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Community Updates: Friday, April 28

City Manager, city staff present FY2024 Preliminary Fiscal Plan to the Grand Rapids City Commission; free outdoor fitness classes returning to Grand Rapids in May; and more
The Blue Bridge, the Grand River, and the buildings of downtown Grand Rapids peeking out from behind the trees

The Blue Bridge, the Grand River, and the buildings of downtown Grand Rapids peeking out from behind the trees /John Rothwell

City Manager, City Staff Present FY2024 Preliminary Fiscal Plan to the Grand Rapids City Commission

On Tuesday, the City of Grand Rapids held the second of April's Committee of the Whole meetings at City Hall. During this meeting, city staff (including City Manager Mark Washington) presented the Grand Rapids City Commission with an overview of the City's FY2024 Preliminary Fiscal Plan.

According to the proposed budget, $643 million will be allocated towards projects and programs that encompass the six primary components of the City's Strategic Plan: Economic Prosperity and Affordability, Health and Environment, Mobility, Safe Community, Engaged and Connected Community, and Governmental Excellence. By using these priorities as a rubric for financial planning, the City aims to address major issues like affordable housing, safe/accessible transportation, climate change, homelessness prevention, and more. City Manager Mark Washington, in a press release that was sent out on Tuesday, stated that:

"The FY2024 fiscal plan continues investments aligned with our values and balances the many challenging and polarizing issues by being both safe and compassionate, prosperous and equitable, growing and sustainable, [and] practical and transformational. Grand Rapids must continue to be all of these to achieve our vision to be 'nationally recognized as an equitable, welcoming, innovative and collaborative city with a robust economy, safe and healthy community, and the opportunity for a high quality of life for all."

Also included in Tuesday's press release was a breakdown of the proposed budget by Strategic Plan priority:

Economic Prosperity & Affordability $61 million
Health & Environment $201 million
Mobility $100.3 million
Safe Community $139.7 million
Engaged & Connected Community $20.6 million
Governmental Excellence $167.1 million

The Grand Rapids City Commission is scheduled to adopt the FY2024 Preliminary Fiscal Plan at its meeting on Tuesday, May 23. Residents are encouraged to provide feedback on the City's proposed budget plan during the public hearing portion of the May 23 meeting. Grand Rapidians can also attend one of the two "Budget Review Workshops" or email the Grand Rapids City Clerk's office ([email protected]).

To watch Tuesday's Committee of the Whole meeting and to see the full FY2024 Preliminary Fiscal Plan presentation, visit the City of Grand Rapids's YouTube channel or watch below:


Free Outdoor Fitness Classes Returning to Grand Rapids in May

On Thursday, the City of Grand Rapids (in partnership with Priority Health and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.) announced the scheduled lineup of classes for the 2023 free summer outdoor fitness series. According to David Marquardt, the Director of the Grand Rapids Department of Parks and Recreation:

"The free outdoor fitness series has become a community favorite. Thanks to our partners, this series continues to grow. We're excited for another summer creating connections and getting active in our parks and public spaces."

These classes are free and open to all residents.

The schedule provided by the City in Thursday's press release can be found below:

Yoga @ Mulick Park May 15 - August 28 Monday 6:00pm - 6:45pm
SoulfulMOTION @ Garfield Park May 15 - August 28 Monday 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Zumba @ Rosa Parks Circle May 15 - August 14 Monday 6:30pm - 7:15pm
30 Minute HIIT @ Lookout Park May 16 - August 29 Tuesday 6:15pm - 6:45pm
Sunset Yoga @ Lookout Park May 16 - August 29 Tuesday 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Barre @ the Blue Bridge May 16 - August 15 Tuesday 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Glute Camp @ 555 Monroe May 16 - August 15 Tuesday 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Sunrise Yoga @ Indian Trails Golf Course May 17 - August 30 Wednesday 6:30am - 7:15am
HIGH Low Fitness @ Cherry Park May 17 - August 30 Wednesday 5:30pm - 6:15pm
WERQ @ Richmond Park (pool deck) May 17 - August 30 Wednesday 7:15pm - 8:00pm
Ballroom Dancing @ the Blue Bridge May 17 - August 16 Wednesday 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Line Dancing @ Briggs Park (pool deck) May 18 - August 31 Thursday 7:15pm - 8:00pm
Sunset Yoga @ MLK Park (pool deck) May 18 - August 31 Thursday 7:15pm - 8:00pm
Yoga @ Sixth St. Park May 18 - August 17 Thursday 12:00pm - 12:45pm
POUND @ the Blue Bridge May 18 - August 17 Thursday 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Zumba @ Roosevelt Park May 19 - September 1 Friday 6:15pm - 7:00pm

Classes will not be held on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29) or Independence Day (Tuesday, July 4). They are also subject to cancellation based on weather. Residents can get updates about class cancellations by visiting the GR Parks and Recreation's official Facebook page or by calling (616) 456-3699.


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