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Embracing Community in Highland Park, Grand Rapids

Nestled just north of Interstate 196, the Highland Park neighborhood is a cozy enclave bustling with homes and a welcoming community spirit. Over 3,000 residents proudly call this neighborhood home, and the community continues to flourish in a positive direction. Established in the 1990s, the Highland Park Neighborhood Association has been at the forefront of ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for both residents and visitors. Their efforts, including a robust crime watch program, have significantly contributed to fostering a sense of safety and community.

A Stroll Through History and Greenery

Highland Park is not just a name shared between the neighborhood and the park; it’s a testament to the area’s commitment to providing recreational spaces for its residents. The 30-acre park, established way back in 1873 by Alpinus and Melvill Bissell along with Benjamin Harland, has grown from a modest 3.5-acre area to a recreational haven featuring a swimming pool, baseball diamond, and soccer field. The newly opened Eastern Park further enhances the neighborhood’s green spaces with a basketball court and paved trails for biking or walking.

Surrounding Amenities

Highland Park’s strategic location offers its residents a plethora of amenities in the neighboring areas. To the west, the Belknap Lookout neighborhood beckons with its mesmerizing views of Grand Rapids and the Grand River from Lookout Park, especially enchanting during the Fourth of July fireworks. Belknap Park further offers a sledding hill for winter fun.

To the north, golf enthusiasts can find their sanctuary at the members-only Kent Country Club, featuring an 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts, and a fitness center. The club also houses a restaurant and offers event hosting facilities, making it a comprehensive recreational hub.

Education is a priority in the vicinity, with Wellspring Preparatory High School, also located to the north, being highly acclaimed for its rigorous academic curriculum and emphasis on instilling core values in its students.

For the food aficionados, a short drive south across Interstate 196 opens up a world of culinary delights. Grand Coney, a 24-hour diner, tempts with its American-style cuisine, while the Omelette Shoppe promises a breakfast experience that will have you coming back for more, especially for their homemade cinnamon rolls.

Highland Park is more than just a neighborhood; it’s a community that cherishes its historical roots, celebrates its diversity, and embraces the future with a shared sense of responsibility and enthusiasm. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, the welcoming spirit of Highland Park is bound to make you feel right at home.


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