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Residents Invited to Join First-ever Holiday Light Display Contest

The City of Kentwood is inviting residents to show off their decorating skills in its inaugural holiday light display contest, which will run Nov. 26-Jan. 3.

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Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Light Parade - Dec. 2

Join us as we welcome the holiday season with our annual tree lighting ceremony and parade 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at the Kent District Library - Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch.

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Kentwood Offers Fall Leaf and Brush Drop-Off to Residents - Oct. 18-Dec. 5

Our leaf and brush drop-offs are back through Dec. 5 at the Department of Public Works to help residents with their fall yard maintenance needs. Please note: The sites will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving.

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Kentwood Police Chief Richard Roberts Announces Retirement Following 34-year Career with Department

After a distinguished law enforcement career spanning more than three decades, Kentwood Police Chief Richard Roberts has announced his retirement.

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Clarkston Morgan and Jessica Ann Tyson Sworn in as Kentwood City Commissioners

The City of Kentwood has welcomed Clarkston Morgan and Jessica Ann Tyson to the City Commission and welcomed back reelected Kentwood Mayor Stephen Kepley, Commissioner At-Large Betsy Artz, City Clerk Dan Kasunic and City Treasurer Laurie Sheldon.

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Fall Fling Disc Golf Tournament and Food Drive - Nov. 13

The City of Kentwood and Great Lakes Disc's Fall Fling, a disc golf tournament and food drive for Kentwood's Little Free Pantry, will return Saturday, Nov. 13. The cost to participate is $40 per team plus one canned food donation.

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No-Cost COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Provided by MDHHS - Nov. 4

A no-cost COVID-19 vaccine clinic provided MDHHS will be offered 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 at the Kent District Library – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch, 4950 Breton Ave. SE, in the Community Room.

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Election FAQs

Are you ready for Election Day? As you prepare for the upcoming election, check out the City Clerk’s office answers to frequently asked questions.

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Halloween Information

In the City of Kentwood, trick-or-treat activities are recommended 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021.

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South Kent Community & Senior Expo to Spotlight Local Businesses Oct. 26

The City of Kentwood and Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce will host the fifth annual South Kent Community & Senior Expo next Tuesday, Oct. 26. The free event is set for 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Kentwood Activities Center, 355 48th St. SE.

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Kentwood to Host Annual Trunk or Treat - Oct. 23

Trick-or-treaters are invited to don their costumes and come to Trunk or Treat Saturday, Oct. 23. The free event will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Department of Public Works.

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Kentwood's Glow in the Park - Oct. 16

Illuminate the night at Kentwood's Glow in the Park 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.  The event will feature a variety of glow-themed activities, including light-up playground games and crafts, music, food and a self-timed fun run/walk. Register online at kentwood.us/GlowInThePark.

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City Treasurer Laurie Sheldon Honored with PRIME Award

City Treasurer Laurie Sheldon has been honored by the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association with the prestigious PRIME award for her distinguished service in the profession, in her community and with the MMTA.

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City of Kentwood Promotes Chad Griffin to Director of Public Works

Chad Griffin has been promoted to director of the Public Works Department. He previously served as the City’s building maintenance supervisor. In his new role, he will oversee the  Public Works Department functions and staff. 

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Kentwood Receives Redevelopment Ready Community Certification

We've received Redevelopment Ready Community certification from the MEDC in recognition of our commitment to attracting new investors, businesses and community members through targeted, strategic planning and creating a vibrant community in partnership with residents.

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62-B District Court Launches Alternative Dispute Resolution Plan

The 62-B District Court has implemented an Alternative Dispute Resolution plan that will allow community members to resolve certain disputes outside the courtroom through mediation and other facilitated processes.

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Community Invited to The Vibe Fundraiser - Sept. 16

Community members are invited to The Vibe, an annual celebration and fundraiser to enhance the City of Kentwood’s adaptive recreation programs, on Thursday, Sept. 16. More information and tickets are available online at KentwoodVibe.com or by calling 616.656.5270.

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Close Out the Summer With Annual Food Truck Festival - Sept. 11

Kentwood and GR8 Food Trucks have again partnered to offer a Food Truck Festival with more than 20 vendors. The free-to-attend community event will take place 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 11 in the parking lot of the Kent District Library – Kentwood (Richard. L. Root) Branch, 4950 Breton Ave. SE. 

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Intermittent Closures of 32nd St. From Pheasant Ridge to Breton

Intermittent road closures are expected on 32nd Street SE from the west city limits, about 170 feet west of Pheasant Ridge, to Breton Avenue while the section of roadway is repaved. Drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route or take the detour from Kalamazoo Avenue to 28th Street to Breton Avenue.

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Kentwood Farmers Market Returns for Summer

The Kentwood Farmers Market will return for its seventh season June 3-Aug. 26 with 20 local vendors and a variety of special activities 4:30-7:30 p.m. each Thursday in front of the library, 4950 Breton Ave. SE.

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Brush Drop-Off Site Reopened Aug. 12-21 to Help with Storm Damage

Beginning Aug. 12, our brush drop-off site, 5068 Breton Ave. SE, will be open to help residents dispose of tree debris from the recent storms noon-8 p.m. Monday–Friday and noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Aug. 21.

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62-B District Court COVID-19 Update

The 62-B District Court has returned to a face-covering requirement for employees and customers regardless of vaccination status.

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Kentwood Farmers Market to Host Aug. 12 Charcuterie Challenge

The Kentwood Farmers Market will have five competitors for its first-ever Charcuterie Challenge, a food assembly showdown using only farmers market ingredients, slated for Thursday, Aug. 12. 

