Great schools, miles of trails and Grand River frontage, a farmers’ market featuring local vendors, parks with playgrounds, good roads, safe neighborhoods and caring people. These are a few of my favorite things about Grandville.
Grandville is decidedly pro-business, spurring an incredible amount of development recently, including a regional shopping mall (RiverTown Crossings), dozens of dining venues and a new Cabela’s. Yet we retain a small-town feeling, evidenced by events such as a city-wide barbeque each Spring that features jazz bands, a 4th of July parade and firework display that brings tens of thousands of people together to celebrate, a holiday tree-lighting ceremony, a December holiday parade and a Summer community talent show. This is just a small sample of such events!
In 2013 our Downtown Development Authority completed a major downtown renovation which, with previous projects, provides a great venue for community events, such as a Winter chili cook-off, Autumn festival, parades and other gatherings.
Our Chamber of Commerce and businesses sponsor events such as a sunset 5 mile run beginning downtown and continuing along the Grand River, followed by a cookout with a live band and beverages crafted by a local microbrewery.
We’re close to Grand Rapids, with its museums, hospitals, arena, ballpark and other attractions, all of which are accessible via The Rapid, the transit system serving Grandville and the Grand Rapids metro area.
Our emergency medical first responders, and our well-trained fire department and dedicated police force (including community police officers and school liaison) help keep us safe.
We’ve built a close relationship with our public schools and provide a dynamic summer recreation program drawing hundreds of participants, as well as a community education program that offers dozens of classes. The Grandville Senior Neighbors Center provides a place dedicated to enhancing the lives of seniors.
The Grandville Library is one of the busiest branches of the Kent District Library system and is a gathering place offering activities such as Summer family night programs in an outdoor amphitheatre, a time with reindeer in the Winter and dozens of other programs all year long.
We enjoy this quality of life while having the lowest tax rate of all the cities in the Grand Rapids metro region that don’t have an income tax. Our city employees are careful with taxpayer funds.
Whether you’re looking for a place to visit, live or build a business, know that you are welcome in Grandville!
Steve Maas, Mayor