GR Going ‘Green’


    GRAND RAPIDS — Green Gathering: Ideas will be held June 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at DeVos Place.

    After a summary of Green Pursuits survey results, participants take part in break-out session on parks, connections, greening, health, natural systems or the Grand River.

    Participants will prioritize topic’s issues and draft vision statements to review with their groups.

    At least 300 people are expected to attend. It is free and open to the public. According to Suzanne Schulz, planning director for the city of Grand Rapids, the event offers an opportunity to help create city policy on issues that affect the quality of life for residents.

    “If you care about public parks and green spaces, bike lanes and trails, the urban tree canopy, local food and community gardens, water quality and improving the vibrancy of the Grand River, you need to attend this event,” Schulz said.

    Green Gathering: Ideas is the first of three community forums hosted by Green Grand Rapids, an 18-month project launched in January to update the city’s 2002 Master Plan with an emphasis on green spaces. Financial supporters of Green Grand Rapids include Grand Rapids’ Downtown Development Authority, Wege Foundation, Frey Foundation, Grand Rapids Community Foundation and Dyer-Ives Foundation.

    For more information, call 456-3031, or visit the Green Grand Rapids website at

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