Join a Heartside working group with The City of Grand Rapids

Over the past year, the City of Grand Rapids has been engaging the Heartside Neighborhood in a Quality of Life Study. Perhaps you’ve heard of, or participated in, some of the engagement events that have been hosted thus far, including the Listening Sessions (Fall 2017), Neighbor Knowledge Exchange Report-Out (January 2018), and the Work Group Orientation event (March 2018). The next step for the Study is to form Work Groups that tackle one of seven themes.

Before the Workgroups begin meeting we are asking that community members come together one last time to expand workgroup participant's understanding of Heartside issues. We’re asking that you lend your perspective to discuss your area of expertise during discussions hosted on April 11th and April 12th, 2018. Below you will find a list of dates, themes and discussion times. Please choose one or two conversations to attend, it is our hope that you will help the city establish a firm understanding of the intricacies around each issue.

April 11, 9:30-11:30am - At Home In Heartside (focus: affordable housing options)

April 11, 12:30-2:30pm - Public Restrooms (focus: public restroom solutions in Heartside)

April 11, 3-5pm - Areas of Improvement (focus: Pekich Park and Lucky’s Liquor)

April 11, 6-8pm - Neighborhood Building and Activation(focus: creating a Neighborhood Association inHeartside)

April 12, 9:30-11:30 - Engaged and Employed

(focus: employment and educational options)

April 12, 12:30-2:30 - Substance Support (focus: addiction support network)

April 12, 3-5pm- Fresh Food Access (focus: healthy food options in Heartside)

The events will include a brief panel discussion and round table discussions to identify neighborhood resources for each theme, indicators for improvement and describing what indicators would show improvement in Heartside. This is where your experience in the neighborhood is needed, so that the community can learn about the issues surrounding each theme.

Please contact Latesha Lipscomb, Community Engagement Project Manager at The City of Grand Rapids, if you have questions:

Water & snacks will be provided, we hope to see you there!