After a shooting last month, the city of Grand Rapids wants to promote safety within the community so they announced a number of free events at various city parks.

This is phase 3 of the pilot program to increase safety. This phase includes the events being offered throughout the summer including a back-to-school celebration. They are free and for all ages.

  • Storytime at Joe Taylor Park & 3-on-3 basketball tournament (7/31, 8/7, 8/14)
  • Hip Hop Aerobics at Joe Taylor Park (7/29, 8/5, 8/12)
  • Community BBQ at Martin Luther King Park (8/17)
  • Neighborhood Disc Golf at Highland Park (TBA)
  • Back-to-school Celebration with movie, food, and games at Joe Taylor Park (9/7)

Grand Rapids city advisor said in the release

These are great opportunities for neighbors to connect, create community and help send a clear message that violence has no place in our city.

In addition to the community events, the city decided to incorporate park ambassadors after a man was shot at Joe Taylor Park on June 26. According to MLive, that marked the 9th shooting in a week.