Community Photo Session Update

Dennis Grantz (Photographer from WMCAT) and a resident chatting together!

Dennis Grantz (Photographer from WMCAT) and a resident chatting together!

The Community Photo Session was held on May 6, 2017. Many community members came to West Grand Neighborhood Organization to get their picture taken by Dennis Grantz from WMCAT and one of our staff members.

Residents who were there also got to meet the mural artist, George Eberhardt and see the plan for the mural.

One of our young residents performing a native american hoop dance.

One of our young residents performing a native american hoop dance.


We had a great time meeting people and were treated to a Native American hoop dance by one of our talented young residents! It was inspiring!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to be a part of the mural!

Steve VanHolstyn from Over The Horizon Aerial Imaging also stopped by for the session and to have a little fun! Steve told us he plans on documenting the work on the mural and has been kind enough to share some of his photo's with us! Thank you Steve!

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers Needed!

West Grand Neighborhood Organization has multiple events and activities that we need volunteers for.

If you would like to participate in any of the multiple events or activities go to the following link and take the questionnaire about volunteer opportunities with WGNO:

Currently there are over 8 volunteer opportunities to choose from!

Make sure to click "Subscribe" to our events on Facebook to get notified of new events in our area! Please share or send the link for the form to family and friends you think would be interested in volunteering as well! Thank you for your time!

Update: Potential Zoning Changes

This morning The City of Grand Rapids issued a Media Release:

Neighborhood input results in Zoning Map change

After meeting with Westside residents and business leaders, First Ward Commissioners and City officials are responding by crafting modifications to a proposed Zoning Map they believe better align with neighborhood interests. The proposed changes support two important goals of the community: providing a better transition between downtown and the neighborhood, and facilitating development of affordable housing. The proposed Zoning Ordinance text and map amendments are available at the City’s website at

Look below for a higher resolution image of the updated map.

Please check out the Press Release and let us know what you think!

The updated map:

The revised map for downtown Grand Rapids addresses resident concerns by reducing height limits on the near west side from 10 stories to seven stories by right in a new zone district. It divides the Downtown Height (DH) overlay district into two zones. The DH-2 (a) zone allows buildings up to 10 stories in height by right, with an additional six bonus stories. The DH-2 (b) zone allows buildings up to seven stories in height by right, with an additional five bonus stories, which can only be fully attained by providing affordable housing.
— - City of Grand Rapids 3/24/2017 Media Release

City of GR - Winter Preparedness Brief

The City of Grand Rapids is already gearing up for winter with a six-page Winter Preparedness guide, prepared by the City’s 311 Customer Service Center. The Winter Preparedness Brief is designed at helping residents prepare for the coming winter season that will be here before we know it. The Winter Preparedness Brief provides readers with tips and rules on how to survive and thrive during the winter months as a resident of Michigan’s second largest city. See the 6 page guide by clicking the links below.


Click for the English Version

Click for the Spanish Version

Sponsor a Family for Christmas



It's that time of year again!


The 2nd Annual Giving Tree Sponsorship


Now until December 14


Adopt a family for Christmas!


You can check out the event on Facebook for updates and more information!

If you would like to donate or sponsor a family or individual:

To help with this effort, stop by our office at 415 Leonard St. NW (parking behind Brann's) or go to: (Make sure to note during the process that the donation is for "The Giving Tree"

For questions or additional information about sponsoring a family or an individual, please contact: or call 616-451-0150