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A group of non-profit organizations working together to see a diverse WestSide community marked by equity, inclusion, and hope.

Why we love the WestSide

Urban Location

The WestSide is a vibrant urban neighborhood immediately west of the Grand Rapids’ downtown core. More specifically, the ‘lower’ WestSide is bounded roughly by Richmond Street on the north, Butterworth Street on the south, and the natural features of the Grand River on the east and a hill parallel to Valley Street on the west.

Diverse community

The WestSide has cultivated a rich identity as a melting pot of culture from the original Odawa Indians who lived along the west bank of the Grand River to the early German, Polish, Dutch, and Lithuanian settlers who developed the area into the 20th Century. Holding true to its diverse history, the WestSide is Grand Rapids’ most diverse urban neighborhood, home to a vibrant mix of African American, Hispanic, Native Americans, and second and third generation European settlers.

Things to do

The WestSide is encompasses three business districts each offering its own unique walkable “small-town” feel with variety of authentic restaurants, grocers, coffee shops, breweries, a distillery, new and used clothing stores, antique shops, and much more. The WestSide is also home to over 250 acres of parks and green space sporting amenities ranging from pools and splash-pads to a skate park and John Ball Zoo.

Recreation gateway

The WestSide is also the gateway to one of the largest urban parks in the country, Millennium Park. With 1,400 acres of rolling terrain and six miles of frontage on the Grand River, the facilities include a six-acre beach and splash-pad, boat rental facilities, endless miles of paved bike trails, and other diverse opportunities for recreation and relaxation. In addition, bordered by the Grand River to the east, the WestSide’s Fish Ladder Park offers some of the best salmon and steelhead fishing in West Michigan!

For people of all ages and backgrounds, the WestSide isn’t just a neighborhood, it’s a community!

Where the Collaborative fits in

Who We Are

The WestSide Collaboration is 25 local nonprofits passionate about our WestSide community.

Vision

The WestSide Collaborative seeks to address the marginalization of the WestSide Neighborhood residents due to the concentration of power held by entities and individuals other than the residents themselves.

Mission

To engage and empower residents and organizations to act on self-determined community issues.

We envision a WestSide Community marked by Equity, Inclusion, and Hope.

Upcoming Events

May 6, 2017
  • Lincoln Park Futsal Tournament

    May 6, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Lincoln Park, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    Come enjoy a futsal tournament in Lincoln Park!

    The Bridge Street House of Prayer, in partnership with local Westside businesses, are hosting this event to raise money for Neighborhood Engagement efforts! We will be also have a soccer equipment drive to donate new or gently used soccer equipment to Westwood Middle School and Sibley Elementary School.

    This tournament is capped at 16 teams. Every team will be gauranteed 2 games. Teams must be co-ed and participants must be 18 or older. The cost will be $10 per player, and that will include a tournament tshirt.

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 27.
    ^EDITED, we have extended registration until April 10.

    For tournament or registration questions, please contact Anna Stowie at anna@bshop.org, subject line: Futsal Tournament

    https://www.facebook.com/events/375069566209057/

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May 11, 2017
  • GRPD Park Memorial Dedication Ceremony

    May 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Richmond Park, 1101 RICHMOND NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    Dedication Ceremony for the GRPD Park Memorial Fundraiser: Phase Two. More details to follow! Learn how to get involved or donate by going to http://westgrand.org/grpdmemorialfund

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May 18, 2017
  • WestFest 2017

    May 18, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    John Ball Park, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    WestFest 2017 will be a BLAST this year! Here is the carnival schedule:
    Thursday, May 18, 5pm-10pm
    Friday, May 19, 12noon-10pm (K of C Food/Beer tent 5pm-10pm)
    Saturday, May 20, 12noon-11pm (Car Show 10am-2pm; K of C Food/Beer tent 12noon-11pm, Mock Wedding 6pm-10pm)
    Sunday, May 21, 12noon-6pm
    Discounted Wristbands for carnival rides will be available for purchase at the Sacred Heart Academy office by noon on May 18. Full-price wristbands may be purchased at the gate or online.
    WRISTBANDS WILL BE ON SALE SOON! Check back for more details!
    https://www.facebook.com/events/394289330949233/

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May 19, 2017
  • WestFest 2017!!

    May 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    John Ball Park, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    WestFest 2017 will be a BLAST this year! Here is the carnival schedule:
    Friday, May 19, 12noon-10pm (K of C Food/Beer tent 5pm-10pm)
    Discounted Wristbands for carnival rides will be available for purchase at the Sacred Heart Academy office by noon on May 18. Full-price wristbans may be purchased at the gate or online.
    WRISTBANDS WILL BE ON SALE SOON! Check back for more details!
    https://www.facebook.com/events/394289330949233/

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May 20, 2017
  • WestFest 2017

    May 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
    John Ball Park, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    WestFest 2017 will be a BLAST this year! Here is the carnival schedule:

    Car Show 10am-2pm
    Food/Beer tent 12noon-11pm
    Mock Wedding 6pm-10pm

    Discounted Wristbands for carnival rides will be available for purchase at the Sacred Heart Academy office by noon on May 18. Full-price wristbands may be purchased at the gate or online.
    WRISTBANDS WILL BE ON SALE SOON! Check back for more details!
    https://www.facebook.com/events/394289330949233/

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