It is our goal to partner with the city and region to create a safer, more exciting river experience for everyone. We want our community to know about and be proud of our River. That’s why we have tried to engage the public in every step of the process. We couldn’t do it without the support, interest, and help of our community.
Public participation has been a key focus in the restoration process. As of May of 2018, we have given 164 presentations and reached 7,000 people about the Grand River restoration project. We also participated in the GRForward process where over 4,400 people participated in a 10-year community plan and investment strategy to transform the Grand River into a distinct asset and support the next generation of growth in Downtown Grand Rapids.
In the summer of 2018, GRWW launched a pilot program called the Grand Rapids Whitewater Summer Science and Leadership Program which gave nine local students a 2-week opportunity to learn about the Grand River and its creatures. The course consisted of hands-on learning and designing thinking challenges.