City Activities and Events Updates


Recent Announcements

With the weather improving and residents wanting to get outside to enjoy it, the City of Grand Rapids is reminding community members to practice social distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19.


Social Distancing Guidelines

While the use of parks, trails and open spaces is allowed under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, visitors must follow the 6-foot social distancing requirement. Here are other guidelines:

  • Don’t visit a park, trail or open space if you’re feeling ill
  • Visit only with members of your household
  • Wash your hands before and after you visit and don’t touch your face
  • While on a trail, warn other users of your presence and step aside to let others pass
  • If the park, trail or open space is busy and social distancing isn’t possible, find another time to visit or find an alternate location

Open Amenities with Warnings

  • All parks
  • Dog parks
  • Trails 

Closed Amenities

The following amenities are closed to the public during the COVID-19 crisis until further notice:

  • Playgrounds
  • Basketball courts
  • Bike polo courts
  • Futsal courts
  • Pickleball courts
  • Tennis courts
  • Volleyball courts
  • Disc golf
  • Soccer fields
  • Baseball and softball fields
  • Exercise equipment
  • Skateboarding features
  • Picnic shelters and picnic tables
  • Grills
  • Restrooms
  • Drinking fountains
  • Swimming pools
  • Splash pads

Our Law Department has compiled these frequently asked questions to provide clarification on Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order.

View FAQ

The Kent County Recycling Center where we take our curbside collections is temporarily suspending operations to limit COVID-19 risks to its staff. We will continue to pick up all recyclables during the closure. They will be taken to the Kent County Waste-to-Energy Facility, which generates electricity to 11,000 homes. This closure is in effect 5 p.m. Friday, March 27 until further notice. More here: http://www.reimaginetrash.org.

DASH Bus Updates

DASH bus service suspended starting Monday, April 6 until further notice.

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DASH Bus Updates


The Rapid

The Rapid is limiting capacity to 15 passengers on Silver Line and other fixed routes.

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The Rapid Updates


May Mobility Autonomous Vehicles Suspended Service

Updates | Statement(PDF, 63KB)

The City is closing Indian Trails Golf Course beginning March 25, 2020 - April 13, 2020 11:59 pm.


All Announcements

With the weather improving and residents wanting to get outside to enjoy it, the City of Grand Rapids is reminding community members to practice social distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19.


Social Distancing Guidelines

While the use of parks, trails and open spaces is allowed under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, visitors must follow the 6-foot social distancing requirement. Here are other guidelines:

  • Don’t visit a park, trail or open space if you’re feeling ill
  • Visit only with members of your household
  • Wash your hands before and after you visit and don’t touch your face
  • While on a trail, warn other users of your presence and step aside to let others pass
  • If the park, trail or open space is busy and social distancing isn’t possible, find another time to visit or find an alternate location

Open Amenities with Warnings

  • All parks
  • Dog parks
  • Trails 

Closed Amenities

The following amenities are closed to the public during the COVID-19 crisis until further notice:

  • Playgrounds
  • Basketball courts
  • Bike polo courts
  • Futsal courts
  • Pickleball courts
  • Tennis courts
  • Volleyball courts
  • Disc golf
  • Soccer fields
  • Baseball and softball fields
  • Exercise equipment
  • Skateboarding features
  • Picnic shelters and picnic tables
  • Grills
  • Restrooms
  • Drinking fountains
  • Swimming pools
  • Splash pads

Our Law Department has compiled these frequently asked questions to provide clarification on Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order.

View FAQ

The Kent County Recycling Center where we take our curbside collections is temporarily suspending operations to limit COVID-19 risks to its staff. We will continue to pick up all recyclables during the closure. They will be taken to the Kent County Waste-to-Energy Facility, which generates electricity to 11,000 homes. This closure is in effect 5 p.m. Friday, March 27 until further notice. More here: http://www.reimaginetrash.org.

DASH Bus Updates

DASH bus service suspended starting Monday, April 6 until further notice.

Learn More

DASH Bus Updates


The Rapid

The Rapid is limiting capacity to 15 passengers on Silver Line and other fixed routes.

