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Reeds Lake Trail Challenge Grant

The East Grand Rapids Community Foundation is still seeking grants to complete a "challenge grant" issued for the completion of the Reeds Lake Trail. The EGR Community Foundation Board agreed to match dollar-for-dollar all donations directed to the trail up to $12,000. To date, almost $9,000 has been received, leaving just over $3,000 unmatched.

So if you've thought of making a donation to the Reeds Lake Trail, now is your chance to have your donation doubled!

As an added incentive, the EGRCF is offering "Reeds Lake Trail Blazer" t-shirts from the walk/run on July 4th for donations of $50 or more. There are a limited number of adult sized t-shirts, especially in the smaller sizes, so make your donation soon.

Waterfront Park Nearing Completion

The park is starting to take shape as we near the completion of the project. The floating boardwalk has been installed and is open to the public for use. Just a reminder the floating boardwalk is for pedestrian traffic only (no bikes, skateboards, inline skates, scooters, etc…) due to the narrow walkway and railings. The floating boardwalk offers great views of Reeds Lake and wonderful fishing opportunities. The far end of the floating boardwalk has benches, fishing pole holders and tackle box stands for your use.

Over the next four weeks two shade shelters and two boardwalk / observation decks will be installed providing additional view of the lake and seating opportunities. If you are interested in purchasing a bench or table set in the park please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 949-1750.

Recyle Old Phone Books & Paper

From: http://www.eastgr.org/

The 2010 phone books are arriving all over town and that means residents are looking for places to get rid of the old ones.  Many years ago, the City has arranged for a recycling dumpster to be temporarily placed on City property, but we now urge residents to support their local schools by using the Paper Gator recycling program!

If you haven't already been using the Paper Gator dumpsters, here's how it works: Paper Gator Recycling of Byron Center places green dumpsters around the area at schools and churches for the community to use for recycling many different kinds of paper.  The dumpsters are emptied regularly, and the non-profit organizations are paid by weight for all the paper collected.

There are currently three Paper Gator dumpsters at East Grand Rapids School Buildings, and the Schools are welcoming your old phone books (and any other recyclable paper you'd