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Operational Changes in Response to COVID-19 -  Aug. 10 Update

City Hall remains open for essential in-person services. The Kentwood Activities Center is open to the public. 

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Kentwood Donates Truck to Help GRCC Public Works Academy Boost Training for Municipal Careers

The City of Kentwood has donated a retired vehicle to be used for training the next generation of public works professionals enrolled in GRCC’s Public Works Academy, a program Kenwood helped launch in 2018.

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Kentwood Summer Concert Series Lineup

Our Summer Concert Series will return with free concerts on select Thursday nights.

Grab a blanket or chair and join us on the lawn behind Kentwood City Hall from 7-8:30 p.m. to enjoy the live music and food trucks.

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Kentwood to Celebrate National Night Out With More Than 15 Community Gatherings

Kentwood will be bustling with neighborhood events and other activities Tuesday, Aug. 3 as part of the community’s celebration of National Night Out. The nationwide annual event promotes community-police partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make communities safer.

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City of Kentwood Details Summer Road Projects

The City of Kentwood has released its tentative road construction and maintenance schedule for the summer. We aim to have summer resurfacing and routine maintenance completed by September.

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Celebrate Independence Day in Kentwood Saturday, July 3

The City of Kentwood has a full day of activities planned Saturday, July 3 for its annual Fourth of July Celebration, including a pancake breakfast, 5K race, parade, carnival and live music, leading up to fireworks at dusk.

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'BioBlitz' Program to Identify Flowering Plants and Pollinating Insects

Community members are invited to take part in the “Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz” program June 21-July 6, which involves capturing biodiversity in the county and taking part in activities to learn about native bees and butterflies and the environments they prefer.

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City of Kentwood Kicking Off Summer With Food Truck Festival

The City of Kentwood and GR8 Food Trucks are kicking off summertime with a food truck festival Saturday, June 19. From 11 a.m.-8 p.m., all are invited to join the free-to-attend community event in the parking lot of the Kent District Library – Kentwood (Richard. L. Root) Branch.

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Closure of 32nd Street Between Breton and Shaffer in Effect

Starting Monday, May 3, 32nd Street SE between Breton and Shaffer avenues will be closed for reconstruction through August. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and seek an alternate route or follow the posted detour that uses 29th Street.

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Kentwood Puts Spotlight on Senior Health and Fitness at Annual Expo

The 22nd annual Spotlight On Seniors Expo will be held outdoors in the Kentwood Library Courtyard on Tuesday, May 25. From 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., community members will be able to visit 40 vendors from a variety of local businesses and receive free health screenings.

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Kentwood Launches Survey to Inform Work of New Covenant Park Advisory Committees

The City of Kentwood has created two advisory committees and an online survey for community members to share input on the development of Covenant Park’s 109 acres. To share input on the park’s future, community members are invited to take the online survey by Friday, June 4.

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Parade and Tree Seedling Giveaway for National Public Works Week

In lieu of a traditional open house for National Public Works Week, our Department of Public Works will bring the big trucks to you on Saturday, May 22 with a parade through the City. We'll also be giving away tree seedlings noon-8 p.m. May 20-22.

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Spring Brush/Leaf Drop-Offs Open Until 5 p.m. Friday May 28

Brush and leaf drop-off services are available for residents at the Kentwood Department of Public Works noon-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. The sites will close for the season at 5 p.m. Friday, May 28.

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Kentwood Police Department Earns State's Outstanding Traffic Safety Award

The Kentwood Police Department has received the 2020 Outstanding Traffic Achievement Award from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission in recognition of its school safety campaign.

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Kentwood Police Department Invites High School Students to Youth Academy

The Kentwood Police Department is inviting high school students to apply for its youth academy, set to take place July 26-29. It is geared toward young people who are interested in a career in law enforcement. Applications are due by May 14

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Food Assistance and Other Community Resources

Many organizations have stepped up to offer community assistance during this time. We've compiled a running list of resources for food, child care, housing, paying bills and business support.

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Kentwood to Commemorate Arbor Day, Tree City USA Designation

In honor of Arbor Day and Kentwood’s new designation as a Tree City USA, the City will give away 300 tree seedlings to residents April 27-30 leading up to an Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, April 30.

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Division United Project Partners to Host Virtual Town Halls April 22

The Rapid, in partnership with the cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming will host two Virtual Town Hall Meetings on Thursday, April 22, to provide an update on the final phase of the Division United project. 

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Residents Invited to Community Cleanup Day

Yard waste, trash and general debris for disposal and electronics for recycling will be accepted at this year's Community Cleanup Day, set for 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 1 at the Kentwood Department of Public Works, 5068 Breton Ave. SE.

 

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Kentwood and Hanger Clinic's Third Annual Limb Loss Awareness 5K - April 24

In recognition of Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month, the City of Kentwood again is partnering with Hanger Clinic, a local prosthetic and orthotic patient care provider, to host the third annual Limb Loss Awareness 5K on Saturday, April 24 at Bowen Station Park.

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Community Members Invited to Become Kentwood Park Stewards

Kentwood Park Stewards is a new environmentally focused program to help preserve and maintain neighborhood parks, trails and public spaces. The program engages residents in monthly activities involving invasive species control, native habitat restoration and park beautification.

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Kentwood Police Department Introduces Body Camera Program

In an effort to enhance accountability and transparency, the Kentwood Police Department is introducing a body camera program that will include the training and outfitting of all officers with the new technology. The department has had in-car cameras since 2000 and some body cameras since 2016.

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Public Wi-Fi Available at Kentwood Parks and City Campus

We’re pleased to now offer Wi-Fi at many Kentwood parks and on our main City campus, thanks to CARES Act funding allocated to increase free public Wi-Fi access throughout Kent County. 

