public Museum on the first Tuesday of each month. 

Promised Land
Friday, January 4, 7:30 p.m.
Celebration Cinema!

Wildlife Sleepovers at Blandford Nature Center!

Wildlife Sleepovers at Blandford Nature Center!
Blandford Nature Center has launched a new Wildlife Sleepover program! Suitable for birthday parties, group outings, and organized groups, this fun and educational program gives groups a chance to spend a fun-filled night at Blandford Nature Center, while learning more about wildlife!

- Cost is $20 per person, with a minimum charge of $300.

- Max amount of people is 30.

- There is 1 free and required adult for every 5 kids that attend.

- The wildlife sleepover runs from 7pm to 9am.

The Wildlife sleepover will include a craft, a tour of the wildlife department, a night hike, time spent around a camp fire, and the evening will end with a movie that your group can bring to watch on the projector screen upstairs. In the morning, your group will get to see some of the animals play with enrichment items before they leave Blandford.

Free Christmas tree recycling starts Jan. 2nd in GR

Free Christmas tree recycling starts Jan. 2nd in GR

The city of Grand Rapids is once again offering free Christmas tree recycling.

From January 2nd through January 26th, you can drop off your tree at one of three locations:

  • Riverside Park north Entrance - 2001 Monroe Avenue NE
  • JAYCEE McKay Family Park - 2531 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
  • Huff Park - 2286 Ball Avenue NE

Collection hours will be from 7am to 7pm, Monday through Sunday.

Remove all ornaments, tinsel, nails, tree stands and any other decorations or plastic bags.

You can also dispose of your tree by attaching a purple Bulk Yard Waste tag and place it at the curb on your regular collection day.