DJ Monica Parker plays at Grand Rapids Pride Festival. <span class='image-credits'>Kristina Bird</span> Fisherman enjoy the summer on the water at Riverside Park. <span class='image-credits'>Adam Bird</span> GR USA fills the rooftop of the New Hotel Mertens for a brunch party. <span class='image-credits'>Adam Bird</span> GRPS 8th graders go canoeing on the Grand River, many for the first time.  <span class='image-credits'>Autumn Johnson</span>


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Designating the Grand River Water Trail: Improving water quality, recreation, and local economies

Involving local communities and spreading the word about improved water quality, the Grand River Partnership (GRP) is working to have all 252 miles of the Grand River designated as either a state or federal water trail, from its source near Jackson to its mouth at Grand Haven.

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Riding into a love of the outdoors with GR Dirt Dawgs

Members of the GR Dirt Dawgs hit the trails to learn mountain biking, an appreciation for nature, and how to take care of local trails. From ages two to 15, the nonprofit is spreading the love of mountain biking to all ages.

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UIX: Grand Rapids’ first Bicycle Action Plan reflects the future of urban transportation

Public transit and dedicated lanes for non-motorized vehicles make it possible for more people to get to their jobs, homes, schools, and other destinations faster and more reliably than ever before, but they've also faced challenges in implementation, not just from city leaders, but from residents themselves. Here are the people who are finding out just how Grand Rapidians feel about bicycling in their city, and the plans they are implementing to increase bicycle access, adoption, and awareness.

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RapidChat: Josh and Elizabeth Sinclair tackle rental real estate in Grand Rapids

After purchasing their first home in Midtown in 2016, Josh and Elizabeth Sinclair took the plunge into entrepreneurship and established their own property management company — Sinclair Properties LLC. The two discuss the challenges and opportunities in this rapidly growing market.

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Seeking a quintessentially Grand Rapids summer? Check out these 9 events

Kick start your #puremichigan summer with these nine activities that make sticking around town worth it.

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For GR’s self-care entrepreneurs, individualism and expertise are key in booming industry

As the wellness industry booms in West Michigan, self-care entrepreneurs strive to create a unique experience for their patrons, showcasing their values — and their personality — with each service.

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Para los emprendedores de self-care de GR, el amor a si mismo y la experiencia son la clave

A medida que crece la industria del bienestar (wellness) en el oeste de Michigan, los empresarios de self-care se esfuerzan por crear una experiencia única para sus clientes, mostrando sus valores y su personalidad con cada servicio.

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UIX: This city-run nonprofit has been supporting community enrichment for over a decade

The Greater Wyoming Community Resource Alliance has been supporting and funding local initiatives that build culture and connection between West Michigan neighbors since 2011. Programs like the Godfrey-Lee band camp, Pinery Park Little League, and regional tornado preparedness efforts have all been assisted by this city-run nonprofit. The fund has been growing every year, and the plan is to give it all away.

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G-sync: Catching up with Diane Griffin of Griffin Properties

Rapid Growth's Publisher Tommy Allen sat down with Griffin Properties' Diane Griffin to hear first-hand from one of our area's top realtors who entered the marketplace in 2005 right as the property values were about to begin a long slide.

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Women fill the gaps: Training and empowering the next generation of skilled trades professionals

Though for centuries overlooked in the skilled trades, women are making a comeback in a big way in construction. Equipped with ambition and seeking out educational and training programs tailored specifically for them, Michigan women are building the future—one brick, beam, or conquered stereotype at a time.

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Rapid Blog: Jenn Fillenworth interviews 4 women chefs working to bridge the gender gap in local food

Jenn Fillenworth, MS, RD, is a chef and registered dietitian with a passion for sustainable food systems and culinary medicine. In her Rapid Blog, Fillenworth interviews four local female chefs working to bridge the gender gap in West Michigan restaurants.

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Michigan women bust stereotypes, find success in Professional Trades

In Michigan, there will be an estimated 47,000 openings annually through 2026 in the Professional Trades. These are the stories of three Michigan women who have found rewarding careers in these sometimes-stigmatized jobs.

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Many Michigan caregivers need care themselves – but they aren't getting it

The importance of a support network when caring for a loved one can't be understated. That's why a number of Michigan organizations are working to better understand what caregivers need and make it more accessible to them.

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Here's how we can address rural Michigan's alarmingly high infant mortality and poor maternal health

Substance abuse, lack of access to healthy food, and dwindling birthing hospitals and OB-GYNs all contribute to poor health outcomes for mothers and infants. These organizations and individuals are working to change that.

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The blueprint for criminal justice reform: The ACLU's Brandon Buskey visits Grand Rapids

Brandon Buskey, ACLU Deputy Director for Smart Justice Litigation and Criminal Law Reform Project team member, is the keynote speaker at the 2019 ACLU of Michigan Luncheon. Having devoted his entire career to criminal justice reform, Buskey explores systemic racism, police misconduct, and community activism in the U.S. carceral epidemic.

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MLK Park Neighborhood Quality of Life Study: Celebration announces action steps

$410,000 Thrive Outside grant supports outdoor recreation

More than pampering, spa helps clients overcome trauma

The Age-Friendly Grand Rapids initiative begins three-year action plan

Workshop launches Absolutely Accessible Kent Campaign: Paralympian architect facilitates workshop

USA Hockey event projected to generate $2 million in economic impact


MLK Park Neighborhood Quality of Life Study: Celebration announces action steps

More than pampering, spa helps clients overcome trauma

Workshop launches Absolutely Accessible Kent Campaign: Paralympian architect facilitates workshop

Awards Gala spotlights Latinx impact on local economy: "We are here to make a true contribution."

Temporary tattoos making long-lasting investments in the sustainable foods movement

New watercraft launch at Riverside Park confirms City's commitment to equity and access


$410,000 Thrive Outside grant supports outdoor recreation

The Age-Friendly Grand Rapids initiative begins three-year action plan

USA Hockey event projected to generate $2 million in economic impact

Little Space Studio changing their approach to creative co-working

LOFT fulfills niche for tech software aftercare

Vision To Learn launches first step toward free vision care for GRPS students

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Jam Making: How to artfully preserve our 2019 growing season

Thursday, May 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Lions & Rabbits, 1264 Plainfield NE
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Paddleboard Yoga: Love times two plus you

Thursday, June 6, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Reeds Lake (launch behind the police station), East Grand Rapids
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From small pop-up galleries to large cultural institutions to national attention-grabbing events like ArtPrize, Grand Rapids' arts and culture scene has a diverse mix of offerings that will appeal to people of all stripes.

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The West Fulton district, often referred to as the 'U to the Zoo,' runs along its namesake street from Grand Valley State University's booming downtown campus on the east to historic John Ball Park and Zoo on the west.


In between is a mix of popular locally owned businesses – such