Learn More

The Rapid Updates


May Mobility Autonomous Vehicles Suspended Service

Updates | Statement(PDF, 63KB)

The City is closing Indian Trails Golf Course beginning March 25, 2020 - April 13, 2020 11:59 pm.

The 61st District Court is suspending all operations beginning March 18 - April 12, except for the following:

  • Felony and misdemeanor arraignments of defendants held in custody (conducted by video);
  • Arraignments on felonies and serious criminal offenses for individuals released from custody prior to video arraignment (as ordered by the Court at the time of release from custody);
  • Probable Cause Conferences;
  • Scheduled Preliminary Examinations;
  • Trials for incarcerated individuals;
  • Sentencing for incarcerated individuals;
  • Other emergency proceedings as necessary.

More Info

The Parks and Recreation department is offering free virtual fitness classes!

For the week of March 23, browse through the Parks and Recreation Facebook Event pages below to find your next fitness class. 

To get started, we recommend downloading Zoom.

Other tips:

  • When it's time for a class to begin, simply click the button that says "Join the Zoom Meeting"
  • Please keep your video and audio muted during the class
  • Due to copyright music laws, we can't record livestreams for later viewing

Parks and Recreation Classes

Below are the City Manager's Administrative Orders. Check back as additional Orders are added.

The Income Tax Department is suspending in-person preparation of tax returns effective immediately and canceling all extended hours until April 11. New extended hours for tax assistance and income tax preparation will be announced at a later date. 

Those who need help with their City of Grand Rapids income tax return are asked to call 616-456-3415 and select option 0 or email grincometax@grcity.us. Completed returns may be uploaded to the Income Tax Department at grcity.us/incometax. The new filing deadline for 2019 City of Grand Rapids income tax returns is July 31.

Those who need a payment arrangement of extension of an existing payment arrangement may call 616-456-3415. It will be extended for 60 days.

All pending court cases with the Income Tax Department will be postponed for 90 days or dismissed without the need to contact the office. Individuals to whom this applies will receive a notice in the mail next week.

Grand Rapids Public Library locations will be closed starting Saturday, March 14 for the foreseeable future, pending board approval at a special meeting on March 14 at 9 AM at the Main Library. Press Release

We're not scheduling any new Passport Appointments until after April 5, 2020. We will honor the appointments we have already scheduled. 

For more information, CLICK HERE or call 616-456-3010.

The City's Environmental Services Department is reminding residents to avoid flushing cleaning wipes and other items labeled disposable or flushable down the toilet. Read More

We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in collaboration with our partner agencies including the State of Michigan, Kent County Health Department, Kent County and our neighboring cities. 

We have a critical responsibility to do our part in the global fight against the spread of COVID-19 at the local level. We have a responsibility to our residents and to our staff members. Visit the Kent County Health Department's page for additional information.

Kent County Health Department

The Grand Rapids Police Department remains fully operational and continues to provide all essential public safety services. Community members who require police services are encouraged to:

  • File a report online or by phone – CLICK HERE for more information
  • Advise the 911 operator of anyone in your home who is sick or under quarantine
  • Meet responding officers outside of your home and maintain the recommended 6 feet separation

The police department’s lobby remains open. However, fingerprinting and preliminary breath tests are suspended until further notice.

OPA plans to reschedule the following events (new dates to be announced): 

  • March 19th – UCC Community Led Engagement
  • April 1st – Hispanic Center Community Led Engagement
  • April 2nd – NAACP Community Led Engagement
  • April 16th – Baxter Community Led Engagement
  • April 20th – Fresh Start Expungement Clinic

We're also rescheduling all face to face meetings.

Learn More

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) ambassadors are refocusing their cleaning routine to disinfect frequently touched surfaces in the public realm. Press Release

Cancelling the remaining Parks and Recreation winter session classes and delaying all spring session programs and classes and senior (50+) programming until the week of April 6. Press Release

Postponing the police and fire departments' public outreach meetings on the proposed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles program. The meetings were set to take place the week of March 16. Press Release