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Kentwood Welcomes James Kirkwood as Director of Engineering and Inspections

The City of Kentwood has welcomed James Kirkwood, P.E., a state licensed professional engineer, as its new director of engineering and inspections. He brings more than 30 years of civil engineering experience to the role.

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Shop Kentwood: A Community Effort to Support Local Businesses

Now more than ever, our local businesses need our support – and that’s especially true for restaurants. While indoor dining has resumed, capacity limits mean we need to find other ways to support our favorite restaurants. Visit kentwood.us/ShopKentwood to view a list of open restaurants and unique ways you can support them.

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City of Kentwood Launches Second Little Free Pantry

Thanks to generous community support, we have recently launched a second Little Free Pantry at the Kent District Library – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. Anyone can utilize or donate to this pantry. 

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Freeze Fest Disc Golf Tournament and Food Drive Slated for Feb. 20

The City of Kentwood and Great Lakes Disc again have partnered to host the sixth annual Freeze Fest doubles disc golf tournament and food drive on Saturday, Feb. 20.

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City of Kentwood's Valentine's Dash 5K set for Feb. 13

Our fourth annual Valentine’s Dash 5K will be on Saturday, Feb. 13 and will again benefit Kentwood’s Little Free Pantry, which provides food and personal care items to community members in need.

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String Light and Tree Recycling Available Through Jan. 29

Now through Jan. 29, string light and tree recycling is available for residents at the Department of Public Works, 5068 Breton Ave. SE, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please note: all non-natural materials must be removed from trees in advance. 

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Kentwood Celebrates Judge William G. Kelly's 42 Years of Service

After a distinguished law career spanning more than four decades, Judge William G. Kelly of Kentwood’s 62-B District Court will retire effective Jan. 1, 2021. Community members are invited to watch the virtual celebration of Judge Kelly's retirement at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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Residents Invited to Share Input on Updated Five-Year Park Plan

Community members are invited to review and share feedback on a proposed update to Kentwood's five-year Community Park and Recreation Plan. The draft plan is available for review online now through Dec. 30.

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62-B District Court Welcomes Judge-elect Amanda Sterkenburg

The City of Kentwood will welcome Judge-elect Amanda Sterkenburg to 62-B District Court on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. as she takes the oath of office. Community members are invited to watch the virtual swearing-in ceremony, which will be conducted by retiring 62-B District Court Judge William G. Kelly .

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Take the GVMC Freight Plan Survey

GVMC is in the beginning stages of developing a freight plan and is seeking the public's input on priorities about shipping and receiving freight. Please take the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LFMMW85
and be entered in a drawing to win a gift card.

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City of Kentwood Extends Local Business Support During Pandemic

As the pandemic continues, the City of Kentwood will extend allowances for approved temporary outdoor business expansion and sign display through October 2021. Find more information at kentwood.us/businessrestart.

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City of Kentwood Adopts Updated Master Plan

Following planning and community engagement efforts spanning more than three years, the City of Kentwood has adopted an updated Master Plan.

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Annual Fall Disc Golf Tournament and Food Drive - Nov. 14

Community disc golfers of all skill levels are invited to participate in the annual Fall Fling, a doubles disc golf tournament and food drive set for Saturday, Nov. 14.

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Halloween Information

If residents plan to participate in Halloween activities, trick-or-treating is recommended between 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Trick-or-treaters and homeowners are reminded to follow any public health recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19, and motorists are asked to watch out for pedestrians outside.

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Kentwood Police Drug Take Back Day - Oct. 24

Residents can rid their homes of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs by participating in Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 24. Safely dispose of pills or patches at the Kentwood Police Department between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous.

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Kentwood to Host Modified Trunk or Treat Oct. 24

Residents are invited to Kentwood’s Trunk or Treat event, which will be drive-thru only, on Saturday, Oct. 24. The free event will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Kent District Library – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch.

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Lane Closure Notice: 44th/Breton Intersection Repairs Planned Oct. 13-19

Repair work at the intersection of 44th Street and Breton Avenue is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Oct. 13. Drivers are encouraged to seek an alternate route, if possible, once the work begins as there will be multiple lane closures in place. 

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Brush and Leaf Drop-Off Sites Return Oct. 17

The Brush and Leaf Drop-Off programs will run from Saturday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Dec. 6 from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. at the Kentwood Department of Public Works, located at 5068 Breton Ave. SE.  

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Kentwood to Host NN Mobile Solutions Halloween 5K - Oct. 17

The City of Kentwood will host the NN Mobile Solutions Halloween 5K, a cross-country fun run, at Covenant Park on Saturday, Oct. 17.  All participants are encouraged to put on a costume and their favorite fall mask for the Halloween-themed event.

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'Build a Better Block' Events Coming to Division Oct. 2-3

All are invited to three community events in early October as part of the Division United project, featuring three locations along South Division Avenue that will be temporarily transformed into safer, more active and vibrant spaces and include all-ages fun, food, games and more.

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Kentwood Seeks Volunteers to Help Save Trees

The City has partnered with the Kent Conservation District Invasive Species Strike Team to train community members on how to identify and control aggressive and harmful invasive species. Five volunteer training sessions will be offered the week of Sept. 28 for those interested.

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Kentwood Police Warn Residents of Phone Scam

If you receive a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to be with the Kentwood Police Department, under no circumstance meet or give money to the caller or provide any personal information. Instead, hang up and call the non-emergency line: 616.698.6580.

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City of Kentwood Reduces Regulations and Expedites Review Processes to Support Local Businesses

Businesses wanting to add expanded outdoor spaces for customers can apply through a streamlined administrative review process. Time limits on temporary sign display have been suspended and business license fees have been waived.

