Neighborhood

Boundaries are College Avenue, Michigan Street, the Grand River (which runs along Monroe Avenue), and Leonard Street. Located just north of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Belknap Lookout neighborhood is bounded by College Avenue, Michigan Street, the Grand River (which runs along Monroe Avenue), and Leonard Street. Most residents live east of Division, with easy highway access to I-196 at College and US-131 at Leonard, while the formerly industrial western portion of the neighborhood is home to an increased variety of economic activity represented by the Monroe North Business Association as well as large apartment and condo buildings. Michigan Street itself boasts the many health organizations of “Medical Mile”. The area just to the north that is west of Lafayette comprises the city’s first Residential Permit Parking Zone which was recently expanded (click for map). Rapid bus routes 11 (Plainfield) and 15 (East Leonard) run north/south, as does the free Dash North, while the Silver Line, Laker Line, 13 (Michigan/Fuller) and 19 (Michigan Crosstown, now also free) touch the southern edge. The area is served by two public elementary schools, East Leonard Elementary and Coit Creative Arts Academy, which feed into Riverside Middle School and Union High School, where Challenge Scholars can earn free college tuition. There are several parks within the neighborhood as well: Sixth Street Bridge Park, Canal Park, Lookout Park, Belknap Park, Coit Park, and Mary Waters Park. Highland Park is just across College, too!

Medical Mile (Michigan Street)
Medical Mile (Michigan Street)
East Leonard Elementary School
East Leonard Elementary School

Looking for a delicious summer snack? The map below shows the publicly accessible fruit growing in Belknap Lookout that you can eat! Each plant is labeled on this map along with information about when they tend to ripen. Thanks to Calvin College student Hannah Larsen for this digital resource.