About Creston Neighborhood Association
Since the Creston Neighborhood Association became incorporated in 1979, neighbors have continued to rally together to shape their home community by preserving what is good and changing what needs to change. Through the Creston Neighborhood Association, Creston neighbors:
- Kept a Grand Rapids Public Library branch in the heart of Creston –now the VanBelkum library
- Kept a credit union in the neighborhood when the last bank left
- Supported strong neighborhood schools by organizing parents and safe routes to school
- Collaborated with partners to create Catherine’s Health Center
- Pursued the Main Street Model for a strong business district and organized business owners to renew our business district
- Brought many entities together to build bioretention islands on Plainfield–the first of their kind in Grand Rapids
- Led efforts for “Living Green in Creston” by organizing residents to care for playgrounds and natural resources at our public parks, create an urban orchard at Aberdeen Park and facilitate opportunities to care for our environment.
What Do We Do?
We cultivate a neighborhood culture of care for our environment.
We create neighbors.
We organize residents to have a voice land use and development.
We facilitate equitable civic engagement.
Our CNA Staff
Board of Directors:
Nick Dobkowski – President
Ric Maycroft – Vice President
Carol Carr – Treasurer
Megan Kruis – Executive Director
Kymie Spring – Community Organizer
Sue Caps – Executive Assistant
- Neighborhood Data
- Elementary and montessori schools along with Creston MIddle & High School – (https://www.grps.org/city) City High Middle School is ranked in the top 5% of all Michigan schools on combined measures of student achievement and growth over time. It has been ranked among the top high schools in America by U.S. News & World Report for four consecutive years. City is also ranked as the top high school in the county by the Mackinac Center.
- Less than 10 minutes ( 3 miles) from downtown Grand Rapids
- Easy access to freeways US-131, I-196, I-96
- Bike Lanes
- Public transportation
- Briggs Pool
- Riverside Park
- Huff Park
- Aberdeen w/ splashpad
- Local Businesses and neighborhoods
- North Quarter (https://northquartergr.com/)
- Noted as up and coming
- Over 100 active volunteers through CNA
- Thriving neighborhoods and business corredors:
Restaurants, Brewing, Lions and Rabbits, Kingmas, Massage, Yoga, Credit Unions / banks, etc.
- Urban farming – New City Neighbors?
- Churches (Berean, 2nd Congregational, 4th Reformed, Creston CRC, St. Andrews, etc.)