East Grand Rapids is one of the oldest settled suburbs of Kent County. Located along the shore of Reeds Lake, the community was initially settled in the early 1800’s and incorporated into the Village of East Grand Rapids in 1891.
Reeds Lake served as an important meeting center for the community in those early years. By 1870, the area was a popular summertime destination attracting day trip for locals in the area as well as visitors from neighboring States. The area has a rich and colorful history and in those early years, the Ramona theatre served as center stage for many popular vaudeville acts and burlesque shows. Entertainers from across the nation also made appearances at the theatre which could seat up to 1700 people until it was closed in 1949.
East Grand Rapids most famous resident was the former President, Gerald Ford. His childhood home remains a popular tourist destination. Reeds Lake remains an important nerve center for the community. The beautifully landscaped walking and running trails along the lake are a great place to exercise and enjoy fresh air. A park and library also provide additional avenues for refreshment and leisure.
From the popular dining spot, Roses’ Restaurant you can enjoy a view of boats sailing on the lake or observe the antics of ducks and birds while enjoying a bite to eat. Gaslight Village features some of the most interesting and eclectic shopping and dining available in the West Michigan community. This ambitious commercial project by a commercial developer, Jade Pig includes condominiums and retail/office space. The city undertook a major reconstruction of the historic Wealthy Street area which included new lighting and decorative design features.
East Grand Rapids is a thriving community which attracts people from a diverse array of backgrounds. The area around the Lake is home to many beautiful homes. East Grand Rapids high school has won over 110 State Championships in various sports and activities. The community is centrally located and close to area hospitals, shopping and a fairly short commute to downtown Grand Rapids and to East Town, a growing artistic and dining hot spot.