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4th of July Celebration: America the Beautiful | 6/27/2016
The City of Kentwood Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting the annual July 4th Celebration on Monday, July 4, 2016. There are many activities throughout the entire day. The theme this year is “America the Beautiful.” Click HERE for the flyer.
Pancake Breakfast
A pancake, sausage and egg breakfast will take place in the parking lot at Kentwood Community Church (1200 60th St. SE) from 7:00‐11:00 am. Cost is $7 and kids under 3 eat free. Due to morning road closures, enter KCC parking lot by turning on Eastport Dr. off of Kalamazoo (by Celebration Cinema). Turn right onto Ridgebrook. Look for the tent in the east parking lot.
Autocam 5K Race & Fun Walk
The race will start and finish in front of Kentwood Community Church (KCC) on the corner of 60th Street and Ridgebrook. The race begins at 8:30am sharp. Racers will travel West towards Eastern, North on Eastern, turn around at the designated area in front of CVS, head South on Eastern, head East on 60th, end at KCC. Registration is available HERE. Late registration and check in will be in the KCC parking lot. Awards will be given for the race. The fun walk is strictly for fun & fitness.
Kentwood Parade
This year the Parade will begin at 60th St. and Ridgebrook in front of Kentwood Community Church and travel west on 60th Street then north to the 52nd/Eastern Intersection. The parade begins at 9:30 am and will end approximately at 11:30am. We are still looking for groups and families to get involved. If you would like to take part in the parade this year, contact the Recreation Department at 656‐5270.
Evening Celebration
The Carnival & Fireworks will take place at Crestwood Middle School (2674 44th St. SE). Events will start at 6:00 pm and conclude with Fireworks at Dusk. This year we will have a variety of games and rides for the whole family to enjoy. Concessions and Food Trucks will be onsite until 10:00 pm. There will also be a live music stage, and more for your entertainment.
We are also looking for volunteers for all portions of the celebration. For more information, contact the department at 656‐5270.


City of Kentwood Financial Presentation | 6/10/2016
Click HERE to watch our May 19, 2016 presentation about the City of Kentwood's budgeting process and financial position. 

City of Kentwood to Rehabilitate 44th Street from Broadmoor Ave to Patterson Ave. | 6/6/2016
Beginning July 5, 2016, the City of Kentwood, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Hearthside Food Solutions, will rehabilitate 44th Street from Broadmoor Avenue (M-37) to Patterson Avenue. 
The work will include milling out the full 8 inches of asphalt and replacing it with a new concrete surface.  An extended right-turn lane will be added on westbound 44th at Broadmoor Ave. and irrigation will be added to the existing median islands.
The $1,875,471 project received $64,444 in Category A Transportation Economic Development Funds (TEDF) from MDOT thanks, in part, to contributions by Hearthside Food Solutions, and $1,052,744 from the FHWA in Surface Transportation Program funds.  The remaining $758,283 will be paid by the City of Kentwood. 
“I am proud of our team and our community partners who successfully gained the necessary capital which will allow for a major corridor within our community to be greatly improved,” noted Mayor Stephen Kepley.
The project will not require traffic to be detoured.  One lane of traffic, in each direction, will be maintained at all times.  Access to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport will also be maintained.  Kamminga & Roodvoets, a Kentwood based contractor, was awarded the work by MDOT as the low bidder. The project is scheduled to be complete in September of 2016.

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