Belknap Park host Pickleball! Free lessons Saturdays at 9am

Grand Rapids now has a place to play Pickleball.  There are newly installed Pickleball courts at Belknap Park.  If you are interested in playing, you may contact John at 269.207.0875 or go to their website at

Free lessons are held every Saturday at 9am and games are played on Wednesdays.

NOBL Board Meeting for Feb. 11 is cancelled

posted Feb 4, 2014, 9:40 AM by NOBL GR

Please be advised that our monthly board meeting for February has been cancelled.  We will meet again March 11, 6pm @ the Belknap Commons, 751 Lafayette NE. 

If you have any questions, or wish to place an item on our March's agenda, please call 454-8413 or email at

Give Your Input on New Grand Rapids Police Chief

posted Jan 30, 2014, 8:05 AM by NOBL GR

An on-line survey is available to help create the Police Chief Candidate Profile at

Community meetings are scheduled in all 3 Wards of the City
  • Feb 18, 2014 Union High School, 1800 Tremont Blvd. NW-6:00pm
  • Feb 19, 2014 City High School, 1720 Plainfield NE- 6:00pm
  • Feb 20, 2014 Ford Middle School, 851 Madison SE-6:00pm

In March recruitment will begin and applications due by April 28, 2014.  May-June, review and selection of Finalists with a selection date scheduled for July. 

Please complete on-line survey by March 7, 2014.

If you need a hard copy of survey, please contact the NOBL Office @ 454-8413

Public Hearing Notice-Planning Commission

posted Jan 30, 2014, 7:57 AM by NOBL GR

The City of Grand Rapids Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a Zone Change recommendation to the City Commission.

Hearing Date:   Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:40pm
Hearing Location:   1120 Monroe Ave NW 2nd Floor

Address of proposed change 601-643 Clancy NE and 216 Fairbanks NE

The request is to rezone the subject properties from TN-LDR to Special District-Planned Redevelopment District to facilitate the development of 66 dwelling units in four buildings. 

For more information, or to submit a comment, please call 456-3159 or 456-4546 (fax)

Free Breakfast and Anti-Violence Program

posted Jan 29, 2014, 11:27 AM by NOBL GR

Our friends at Coit Community Church, 600 Lafayette NE is holding a free pancake breakfast followed by a program titled "Bridging the Gap Between Violence and Reconciliation: Helping Our Children Stay Out of the Madness" form 8:30-11:30am on Saturday, February 8.
Carolyn Priester, founder of the Conquerors Support group, and filmmaker David Schock will speak in the church sanctuary. Breakfast will be provided by volunteers from Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church.
Preister's son, Lee was murdered in 2007. Schock has made several films, including documentaries about cold-case murder investigations. They will reflect on their experiences and offer families suggestions on how to help young people avoid senseless violence.
For more information, call Pastor Chris Meehan @ 616.460.0551

Volunteers Needed for Snow Shoveling!

posted Jan 28, 2014, 7:56 AM by NOBL GR

Hello Belknap Neighbors, 

It sure has been a snowy winter and our walks need to be shoveled.  Unfortunately, not all neighbors have the ability to get out there and do it.  We are in need of volunteers to assist our neighbors in need.  If you can assist us, please contact us today.

Please Shovel Your Sidewalks

posted Jan 21, 2014, 7:31 AM by NOBL GR

Many kids and adult walk to school or work each day in our neighborhood.  Please be a good neighbor and make sure you sidewalk is shoveled.   If you need assistance or need to borrow a shove, please contact us. We can help or find a volunteer to help out. The City may cite those properties that are not shoveled.  For more information about the City's ordinance on shoveling, visit their website at

Tax Season is About to Begin

posted Jan 14, 2014, 11:52 AM by NOBL GR

If you are in need of free tax help, the New Development Corporation may be able to assist you.  Call 913-4414 or go to their link at

Last year, 474 households gathered $620,000 in returns and credits.  That's real money that comes back to our neighborhood.

Refuse and Recyle Carts

posted Jan 13, 2014, 9:45 AM by NOBL GR

Attention Belknap Neighbors:  Please do not store refuse or recycle carts on the street or parkway in front of your house.  Please put them out by 7am on "trash day" then return them to your side or backyard after it's been picked up by your refuse service.  We have several carts that are in the street and/or stored in parkways.  They are taking up parking spaces and causing our streetscape to look cluttered.

This week, NOBL is contacting neighbors to remind them bring the carts back from the street or parkways. 

Thanks for your cooperation and helping to make your neighborhood a safer and better place to live.

Parking and Snow Plowing Problems?

posted Jan 9, 2014, 7:08 AM by NOBL GR

If you are getting stuck in the snow while trying to park on the correct side of street for the Odd/Even Parking rules, please call the City at 456-3232 and ask for a truck to plow your street. The City has been ticketing cars today that are not parked accordingly.  For more information on the Odd/Even ordinance, please visit the City's website at or give us a call.

Winter Tips

posted Jan 7, 2014, 9:25 AM by NOBL GR

The City's Odd/Even Parking rules are in effect.  Parking is allowed on the odd side of the street on odd days and the even side of the street for even days.  Cars need to move from parking spots once every 48 hours or they may be ticketed. 

Please do not leave pets outside for long periods of time.  Bring them inside at night. 

Try to keep the area around your fire hydrant plowed in case of a fire emergency. 

If you have an abandoned car parked on your street, you may report it to the GRPD's non-emergency number at 456-3400.  You may need to leave a message.  If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact us or Community Officer Neil Gomez at

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