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Coming Soon In Creston

What a lot of great things happening in Creston this spring and early summer.  Read on important information, ways to connect and opportunities to raise your voice: 


Marijuana provisioning center meeting: TONIGHT

TONIGHT, Thursday May 16, 6:30pm 
Creston Neighborhood Association 
Community Room
205 Carrier St NE, GR, MI 49505

The City of Grand Rapids accepted applications for medical marijuana facilities on March 4. As part of their application, medical marijuana business owners must write a Good Neighbor Plan and present it to the community.  

The Creston Neighborhood Association is holding a Land Use Committee Meeting and inviting the public to attend. During this meeting, Green Skies - Healing Tree, LLC will present their plan and answer any questions the community may have. Green Skies was chosen to present first to the Grand Rapids Planning Commission next Thursday, May 23th.  

They are intersted in 3 properties, 1234 Plainfield NE, 3423 & 3425 Planfield Ave NE.  

Join your neighbors on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30pm at 205 Carrier St NE, 49505 (Community Room), to learn and share your perspective.  

Contact CNA staff members Megan Kruis ( or Kymie Spring ( 616-454-7900 with any questions


THANK YOU, neighbors and friends for a wonderful Art Bash for Creston presented by Lake Michigan Credit Union on May 2.

Neighborhood creatives, business people, civic leaders, activists and residents all came together to raise meaningful dollars for our work of building a diverse community where all neighbors may thrive.  In more than a decade of the event, 2019 was our most successful.  Thank you! 

Special thanks to all of our sponsors:
Lake Michigan Credit Union
Kent County Credit Union
Urban Massage
Golden Age
Dwell Grand Rapids
Storr Printing Services
Creston Brewery
Frosty Boy
Kingma's Market
Sloth's Revenge
Constructors Inc
Creston Market
Grand Rapids Public Schools
My Personal Credit Union
Sun Title
Wendy Falb for Second Ward City Commissioner
Dave Bulkowski for County Commission
Carol Hennessy for County Commission 
Stephen Wooden for County Commission
Committee to Elect Milinda Ysasi
Star Collision

Thank you to our silent auction donors:
Art Goodies
Bradley Salon
Cara Blamer Printmaking
Design Design
Embody Pilates
Flip Dog Yoga
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
Golden Age
Gramercy Products
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Grand Rapids Escape Room
Grand Rapids Fire Department
Grand Rapids Police Department
John Ball Zoo
Kay Pharmacy
Krist Stott
Lions & Rabbits
Long Road Distillery 
My Personal Credit Union
New City Neighbors
New Design Floral
Porteen Gear
Renee Therrialt
Rivertown Woodcraft
Switchback Gear Exchange
Target Axe Throwing
The Great Escape Room
The Studio of Steve Uren
Urban Massage
Yeshi Buna Coffee 
Zeal Areal Fitness

Creston Community Garden


Did you know we have a community garden behind our building?  The Creston Community Garden provides gardening opportunities for Creston neighbors, for the Catherine's Health Center's Wise Women program and for Artists Creating Together.

Volunteers will be able to take a strawberry plant home, and we'll have additional strawberry plants for sale for $5 each as long as supplies last.  

JOIN US for a Community Garden Clean-Up Day
THIS Saturday, May 18 at 11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm
205 Carrier St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Are you interested in having a plot in the community garden?  Contact Megan Kruis at for more information.  

Perennial Exchange

Thursday, May 30 at 6:00pm-7:00pm
Aberdeen Park 
2230 Eastern Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Bring your extra native plants or perennials to share with neighbors.  Please no invasive plants!  If you have no plants to bring, come anyway to fill up your garden.

We will be at the park until plants are gone; the exchange usually lasts an hour.  Any questions?  Call CNA, 454-7900 or contact Megan Kruis,
Stay up to date on event info at Facebook.

Block Party Info + Fire Station Visit

Wednesday, May 29, 5:30-8:00pm
Grand Rapids Fire Station #9
2251 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

This will be an opportunity to bring kids and/or come to get BLOCK PARTY information, especially for those who have already said they want a BLOCK PARTY. We have handed out a lot of BLOCK PARTY kits and have knocked on over 450 doors this spring to share this opportunity with neighbors. VERY EXCITING!  

The goal of BLOCK PARTIES is 3-fold:
  • Have fun
  • Meet neighbors and establish some lines of communication in the event of a serious situation
  • Recruit neighbors who are willing and able to become BLOCK CONNECTORS and keep neighbors informed of important issues and events. We have replaced Block Captains and Neighborhood Watch program with BLOCK CONNECTORS. 
Our summer block parties are funded in part by the City of Grand Rapids' Neighborhood Match Fund, and the public safety work of the Creston Neighborhood Association is funded in part by Community Development Block Grants through the City of Grand Rapids.  

Have you heard about Creston After Dark?

Saturday, July 13, 4pm-11pm
On Plainfield Ave NE from Leonard St-Grove St.

Creston After Dark is a street party, and it's an opportunity to activate and beautify our neighborhood. 

Before the big event, everyone in our community is invited to prepare for Creston After Dark by contributing financially, helping with a beautification clean-up, and neighborhood artists will create 6 new murals on Plainfield.  Proceeds from the event will help maintain a new public trash program on Plainfield.  

To prepare for the big event, we're planning a neighborhood-wide beautification project on June 22.  This neighborhood clean-up will be a great opportunity for a group of friends or families to volunteer together, for school service hours, or for a church group.   
Do you want to help with our neighborhood-wide beautification project? Contact to sign up!

Do not dump yard waste in city parks!

We have recently heard reports of residents dumping yard waste in our city parks.  

Please be aware that our city parks are not a refuse disposal site.  It is illegal to dump residential yard waste in them. If you live near one of our parks, you may have already witnessed this.  If you notice anyone dumping yard waste in one of our neighborhood parks during the week, you can call 311 to report it.  If it is in the evening or weekend, please call the GRPD non-emergency number at 456-3400.   

Please help the parks personnel to keep our parks looking their best so we all can enjoy their natural beauty.


Land Use Committee at 205 Carrier St. NE in Community Room, TONIGHT, THURSDAY MAY 16 at 6:30pm

Community Garden Clean-Up Day at 205 Carrier St. NE, behind the building, THIS SATURDAY, MAY 18 at 11am-2pm AND 3pm-6pm. 

CNA 40th Anniversary & History Committee Meeting at 205 Carrier St. NE in Community Room, Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30pm

May Board of Directors Meeting at 205 Carrier St. NE in Community Room, Thursday, May 23 at 6:30pm

Perennial Exchange at Aberdeen Park: Thursday, May 30, 6-7pm

Land Use Committee at 205 Carrier St. NE in Community Room, Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30pm

Living Green in Creston Committee at 205 Carrier St. NE in Community Room, Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30pm

Neighborhood-wide Beautification Day meeting location TBASaturday, June 22, 9am

Meet City Manager Mark Washington + June Board of Directors Meeting  at 205 Carrier St. NE in Community Room, Thursday, June 27 at 6:00pm

Creston After Dark July 13, 4:00-11:00pm

Night Out in Creston at Briggs Park: Tuesday, August 6

Creston Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting for Community Engagement Thursday, October 24 at 6:30pm

Find up-to-date information on all CNA events at our Facebook page:
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