2017 National Night Out photos

Thank you to all the friends and neighbors who celebrated with us at Pleasant Park on August 1st. We had a bigger-than-ever turnout and loved seeing so many neighbors and KIDS enjoying the evening in the park. This is the third year having this event in the park and this young park looks absolutely amazing with mature plants and all of the gardening efforts from the Pleasant Park Tenders.

Local restaurants, G.R.P.D. Pizza and Log Cabin Baking Co., were in the park selling food, HHA provided ice cream and popsicles and very generous neighbor Tony Davis was manning the grill and giving away hotdogs to all comers. We’d like to give a BIG thank you to sponsors Martha’s Vineyard, Country Fresh dairy, A Pleasant Dog, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Cornerstone Church, and SpartanNash for their help with this event. We could not have done it without you!

Also big thanks to GRPD, GRFD and city leaders in attendance making this a true community and crime prevention event. Thanks also to board members and neighbors Mark Hutchison, Lisa Baars, Suzanne DeHaan, Todd Hoort, Mary McCarthy-Fuller, Jim Payne, Char Kruzich, Wesley Beck and Erin Shupe. Last but certainly not least, Delia Venema from South Hill who painted face after face, all night long – the kids loved it!

Our next neighborhood social event will be the Holiday Potluck / Annual Meeting on Monday, December 11th. We hope to see you all there!

Land Use Updates – 74 Lafayette NE (McCabe Marlowe House) & 547 Cherry St. SE (Oakwood Manor)

McCabe Marlowe House:  The Planning Commission approved the use of limited outpatient counseling, support services for existing treatment facility with extensive, restrictive conditions. The Minutes (when available) with the specific conditions will be available here:  http://grandrapidscitymi.iqm2.com/Citizens/Board/1007-Planning-Commission

Oakwood Manor: The Board of Zoning Appeals approved the application for the restaurant (west side) and the fitness center (east side), with restrictive conditions. The Minutes (when available) with the specific conditions will be available here: http://grandrapidscitymi.iqm2.com/Citizens/Board/1008-Board-of-Zoning-Appeals

The Heritage Hill Association’s position on each of these land use proposals:

74 Lafayette NE- HHApositionPC


Thanks to our great gardeners for a fine Garden Tour.

The Garden Tour was Saturday, June 17 and dodged most of the raindrops. Thanks to all who hosted, attended, and a special big hug to Kate Diedrich for organizing it all.



FIFTEEN exceptional gardens are being weeded and watered, preened and perfected, preparing them for this year’s garden tour. On an easy walk through the area of the Hill south of Cherry St., you will find gardens both large and small, serene or filled with riotous color, formal or playfully serendipitous.  What they have in common is the dedication and love of a gardener, and the imagination and personality of each shines through in the beautiful havens that they have created.

A few highlights include:

*A contemplative, multi-level garden with a formal koi pond, elegant sculptures and colorful raised perennial beds perfectly compliment a Frank Lloyd Wright home. Around every corner, another lovely, well-planned arrangement of plantings comes into view.

*Behind the garden gates, a small wonder awaits.  This gardener designs a new color palette of annuals every year, accenting his collection of unusual perennials. He has created a living, growing work of art, with borders made of colored wine bottles among the many delightful details.

*With a masterful arrangement of textures and colors, this shade garden is a maze of artfully designed vignettes where hostas reign supreme. Water tumbles down a rock-lined stream, artful accents are tucked in all the right places and a sense of serenity comes over you as you meander down the stone paths.

Glass flower artworks by Craig Mitchell-Smith will be shown at the Amberg House, 505 College SE.

There is also a purple garden with topiary birds, one filled with all the colors of the sun, a garden based on a tea party theme, one carefully designed by Steve Rosselet and another as free as a field of wild flowers.  The variety and creativity is amazing!  What better way to spend a summer’s day?

Tickets with maps to see all 15 gardens are only $8.00 in advance and $10.00 on the day of the tour.

Advanced tickets may be ordered and tour information reached through:

The Heritage Hill Association office, 616-459-8950 or On line:  www.heritagehill.org. All advance tickets will be picked up at the ticket booth (409 Lafayette SE) on the day of Garden Tour. 

On the day of the Garden Tour, tickets are purchased at The Child Development Center 409 Lafayette S.E. at the corner of Wealthy and Lafayette S.E. 

There is ample parking at the school and it is only 1/2 block from the first garden. We hope to see you!