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West Grand: A Blend of Urban Charm and Natural Beauty

West Grand stands proudly as the second largest neighborhood in Grand Rapids, offering a rich tapestry of activities, landmarks, and community hubs. With two bustling business districts and a plethora of outdoor spaces, residents and visitors alike are never short of things to do.

Natural Retreats in the City

Several parks dot the West Grand landscape, providing urban dwellers with a touch of nature. Richmond Hills Park, spanning 57 acres, is a recreational haven, boasting amenities like cross-country skiing, a baseball diamond, swimming pool, sledding hill, and tennis courts. Harrison Park, though smaller at 5 acres, offers basketball, tennis, and a playground for children.

The Fish Ladder on the Grand River is another natural attraction. Especially during Spring and Summer, visitors flock to Fish Ladder Park to witness the awe-inspiring sight of fish navigating the rapids.

Historical and Cultural Landmarks

The SS Peter & Paul Church, with its recognizable bell tower, stands as a testament to the area’s rich history. Established in 1904 by Bishop Henry J. Richter, this Roman Catholic church continues to be a beacon for the faithful.

Dining and Breweries in West Grand

West Grand contributes to Grand Rapids’ title as “Beer City USA” with its own set of breweries. The Mitten Brewing Company, a part of the Leonard Business District since 2012, tempts patrons with its microbrews and delectable pizzas. The baseball-themed interior adds to its charm. The Knickerbocker Brewpub and Distillery, a recent addition under the New Holland Brewery umbrella, offers a wide range of craft beers and spirits.

For those seeking a hearty breakfast or lunch, the Westsider Cafe promises generous portions and a cozy atmosphere. But be warned: their doors close at 2:30 PM everyday, so make sure you get there early enough to enjoy your breakfast or lunch!

Must-Visit Spots

New Vintage Place, nestled in the American Seating Park, is an ideal venue for events, from weddings to corporate gatherings. Its spacious interiors and dedicated staff ensure every event is memorable.

For those looking to spruce up their living spaces, Northwestern Home Furnishings offers a curated selection of furniture. With over 75 years in business, this family-owned store prioritizes customer service.

Roots Brew Shop is a must-visit for coffee aficionados. With its selection of high-quality coffee, tea, pastries, and more, it promises a delightful experience.

For those seeking some retro fun, Clique Lanes is the go-to spot. This two-floor bowling center, complete with a delectable food and drink menu, guarantees hours of entertainment.

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