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Sprinkling Ban for Wyoming Water Customers Lifted  - Aug. 20 Update

The sprinkling ban on Wyoming water users is officially lifted (5 days early!) thanks to the hard work of staff, contractors and municipal partners. 

 

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City of Kentwood Fleet to Parade Through the City on July 4

A fleet of City vehicles will parade throughout the community on Saturday, July 4 as a way to celebrate Independence Day safely in lieu of its traditional celebration activities this year.

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Kentwood's Little Free Pantry Open by Appointment, Donations Needed

The City of Kentwood has reopened its Little Free Pantry at 355 48th St. SE by appointment and is seeking donations to support community members in need.

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Community Clean-up Day and Brush and Leaf Drop-Off Sites - June 6

The City of Kentwood will again offer its annual Community Clean-up Day and open its brush and leaf drop-off sites for Kentwood residents beginning Saturday, June 6.

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Kentwood Accepts Donation of 109-Acre Parcel on 36th Street

The Kentwood City Commission has accepted a donation of nearly 109 acres of the property known as the Christian Athletic Complex for public park and recreational purposes.

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City of Kentwood Announces Summer Road Projects

The City of Kentwood has released its tentative road construction and maintenance schedule for the summer. Major streets scheduled for maintenance include East Paris Avenue, 52nd Street and 29th Street.

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Kentwood Seeks Public Input on Draft Master Plan

The City of Kentwood is seeking public input on its draft Master Plan, which the City has been working to update since 2017. The draft plan is available for public review on the City’s website at kentwood.us/PlanKentwood. Comments will be accepted through July 31.

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Easter Egg Hunt Canceled

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 based on recommendations set by local, state and national health organizations, we will not be moving forward with this year’s Easter Egg Hunt.

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August Ballot to Include Millage Question for Park, Trail and Recreational Improvements

City Commission has approved a millage question to be put on the August ballot for voters’ consideration to improve Kentwood parks, trails and recreational facilities and programming.

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Taste of Kentwood Slated for March 12

All are invited to gather on March 12 in celebration of food, fun and local business at the community-favorite event, Taste of Kentwood.

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New Absentee Ballot Envelope Design, Procedure

With the March 10 presidential primary election approaching, clerks are asking absentee voters to be aware of the newly designed absentee ballot envelopes sent in the mail.

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City of Kentwood and Road Commission Awarded for Patterson/44th Joint Project

The City of Kentwood and the Kent County Road Commission were recently presented with an award for the agencies’ joint project at the intersection of Patterson Avenue and 44th Street. 

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Family Luau Dance - Feb. 22

Kids can invite their parents, grandparents, primary caregivers, guardians or other relatives to the Family Luau Dance on Saturday, Feb. 22. The luau-themed event is a great opportunity for kids to have fun and dance with the adults in their lives.

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Freeze Fest Disc Golf  Tournament and Food Drive - Feb. 22

The City of Kentwood and Great Lakes Disc have once again partnered to host the fifth annual Freeze Fest doubles disc golf tournament and food drive on Saturday, Feb. 22.  Pre-registration is available online at: www.kentwood.us/freezefest.

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In-Person Tax Payment Extension

The City of Kentwood Treasurer will extend in-person payments at City Hall only until Monday, Feb. 17 at 4:30 p.m. Postmarks are not accepted.

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Kentwood's Economic Growth Continues

The City of Kentwood’s year-end permitted construction values remained strong in 2019, totaling $107 million with 12 private projects across several different industries exceeding $1 million.

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62-B District Court Offices to be Closed on Feb. 17

Please be aware the 62-B District Court's business offices will be closed to the public on Monday, Feb. 17 for record retention.

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Mike Hipp Promoted to Deputy Fire Chief

The City of Kentwood has promoted Michael Hipp from fire battalion chief to deputy fire chief. Hipp began service to Kentwood as a firefighter in 1991. Throughout his more than 28-year tenure with the department, he has also served as a fire lieutenant and fire captain.

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Valentine's Dash 5K Set For Feb. 8

Online registration is open now. Runners who sign up as a couple will save $5 each. If participants bring a non-perishable item or additional monetary donation for the pantry, they will be entered to win a prize.

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Grand Valley Metropolitan Council Seeks Public Input on Draft Transportation Plan

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council's draft 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan is open for public comment through March 2.

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DPW Accepting String Lights and Trees for Recycling this Winter

The Department of Public Works will accept string lights starting Dec. 18 and trees starting Dec. 26 for recycling this winter. Both services will be available to Kentwood residents until Jan. 31.

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Winter Concert Series Lineup Announced

Kentwood’s Winter Concert Series is returning in 2020 with free concerts on select Thursday nights from January to March at the Kent District Library – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch.

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Offices and Tree Drop-Off Closed Monday, Jan. 20

Please be aware the City of Kentwood's offices and tree recycle site will be closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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City Commission Adopts Resolution in Response to Refugee Executive Order

In response to an executive order, the Kentwood City Commission adopted a resolution in support of the continued resettlement of refugees within City limits.

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City Offices & Court Closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1

Please be aware both the City's and the 62-B District Court's business offices will be closed to the public on Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1.

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City of Kentwood Promotes Bryan Litwin to Deputy Police Chief

Bryan Litwin has been promoted to deputy police chief of the Kentwood Police Department. Previously serving as captain of the Professional Standards Division, Litwin succeeds Richard Roberts, who was appointed to the role of police chief. 

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Offices Closed 12-1 on Thursday, Jan. 23

City Hall, the Kentwood Activities Center and the Department of Public Works buildings will close from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 for an employee recognition event.

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Court to be Closed 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 13

The 62-B District Court will be closed to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13.

