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Ottawa Hills: A Blend of History, Beauty, and Community Spirit

Situated on the southeast side of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ottawa Hills stands as a testament to architectural splendor and historical significance. Established in 1922 with the construction of its first home, the neighborhood has since flourished, boasting magnificent homes that span decades of architectural evolution. The winding roads, lined with these historic homes, offer a picturesque journey through time, a testament to the dedication of the residents and the Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association in preserving this area’s rich heritage.

Educational Excellence 

Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School is the crown jewel of education in Ottawa Hills. With impeccable ratings and community accolades, it’s no wonder that this school is a top choice for residents. Beyond its academic prowess, the school has made commendable efforts in integrating nature into its campus. The amphitheater, footpaths, and Pontiac Field are not just for students but also serve as community hubs, fostering a sense of unity and promoting outdoor activities.

Engaging Activities in Ottawa Hills

While Ottawa Hills might be compact, it’s brimming with activities and places to explore. The Grand Rapids Public Library’s Ottawa Hills Branch stands as a beacon of knowledge and community engagement, hosting events for all age groups.

The neighborhood’s sense of community truly shines through its annual events. Every August, residents gather at Pontiac Field for an ice cream social, an event filled with camaraderie, trivia games, and delightful face painting sessions. But the highlight of Ottawa Hills’ events calendar is undoubtedly the Hollyhock Lane Parade. Started in 1934 as a modest bike parade, it has grown to become Michigan’s longest-running parade, celebrated every Fourth of July.

Other notable annual events that foster community spirit include the Easter Egg Hunt, where the playground of Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School turns into a treasure trove for children, and the Garden Tour, a delightful event held on the first Saturday of June that showcases the beautiful gardens maintained by the residents.


Ottawa Hills is more than just a neighborhood; it’s a living tapestry of history, community spirit, and architectural beauty. Whether you’re taking a leisurely stroll down its curvy roads, participating in the Hollyhock Lane Parade, or simply enjoying a book at the library, Ottawa Hills promises a unique and enriching experience.


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