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.
Marisa Sandahl – Executive Director
Marisa is a Michigan native who first fell in love with Eastown over a decade ago. She has spent her time since planning events for an international alternative transportation nonprofit, designing effective and sustainable strategic plans for local organizations, and engaging concerned citizens on environmental issues for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. She has her Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from Grand Valley State University. When not working on community activities, you can almost always find Marisa reading at one of the coffee shops around town, hanging out at Wilcox Park, or biking the city.
Nicole Winter – Social Media and Events Coordinator
Nicole monitors the ECA’s social media accounts, coordinates events, and writes the weekly e-newsletter. She also facilitates stronger relationships between the ECA and the local businesses. Nicole is a junior at Calvin College, studying strategic communications and English literature. When she moved to East Grand Rapids two and a half years ago, she was immediately impressed by how welcoming the community is. She appreciates that Eastown is simultaneously diverse, energizing, and eclectic. In her free time you can find her playing sports, baking, or curled up with a book. Whenever possible she tries to visit the local cafes and restaurants, and you can often spot her biking around town.