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Kentwood Police Department Continues Operation P.R.I.C.E.

The Kentwood Police Department will again partner with local store owners to prevent retail theft this holiday season through Operation P.R.I.C.E., an educational program that has helped area retailers reduce crime during the holidays since 2014.

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Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Light Parade - Dec. 5

The City of Kentwood invites the community to begin the holidays with its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Light Parade from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5.

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Ron Draayer Joins Kentwood City Commission

We are pleased to welcome Ron Draayer to the City Commission. Ron Draayer was elected as a second ward commissioner during the Nov. 5 election, and took the oath of office on Nov. 13 for the four-year term.

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City of Kentwood Promotes Richard Roberts to Police Chief

Richard Roberts has been promoted from deputy chief to police chief. During his more than 30 years with the City of Kentwood, Roberts has served in many different roles. He is the first in Kentwood to move through the ranks from patrol officer to police chief.

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Area Disc Golfers Invited to the Fall Fling at Old Farm Park - Nov. 9

The City of Kentwood and Great Lakes Disc Golf have partnered to offer the third Fall Fling event, a doubles disc golf tournament and food drive, at Old Farm Park on Saturday, Nov. 9.

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KPD Shows Appreciation for Student-Built Robotic Moving Target System

The Kentwood Police Department recently awarded 17 certificates of appreciation to East Kentwood High School students, mentors and a local business for their generous donation of a Robotic Moving Target System to aid officers in training.

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Police Chief Thomas Hillen to Retire Nov. 1.

After a distinguished law enforcement career spanning more than four decades, Kentwood Police Chief Thomas Hillen announced his retirement, effective Nov. 1.

 

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Kentwood Police Drug Take Back Day - Oct. 26

Can you remember the last time you cleaned out your medicine cabinet? Rid your home of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, Oct. 26. Stop by the Kentwood Police Department between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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South Kent Community Expo Puts Spotlight on Area Businesses

Community members will have the opportunity to explore a variety of community businesses during the South Kent Community Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Kentwood Activities Center.

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Brush and Leaf Drop-Off Sites Return Oct. 5, 2019

The sites will run concurrently from Saturday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Dec. 7 2019 with open hours from noon to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

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Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat Set for Oct. 19

The City of Kentwood’s annual Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat event is set for Saturday, Oct. 19. The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Department of Public Works, located at 5068 Breton Ave. SE. 

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Improvements to Veterans Memorial and Old Farm Parks Underway

Exciting changes are coming to two Kentwood parks this fall with several construction projects now underway. Please pardon our dust at Old Farm Park and Veterans Memorial Park as we make facilities more accessible, functional and fun.

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City of Kentwood to Host Glow in the Park 5K - Oct. 12

Ready, set, glow! The City of Kentwood’s first-ever Glow in the Park 5K is on Saturday, Oct. 12. Individuals interested in racing can register online.

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End of Summer Food Truck Festival - Sept. 14

The City of Kentwood and GR8 Food Trucks invites foodies and families to explore cuisine from nearly 30 vendors during the fourth annual End of Summer Food Truck Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14.

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Kentwood Seeks Public Input Through 'Plan Kentwood' Community Engagement Series

The City of Kentwood is updating its long-range vision for growth, land use, development and open space conservation, known as the Master Plan, and is seeking public input on proposed changes through “Plan Kentwood,” a community engagement series. 

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City of Kentwood Announces Summer Road Projects

The City of Kentwood has released its tentative road construction and maintenance schedule for the summer. Major streets scheduled for maintenance include Kalamazoo, East Paris, Breton and Walma.

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North Half of Forest Hill and Burton Intersection to be Closed Beginning Friday, Aug. 9 

There will be no access to Forest Hill Avenue from the south end of the street. Commuters will need to take a detour from East Paris Avenue to Cascade Road.

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City of Kentwood to Celebrate National Night Out

The City of Kentwood will be bustling with block parties, neighborhood events and other activities on Tuesday, Aug. 6 for National Night Out. Kentwood police officers, firefighters and City leaders will join residents at more than 20 gatherings planned for the annual community-building event, most of which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. 

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Kentwood to Unveil Beach Volleyball and Outdoor Football Bowling Courts

Come see the new competition-grade beach volleyball courts and outdoor football bowling setup at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 21. The grand opening event will be followed by a co-ed volleyball tournament. Those interested in playing can sign up at bit.ly/kentwoodvolleyball.

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Fourth of July Celebration Details

The City of Kentwood has a full day of activities planned for its annual Fourth of July Celebration, including a pancake breakfast, 5K race, parade, carnival and live music, leading up to fireworks at dusk.

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Kentwood Launches Parks, Trails and Recreation Advisory Committee 

The City of Kentwood has assembled a community-based Parks, Trails and Recreation Advisory Committee to plan for the City’s future. The advisory committee held its first meeting on Monday, June 3 with 21 members. 

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May 17 Vibe Gala to Benefit Adaptive Recreation Opportunities

All are invited to The Vibe, a gala benefiting Kentwood Parks and Recreation’s adaptive programs, on Friday, May 17. The celebration will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Stonewater Country Club. Tickets are available at kentwoodvibe.com

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Fourth Annual Family Open House at DPW Set for May 15

All are invited to the fourth annual Family Open House on Wednesday, May 15. The Kentwood Department of Public Works will again host the event in partnership with the Kent County Road Commission and the American Public Works Association in anticipation of National Public Works Week.

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First Cadet From Police Department's Academic Sponsorship Program Sworn In as Officer

The City of Kentwood has welcomed Jesalyn Heard to the Kentwood Police Department, the first cadet to go through its new academic sponsorship program and the first African-American woman to serve as a police officer in the Department’s 51-year history. Welcome to the team, Officer Heard!

