East Grand Rapids
East Grand Rapids is a small town in the middle of a bustling metropolitan area. Whether you’re cheering for the football team on a Friday night or gathering for fireworks on the fourth of July, you’re among friends! East Grand Rapids offers abundant parks, playgrounds, and nature areas with something for every outdoor lover. Most parks and many of the natural areas are accessible to those with physical disabilities.
Gaslight Village, a charming business district, is the heart of East Grand Rapids. You can find a variety of restaurants, boutiques, service providers, groceries, and goodies as you explore the streets. And the sidewalks are heated in the winter, making it a pleasant stroll any time of the year! There are concerts and movies at the park on summer evenings, art fairs, book sales, charity athletic events, and a day-long celebration on the fourth of July. There are also hundreds of recreation programs and library events. The best part is you can walk to all of them! Whether you’re taking your kids to school or athletic events, heading to Gaslight Village or the library, the gorgeous, tree-lined sidewalks and paths will take you there.
No matter where you work, East Grand Rapids is a great place to call home. The professional offices and entertainment venues of downtown Grand Rapids are a convenient 15-minute drive, and the retail hubs of 28th Street are mere minutes away. An outstanding public transportation system is also available to get you where you’re going. East Grand Rapids has an award-winning school district with an outstanding reputation for academic achievement and sports championships.
For more information www.eastgr.org
Grand Rapids Township
Grand Rapids is a great place to live, work, play—and visit! Not only are we leading the country in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, but we also offer a progressive business community, affordable housing, and plentiful jobs. Plus, we’re home to Beer City USA, ArtPrize, and more! If you’re looking to build a business, raise your family, or launch a career, Grand Rapids is your destination.
Grand Rapids Township is primarily a single-family residential community with several condominium developments and a small mobile home park. Included in the township are Frederik Meijer Gardens, several office parks, and neighborhood commercial areas. Kuyper College and many churches are also located within its borders. Grand Rapids Charter Township has three school districts: Forest Hills, Northview and East Grand Rapids.
The township encompasses the 1851 Knapp School House, shelter building and park, and 190 acres for future park development between Crahen and Knapp Court streets.
For more information: www.grandrapidstwp.org
Cascade Charter Township is situated in the southeastern section of Kent County, approximately 10 miles southeast of Grand Rapids. One of the most defining features of the Township is the Thornapple River, which divides the Township into east and west halves. Cascade Township residents are served by three public school districts, Forest Hills Public Schools, Caledonia Public Schools, and Lowell Area Public Schools operating numerous elementary, intermediate and high schools. The greater Grand Rapids area also offers a number of higher education facilities.
Interstate I-96 makes its way through the Township, as does the Southbelt Freeway, M-6. In addition, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport is situated on approximately 2400 acres within the Township boundaries. Commercial establishments within the Township include large supermarkets, several hotels, restaurants, retail plazas which offer a wide variety of goods and services and many professional office buildings. Products produced by manufacturers in the Township include metal and plastic products for the automotive and aerospace industries, tools and dies, packaging materials, publications and furniture, and wood products. Cascade Township continues to grow with a present population of just over 17,000.
For more information: www.cascadetwp.com
Ada Townships Ada Covered Bridge
Ada has come a long way since it was founded in 1821 by fur trader Rix Robinson. Today, it’s home to more than 13,000 residents and comprised of great neighborhoods, abundant recreational activities and thriving businesses. Nestled near the convergence of the Grand and Thornapple Rivers, the Ada community offers the perfect place to live, work and play, blending more than 1,000 acres of public land and parks with progressive business, award-winning education and an active community. With a mix of private and public schools, Ada offers families nationally recognized educational choices that fit their specific needs.
For more information: www.adamichigan.org
Rogue River Park, Rockford, MI
The city of Rockford, Michigan encompasses a 99-square-mile area that features lakes, a beautiful downtown shopping district, the Rogue River and the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park. Rockford is a classic example of small-town America. The city boasts the beautiful Rockford Dam, which features eye-catching landscaping and the Rogue River offers some of the best steelhead fishing in the state. Rockford provides a variety of recreational opportunities and hosts many festivals, an open-air farm market, and the free United Bank Rogue River Blues Concert Series. Rockford’s shopping district features one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants that specialize in personal service.
Rockford also is highlighted by a school system that is second-to-none. The exemplary public school system features Blue Ribbon Schools and board and superintendent that always strive to be better, never resting in their drive for excellence. Rockford also features several Parochial schools and a Charter School to answer residents’ needs for their individual families.
Rockford has become a very popular gathering place due to all of the wonderful amenities it possesses, making it one of the best places for the family – and business – in the state of Michigan.
For more information: www.rockford.mi.us