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Space for everyone: Friends of Grand Rapids Parks' new director sets sights on equity & access
By Anna Gustafson, Managing Editor
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Stephanie Adams, the new executive director at Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, is laying the groundwork for an ambitious tenure that includes strengthening neighborhoods’ access to nature and exercise, improving green space in areas that have historically been marginalized and disenfranchised, unifying communities through parks, and more.
Hidden gems: The coolest trails you've never heard of in West Michigan
By Lauren Fay Carlson
Thursday, February 02, 2017
From a historic rail line transformed into recreational space to breathtaking views of the Grand River, these are trails you don't want to miss.
A city for everyone: Changing what development means for Grand Rapids in 2017
By Anya Zentmeyer, Development News Editor
Thursday, January 19, 2017
From a dramatically different riverfront that’s meant to transform the city into an “urban playground for all ages” to a massive downtown theater complex and city-led talks centering around affordable housing and displacement, 2017 is shaping up to be a pretty monumental year for development in Grand Rapids.
Parks, peas and potential: The best of Michigan Nightlight 2016
By Melinda Clynes
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Before we launch into another year of stories about the issues, people and programs that impact Grand Rapids' children, we wanted to revisit the best-read 2016 Michigan Nightlight stories from Rapid Growth.
'Before the time of us': How trips to Lake Michigan are changing students' worldviews
By Anna Gustafson, Managing Editor
Thursday, November 17, 2016
While many of us may take for granted how easy it can be to make the 35-mile trip to Lake Michigan, the overwhelming majority of Grand Rapids Public Schools' fifth grade students have never seen this body of water. Financial hardship, lack of transportation and other barriers prevent many of the children from seeing this Great Lake, but GRPS and Open Systems Technologies are quickly changing that.
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Blandford Nature Center breathes new life into Highlands Golf Course with plans for recreation space
No victory too small: Eastown residents, ECA hope for a more welcoming Sigsbee Park
Adored Boutique opens East Hills retail space with hopes of paying it forward
Park Crawl: Grand Rapids celebrates re-opening of four neighborhood green spaces with public tour
Canines & community: Downtown Muskegon Dog Park brings camaraderie to vacant lot
Grandmother's efforts bring first-ever playground to Holland State Park
Dream green: What do Grand Rapids parks need?
Ground breaks on eight neighborhood park renovation projects with 'watchful eyes' on progress
Cherry Park welcomes new public ice skating rink
Planning for walkable, thriving public spaces: East Hills takes steps toward a sustainable future
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Get paid for having fun! John Ball Zoo aims to fill 60 seasonal positions
Grand Rapids Salvation Army Kroc Center fills first of 65 jobs, announces others
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