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Summer Concert Series Lineup Announced

Kentwood’s Summer Concert Series returns with free concerts at 7 p.m. on select Thursday nights from June to August. This year’s series features West Michigan favorites such as The Crane Wives, Brena and Melophobix.

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Gypsy Moth Spraying Set for May 28-29

Gypsy Moth spraying dates for the 2019 treatment locations in the City of Kentwood are May 28 and 29. Should weather impede, additional spraying may occur on May 30.

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Recycling Center to Close this Summer

The Kent County Department of Public Works announced the Kentwood recycling drop-off station will close June 30 due to improved access to curbside recycling in the area, as well as increasing operation costs of public drop-off site.

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Parks, Trails and Recreation Advisory Committee Established

City Commission approved a resolution on Monday, April 8 to establish an advisory committee that will review and prioritize improvements to Kentwood’s parks, trails and recreational programming to align with the needs of the community.

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Kentwood Farmers Market Events and Vendor Application

The Kentwood Farmers Market is now accepting vendors for its fifth season, set to begin June 1. More information, including vendor applications, can be found online at www.kentwoodfarmersmarket.com.

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Community Clean-Up Day Set for Saturday, May 4

Community Clean-Up Day is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. General debris, gently used items for donation, yard waste, household hazardous materials and electronic devices will be accepted.

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Limb Loss Awareness 5K Set for April 27

The City of Kentwood is partnering with Hanger Clinic to offer the second annual Limb Loss Awareness 5K on Saturday, April 27 to raise funds for Kentwood’s Adaptive Recreation Programs. Sign up at: bit.ly/2JDSdbc.

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Celebrate Senior Health and Fitness at Annual Expo

Come to the 20th Annual Spotlight on Seniors Health & Fitness Expo on Tuesday, April 23. Learn about local services, and enjoy free snacks, lunch and giveaways at the free-to-attend event from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the KAC.

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Enjoy Breakfast with the Bunny

A pancake breakfast will be served 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20. When families arrive, there will be music to enjoy and an art project for children. Meet the bunny and take photos 10-11 a.m.

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Brush Drop-Off Site Reopened

Brush, sticks, tree limbs and logs from storm damage may be dropped off at the Public Works facility during daylight hours through April 15.

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18th annual Taste of Kentwood - March 14

The community is invited to explore a smorgasbord of local cuisine during the 18th annual Taste of Kentwood event on March 14. 

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Freeze Fest Returns Saturday, Feb. 16

The City of Kentwood has partnered with Great Lakes Disc to host its fourth Freeze Fest, a doubles disc golf tournament and food drive, on Saturday, Feb. 16.

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City of Kentwood Announces Winter Concert Series Lineup

The City of Kentwood’s Winter Concert Series is returning in 2019 with free concerts on select Wednesday nights from January to March in the Kent District Library – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch.

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Kentwood to Host Valentine's Dash 5K on Feb. 9

The second annual Valentine’s Dash 5K will take off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. Following the race will be an after-party in the library’s community room. Online registration is available now.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Food Drive on Jan. 21

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the City of Kentwood will hold a food drive to stock its Little Free Pantry on Jan. 21. To ensure those who need help can find it year-round, please lend a hand by donating to the pantry and consider becoming a year-round partner.

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Maurice Groce Fills Vacant City Commission Seat

On Dec. 18, the City Commission voted for the appointment of Groce to fill the vacant commission seat through November 2019

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Winter Cooking Classes to Impress your Guests

Looking to improve your culinary skills so you can impress your guests this year? Sign up for our winter cooking classes at bit.ly/48thStCooking.

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City of Kentwood Adopts PACE Program

The City of Kentwood has adopted a PACE program to promote the installation of energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems in area properties. It allows owners of commercial or industrial property to finance the upfront cost of energy or other eligible improvements and then pay the costs back over time through a voluntary assessment.

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Court Temporarily Closed Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The 62-B District Court will be closed to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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Kentwood's Holiday Tree Lighting and Light Parade Set for Dec. 7

The City of Kentwood invites the community to begin the holidays with its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Light Parade, slated for Friday, Dec. 7. Centered around the Kent District Library – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch, the free event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m.

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City Seeks Applications to Fill Commission Seat

The City of Kentwood is seeking applications from residents to fill a vacant position on the City Commission. You may apply in person at Kentwood City Hall or online HERE.

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New Kentwood City Hall Hours Take Effect Nov. 12

On Nov. 12, City Hall office hours will change to the following: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays; and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

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Kick Off the Holidays With Our Ugly Sweater 5K and More

The City of Kentwood is hosting two events in November to say farewell to fall and kick off the holidays: Fall Fling at Old Farm Park, a disc golf tournament and food drive, on Nov. 10, and an Ugly Sweater Cross County 5K on Nov. 17.

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Dates for Brush and Leaf Drop-Off Programs Announced

After receiving positive feedback from the community, the City of Kentwood will continue to pilot its brush drop-off program this fall. The program will run concurrently with the annual leaf drop-off site at the Public Works facility from Oct. 13 to Dec. 8.

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Trick-or-Treat Hours & Halloween Safety

Trick-or-treat activities are recommended between 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. 

As residents plan to participate in Halloween activities, the Kentwood Police Department offers the following tips to encourage a safe evening.

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Kentwood Ranked No. 1 Hottest ZIP Code

Realtor.com released its annual list of hottest ZIP codes in the U.S., and we're honored to have been ranked as No. 1. The report highlights our close-knit community, fast-selling affordable homes and strong schools.

