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Coming Soon in Creston:

We're working on a new website! 

Have you noticed that our website is a little old?  We have too.

Communicating well with you is essential to our work, and we’re excited to have one place to share information about real estate development, land use, Living Green in Creston, community events and all the things that are important to you.

A neighborhood donor donated funds for the bulk of the website costs, and volunteers are providing photography and writing. We’re looking for donors to help carry us to the finish line.  The new site will make CNA more accessible, will all information in one place.  

Can you help?  

Donate online or send a check in the mail to:
Creston Neighborhood Association 
205 Carrier St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Help create CNA's new webste with one-time or recurring donation. Click here!

CNA is relaunching its Communications Committee

Want to help create content for its newsletters, blog (coming soon!), and social media accounts?  Anyone with an interest in community journalism is welcome to join!  
Communications Committee
August 21, 2019

CNA Community Room 
205 Carrier St NE
Contact CNA executive director, Megan Kruis for more information! 

Welcome to those of you who signed up for more information about CNA at Creston.After Dark! 

It was great to meet many neighbors and say hello to friendly faces.  Share your feedback with event organizers to help make next year’s event even better.  Thank you all for your care and love of our neighborhood!  Creston.After Dark serves as a fundraiser for trash cans and maintenance throughout our North Quarter business district
Share your feedback about Creston.After Dark!

National Night Out at BRIGGS PARK

Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 6pm - 8pm,
free dinner from 6:15pm – 7:45pm.

We’ve arranged for the pool to be free all day until 7pm.

We need you!  Volunteers to help any of these hours, between 3:30pm and 9pm:
SET-UP                  3:30pm - 6pm
KIDS ACTIVITIES  5:30pm - 8pm
                 5:30pm - 8pm
CRIME PREVENTION         6pm - 8pm
CLEAN UP              8pm - 9pm

Please contact Kymie Spring at 454-7900 x22  or

Creston History Series

Creston Neighborhood National Night Out
Briggs Pool open free!  .  Supper provided  .  Kids' activities  .  Fire Truck  .  Meet our neighborhood Fire Fighters and Police Officers
Learn how Creston neighbors saved Briggs Pool!
Tuesday, August 6
Briggs Park
Creston History Walking Tour 
How did Creston get its name?  What did Creston residents do for work 100 years ago?  What architectural styles are represented in our houses?  
Learn all these things and more!
Guided walking tour, followed by a lunch.   
August 24

Starting location to be confirmed. 

Creston Neighborhood History Exhibit
Do you know significant landmark of Native American history runs along our neighborhood's boundary?  What role did Creston residents play in Grand Rapids' struggle for civil rights?  Are there any famous people from Creston? 
 Photos and artifacts will illustrate the story of our shared history
Date and location to be confirmed--stay tuned! 
Want to help celebrate our neighborhood?  Volunteer and Sponsorship opportunities available. Email Megan Kruis,

Get Out To VOTE: August 6

We live in the 2nd Ward, and on August 6, we get to vote for a new City Commissioner.  Don't know much about the candidates or how they want to serve you and your neighbors?  Wonder what they think about the challenges we face, like housing affordability, gun violence and safe policing, serious income inequality and economic development?  Check out a candidate forum to learn more: 

*July 25 at 5:30pm: Latino Community Coalition Forum at Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
*August 2 at 5:30pm: 2nd Ward Candidate Forum Linc Up
Join us for a free Community Knowledge Share

Healing Plants and Aromatherapy:
An introduction to Essential Oils

We will connect with each other to reflect on the gardening season and
enjoy a class with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
When: Monday, July 29th 5:30-7:00pm
Where: Carrier Street Community Garden (205 Carrier Street NE)
Food is provided! Street Parking is available.
Be aware of allergies or sensitivities as we will have various scents in the room.
RSVP: Trish at 616-336-8800 ext. 207 or
Supported in part by the City of Grand Rapids Neighborhood Match Fund


We’ve seen a number of complaints about packages stolen from porches. 

If you order from Amazon you can opt to have it delivered to a locker. As of this writing, the two locker locations closest to Creston are:  Family Fare at 1415 E. Fulton St. and the Breton Village D & W at 1814 Breton SE.

The way this works is that you should receive a text when your package arrives and a combination number that opens that locker. You can follow the tracking, just like you would for a package being delivered to your home.

Would you like to send a few of your pennies back to Creston?  Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to Creston Neighborhood Association when you sign up through  Every little bit helps CNA!
Sign up for Amazon Smile to send some of your pennies back to the Creston Neighborhood Association!

How could Riverside Park be improved? 

The City of Grand Rapids Department of Parks and Recreation is looking for feedback for improvements to Riverside Park.  They have received a lot of community input, but you can still share your ideas here until Friday, July 19.
Fill out the Riverside Park survey here.

US Rowing Masters National Championship at Riverside Park

The US Rowing Masters National Championship is returning to Grand Rapids:  
August 14-18, 2019 at Riverside Park.

We hope you will come to experience the exciting racing, enjoying the vendors and beer garden, or even volunteering (see positions here:!  

To help everyone prepare for this event we’d like to host a meeting with the Creston neighborhood.  Please come to a brief meeting on Monday, August 5th at 7pm at Boat Launch 1 (Knapp Street).  We will discuss the event schedule, what to expect as a neighbor, and steps we are taking to minimize the impact on your neighborhood. If you are unable to attend and have questions, feel free to reach out to Katy at  

Details about the event are available online at and also at

We look forward to meeting with you and discussing this exciting event!

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