The Rapidian

John Ball Park

First class of GRPS Challenge Scholars aims for free college

Submitted 06-16-2017 under NEWS

Union High School freshmen wrap up the school year with free college in mind, as the first group of potential Challenge Scholars in Grand Rapids Public Schools.


John Ball Zoo and Grand Rapids Public Museum proposal November 8

Submitted 10-04-2016 under OPINION

The November 8 Zoo and Museum millage proposal is an opportunity for Kent County voters to make an investment in two cultural institutions that are essential to the growth of our community.


Gentrification or revitalization: Which is it?

Submitted 06-28-2016 under OPINION

The Westside cherishes its rich heritage, whether Hispanic, Polish, Dutch, African-American, Lithuanian or German. Beyond the business corridors, breweries, market rate apartments and luxury condos opening, do we see the repercussions that "revitalization" is having on our neighbors?


'Hark Up with the Down Home Horns' to headline at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes

Submitted 06-20-2016 under NONPROFITS

Join Covenant Village of the Great Lakes for an old-fashioned Tent Revival Meeting with gospel music provided by Hark Up with the Down Home Horns.


Harrison Park students share events, programs benefiting community

Submitted 02-03-2016 under NONPROFITS

With programs ranging from "be nice." and a debate team, events and Facebook pages to celebrate students and more, there's a lot to know about what's going on at Harrison Park Elementary. Students ages 10 & 11 share what they think you should know.


Walking the West Side: Harrison Park students share favorite spots in their own neighborhoods

Submitted 01-06-2016 under NONPROFITS

Harrison Park Elementary students share their favorite places and activities in their own neighborhoods for this second Rapidian article by students ages 7 to 13.


John Ball Zoo plans for growth as nonprofit

Submitted 12-17-2015 under NEWS

After a transition to nonprofit status in 2014, John Ball Zoo is looking to make park expansions and fund new projects.


West Side home prices: Blowing up or recovering?

Submitted 12-16-2015 under OPINION

Is the local real estate market out of control, or is it stabilizing? Is any housing stock left in cool, affordable, up-and-coming areas, or have investors snapped it all up? Are buyers overpaying for real estate in Grand Rapids?


Just out of reach: Housing prices climb on Grand Rapids' Westside

Submitted 12-08-2015 under OPINION

Demand for student housing and revitalization is pricing out families from being able to live on the Westside. Changes in my neighborhood are evidenced in many areas, including the housing around Lincoln Park, in the John Ball Park neighborhood.


Young writers at Harrison Park Elementary to share community stories on The Rapidian

Submitted 12-02-2015 under NONPROFITS

Harrison Park Media Team reporters interviewed themselves for their first article on The Rapidian. The students have been writing for their school newspaper since September and are now writing for the broader Grand Rapids community.