 

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Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat Set for Oct. 20

Calling all ghouls, monsters, superheroes, princesses and all other trick-or-treaters: You are invited to attend the City of Kentwood’s annual Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, Oct. 20.

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Fall Cooking Classes to Entice Every Taste Bud

Looking to improve your culinary skills or check out the Kentwood Activities Center’s newly renovated kitchen? Sign up for our fall cooking classes.

 

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End of Summer Food Truck Festival Set for Sept. 15

The City of Kentwood will host the third annual End of Summer Food Truck Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15 in partnership with GR Loves Food Trucks. Nearly 30 food trucks are expected to participate in the free-to-attend event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the parking lot of the Kent District Library – Kentwood (Richard. L. Root) Branch.

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Kentwood Asks Community to Help 'Plan Our Parks'

The City of Kentwood is seeking public input through a series of "Plan Our Parks" events, where residents of all ages will have the opportunity to help shape the future of Kentwood’s parks and recreation development.

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Kentwood Announces Summer Road Projects

Following City Commission approval, Kentwood has released its tentative road construction and maintenance schedule for the summer, which includes improvements to 22 miles of major and local roads.

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Community Invited to 'Celebrate Kentwood'

All of West Michigan is welcome to join as we “Celebrate Kentwood” on Saturday, Aug. 11. event returns for a day of fun and celebration. This year’s festival will be one jam-packed day of events at City Hall and surounding area with family-friendly activities, local food vendors, community booths, a beer garden, live music and more.

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City of Kentwood Email Communications Temporarily Down

The City of Kentwood email server is experiencing disruptions. As we work to resolve this issue, residents are encouraged to contact us by phone.

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City of Kentwood Announces Summer Concert Series Lineup

The City of Kentwood’s Summer Concert Series returns with free concerts and entertainment on select Thursday nights from June to August. The series features West Michigan favorites such as The Crane Wives, May Erlewine and The Moxie Strings.

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Wing Avenue Project

This summer, we are working to improve Wing Avenue from 60th Street to 52nd Street. The construction project includes reconstructing the road, improving sight distance, safety improvements, new watermain, new storm sewer, new sanitary sewer, and an improved trailhead.

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Notice: Work Along East West Trail Now Complete

On behalf of ITC, Quality Tree Service of Michigan has completed treating areas along the East West Trail for selective removal of vegetation that could interfere with power lines.

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Kentwood to Pilot Brush Drop-Off

The City has taken your suggestion to create a brush drop-off site, which will be located at Kentwood Department of Public Works, 5068 Breton Ave. SE.

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City Seeks Volunteers

The City of Kentwood welcomes residents to participate in a variety of boards and committees.  Community involvement is the key to keeping Kentwood a great community.  If you would like to serve on a board or committee, please fill out our Committee Application.  We currently have openings on the Planning Commission and Arts Commission.

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The Rapid Seeks CEO

The Rapid is currently seeking a CEO to lead the West Michigan public transportation organization. The City of Kentwood is a member of the Interurban Transit Partnership that operates the Rapid. 

 

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Kentwood's Got Talent Audition to be Held April 19

You’ve seen the hit TV show – and now we’re adding our own local spin to finding top talent. And we're looking for local talent. 

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Easter Bunny to Arrive a Day Early in Kentwood

The City’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place rain or shine on March 31 at 10 a.m. at the Kentwood City Hall lawn. Children and families are invited to attend this free event, which will offer candy and prizes to all.

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Driver Responsibility Fees Ending

On March 1, Gov. Snyder signed legislation that eliminates new Driver Responsibility Fees and wipes outstanding debts beginning Oct. 1, 2018. 

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Snowplow Appreciation Week

This week, we want to take time to recognize the men and women who keep our roads clean during the cold winter months.

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Personal Property Filings Due Feb. 20

If you are a business owner in Kentwood, then you have a very important deadline soon. 

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Winter Taxes Due

Winter Taxes are Due Feb. 14! 
It's that time of the year when Winter Taxes are due. You can easily make payments online by visiting the Kentwood Treasurer page

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City of Kentwood Now Offering ACH Payments!

The City of Kenwood now offers ACH processing for Utility Water Payments!  ACH is a free option to make electronic payments to the City of Kentwood without exchanging cash or checks. 

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Kentwood Winter Concert Series Begins Jan. 18

Just like our popular Summer Concert Series, we are excited to announce the lineup for the first Winter Concert Series.

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Tree Drop Off

If you're ready to remove your largest decoration - your tree - the City of Kentwood is ready to take it off your hands. 

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Kentwood City Hall Observe Holiday Hours

The City of Kentwood will observe special Holiday hours. 
The City will be closed on Dec. 22 and Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas. 
The City will also be close on Dec. 29 and Jan. 1 in observance of the new year.

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Gypsy Moth Survey in Progress

The City of Kentwood has hired Aquatic Consulting Services (ACS) to conduct a Gypsy Moth population survey between Wednesday, Oct. 25 and Tuesday, Oct. 31.

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Winter Parking Reminder

From November 15 to March 15 each year, City Ordinance does not allow parking on city streets between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. for snow maintenance. 

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Kentwood Trick or Treat

It's that time of the year when ghouls, princesses and superheroes take to the streets in search of Halloween candy. 

The City of Kentwood will observe Trick or Treating  for 2021 on Saturday Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

 

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End of Summer Food Truck Rally Coming Sept. 16

Join us from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. as we say goodbye to summer with food trucks, cornhole, live music and a beer tent! We're partnering with GR Loves Food Trucks to bring more than 30 different food trucks and vendors to this celebration! 

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New Website Coming Soon!

We are very excited to unveil our new website in the coming weeks! The updated website will have a fresh, new look along with tools that will make it easy for you find the information you need.

