City selected as Governor’s Active Community Award Finalist

Published on April 16, 2018

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Honor recognizes efforts to increase opportunities for active living

The City of Grand Rapids has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Governor’s Fitness Awards Active Community Award. It’s the first time the city has earned this distinction. 

The Active Community Award recognizes a Michigan community that has made significant efforts to increase opportunities for physical activity through designed and built on-the-ground changes that lead to safer, more inviting spaces that encourage active living. It also highlights communities that create and implement policies that sustain these efforts for the long-term. Grand Rapids joins Dearborn and Flint as a finalist.

“This recognition is a high honor that reflects our commitment to being a vibrant and recreation-friendly community that promotes healthy lifestyles and can be enjoyed by residents of all ages and all abilities,” said Kristin Bennet, transportation planning and programs supervisor in the City’s Mobile GR and Parking Services Department. “It also demonstrates our city’s innovative leadership, bold vision and significant impact in advancing the common good.” 

Grand Rapids was selected as a finalist based on the city’s bicycle-friendly streets and nationally heralded efforts to promote bicycle and pedestrian safety education, a public parks system that provides greater inclusion and access to recreation opportunities with a focus on people with disabilities, safe sidewalks that help foster walkable communities and age-friendly policies that consider the mobility needs of seniors. A video produced by the Governor’s Fitness Awards that highlights Grand Rapids’ accomplishments is available at

The Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports sponsor the annual Governor’s Fitness Awards as a way of honoring individuals, organizations and communities that inspire health, wellness and active living. The winners of the Governor’s Fitness Awards will be announced during a gala on Thursday, April 19 at Cobo Center in Detroit. 

Governor’s Fitness Awards are given in 11 categories. They include Director's Champion for Health, Conquering Obesity, Wins for Warriors Veteran of the Year, Charles T. Kuntzleman Accepting the Challenge, Extraordinary Event or Organization, Healthy Workplace, Active Community Award, Lifetime Achievement and the People’s Choice Video Contest, which highlights the personal stories of all award finalists and provides the opportunity for the public to choose its favorite Governor’s Fitness Award video.

The mission of the Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness is to inspire active lifestyles and healthy food choices through education, environmental change, community events and policy leadership. For more information about the Michigan Fitness Foundation, visit