Eastown is a 70 square block vibrant, walkable neighborhood on the East side of Grand Rapids, MI, with a population of 5257 (2010 census). The residents of Eastown are what make this neighborhood wonderfully unique. They are invested in their community, enjoy walking to local parks and gardens, and are very active in the development and happenings in the community. Click here to view a map of Eastown.
Through the joint efforts of Aquinas College and Eastown residents, the Eastown Community Association was formed in 1973. The Eastown Community Association has been working in this community for 40+ years to ensure that every Eastown resident and business owner is informed about community issues and represented at the city–wide level. The ECA works with City officials, the Grand Rapids Police Department, other nonprofit organizations and area businesses. The Eastown Community Association also works closely with the Eastown Business Association on improvement projects within the business district.
Eastown Community Association’s Mission
Our mission is to foster a safe, diverse, and walkable Eastown neighborhood by creating opportunities for neighbors and friends to engage and connect.
- Inform residents of issues affecting Eastown by distributing newsletters, both paper and electronic.
- Host block captain trainings.
- Empower residents to make important decisions regarding their own block and the larger community.
- Host block training roundtables with sister neighborhoods.
- Train residents in neighborhood watch.
- Connect residents with necessary resources and support services.
- Establish block clubs and encouraging proactive neighboring.
- Promote basic public safety practices to all residents while living in Eastown.
- Eastown Community meetings.
- Conflict resolution between residents.
- Communication between renters and landlords.
- Neighborhood improvement events.
- Dialog between residents and business owners with police, city agencies, local courts, schools, and other community resources.
- Volunteer projects including park, neighborhood and business district clean-ups.
- General upkeep of our neighborhood by working with residents, landlords, and City of Grand Rapids code compliance.
- Relationships between residents through community social events.
- Community gardens throughout Eastown.
- Community forums between residents and potential developers.
- Free home/apartment security surveys to all Eastown residents.
- Beautification and maintenance of our neighborhood by working with residents, landlords, and City of Grand Rapids’ code compliance department.
- Preservation and improvement of the neighborhood and business district.
- Organized 1,674 hours of volunteer work focused on Eastown improvement projects, including park clean-ups, community events, and food distribution.
- Actively worked with 43 block club networks to inform residents of criminal activity and public safety recommendations.
- Worked with homeowners, landlords, tenants and business owners to successfully resolve 47 issues, including noise disturbances, and housing and yard violations.
- Hosted 31 community improvement projects, including neighborhood clean-ups, alley upkeep, and construction of a community garden.
- Hosted 30 community gatherings and events to engage residents, celebrate Eastown, and keep our community vibrant and active.
- Educated 706 residents on personal safety and provided related support services.