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Kentwood Getting New Street Lights

The City of Kentwood is getting a lot brighter – thanks to a conversion to LED streetlights on primary streets.
 
Kentwood is joining the growing list of cities making the conversion, swapping out 2,661 of its current high-pressure sodium, or HPS, lights to light-emitting diode, commonly known as LED lights. The project will be completed in four phases, beginning this week.
 
“From now through the end of October, Kentwood will be working with Consumers Energy to convert 489 lights on major streets such as 44th Street, 52nd Street and Eastern Avenue,” Dan VanderHeide said, Kentwood city project manager. “We are pleased with this partnership, which will allow us to improve lighting while saving money.”

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Celebrate Kentwood Starts Friday

Celebrate Kentwood

August 11 & 12 
 
 
Kentwood City Hall Lawn (4900 Breton SE)
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Join us for two days of celebration! Taking place behind Kentwood City Hall, we'll have food, inflatables for kids, carnival games, community booths, a beer garden, cultural acts, and live music including Mega 80's! Saturday evening will end with a special 50th Anniversary fireworks show.

Friday Schedule
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.            Classic Car Show
5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.       Beer Garden Open 
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.            Kentwood's Got Talent

Saturday Schedule
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.             Farmers Market at the Kentwood Library
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.             Breton Street Fair
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.             Various cultural acts performing
Noon to  7 p.m.             Inflatables, Carnival Games, Kids Activities
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.             Tom Cutts & Friends
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.             The Isaac Norris Project
4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.   Beer Garden Open 
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.        Cabildo
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.   Mega 80’s
Dusk                              Fireworks

More information available at www.kentwood50.com 

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Celebrate Kentwood Parking

We hope you'll be joining us this weekend for Celebrate Kentwood, where we have a lot FREE activities and events planned throughout the day! 

The City will be providing shuttle service beginning Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. The shuttle service will run from St. Marks Church, Challenger Elementary, New Covenant Community Church and Crestwood Middle School and drop off at the bus stop on Walma next to City Hall. 

Shuttle buses will be labeled "2A Kentwood 50." Times runs as follows: 

 

Friday

6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

18 minute pick-up frequency 

 

Saturday 

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

18 minute pick-up frequency 

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

9 minute pick-up frequency 

7 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

6 minute pick-up frequency 


Handicap parking is available in front of City Hall. 

Additional parking suggestions throughout the weekend are: 

Kentwood Public Works, 5068 Breton SE
Kentwood Justice Center, 4742 Walma SE
Crestwood Middle School, 2674 44th St. SE 
New Covenant Church, 5160 Breton SE 
Challenger Elementary, 2475 52nd St. SE
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1934 52nd St. SE 

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We need YOU to make this party happen!

We're throwing a big party to "Celebrate Kentwood" Aug. 11 - 12, and we need YOUR help! We're looking for volunteers to help with everything from beer tent help to information booth to merchandise sales! Come down to Railtown Brewing Company Tuesday, July 18 between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and sign up. We'll even give you a cool t-shirt and pizza in return!

Can't make it Tuesday? Sign up online to help!http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4faaac29a31-volunteer.

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Storms Roll Through Kentwood

We hope everyone is safe after last night's storm. All our available are out cleaning up this morning. Please be aware that many traffic signals are out this morning and you should treat these as a 4-way stop.

Our crews are cleaning up debris and fallen trees on city streets and sidewalks. Remember, it is the property owner's responsibility to clean any debris from your yard. 
Kentwood does not have a yard waste drop off site.  If you need to dispose of yard waste from the storm, we encourage you to contact your current waste hauler.  You can also visit Kent County Recycling to find more yard waste disposal options in Kent County.  We are also aware that Landscape Impressions is currently taking brush. Please call in advance. 

Our crews are working as fast as possible while keeping everyone safe. If you see a downed power line, contact Consumer's Energy Down Line phone number 800-477-5050 and stay at least 25 ft away from the line. More information about what to do with a downed line can be found https://www.consumersenergy.com/community/safety.
 

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Kentwood Trick or Treat

It's that time of year, when ghouls, princesses, super heroes take to the streets in search of Halloween candy. 
Trick or Treating hours are on Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

For the safety of our children, please observe the following: 

  • Take extra precaution while driving through the city on October 31. This includes driving slower and eliminate any distractions while driving. Remember, no texting and driving! 
  • Parents should accompany their children while trick or treating 
  • Be sure to carry a flashlight 
  • Leave your porch light on if you are handing out candy 
  • Parents, remember to check your children's candy before indulging 

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City Seeks Feedback on Office Hours

The City of Kentwood is evaluating amending its office hours to better serve the community. Residents are invited to complete a two-question survey about City Hall office hours to guide these improvements. Click here to complete the survey.

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Kentwood Fire Department Has Begun Annual Fire Hydrant Testing

The Kentwood Fire Department has begun annual spring testing and flushing of fire hydrants throughout the City.  

Tests are conducted to make sure hydrants are in good repair and water flow and pressure are adequate in the event hydrants are needed during fires. 

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'Under the Sea' Daddy-Daughter Dance set for Jan. 26

Our Daddy-Daughter Dance is set for Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Kent District Library - Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. With an "Under the Sea" theme, this year’s event will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Summer Concert Series Lineup Announced

Kentwood’s Summer Concert Series returns with free concerts at 7 p.m. on select Thursday nights from June to August. This year’s series features West Michigan favorites such as The Crane Wives, Brena and Melophobix.

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Water Main Break on 44th Street Closes Eastbound Lanes

All drivers are asked to avoid 44th Street between Walnut Hills and Walma Avenue while crews work to repair a water main break in front of Crestwood Middle School.

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