August 2023 Edition

Greetings from the Mayor's Office

If you ever needed a reason to take advantage of the incredible parks and trail systems we have through the City of Walker and West Michigan, our weather in July was it. I hope that we never take for granted the miles and miles of trails through our parks to take a break from the busyness of our daily lives. If hiking and biking are not your thing, please take the time to visit the parks and sit and enjoy the nature around you. Our City Commission and staff continue to place a high priority on our parks and recreation programs and significantly increased that budget allocation this year.

On August 1, we celebrate the annual event known as National Night Out. This event happens on the first Tuesday of every August around our country. The purpose is to bring our communities together to help keep our neighborhoods strong and vibrant. While we have a number of events, large and small, taking place that night, I would encourage us as a community to do this not just once a year but to make it as much of a regular process as possible. The neighborhood gatherings and social time make more of a difference than we sometimes realize and can have so many benefits. If the city or I can help in any way, please let us know.

This past week we hosted the City of Holland leadership team and some of their City Council for what's known as Community Exchange Day. We had visited them earlier in July for the same thing. They have a beautiful city and have many positive things going on for their residents and businesses. Yet, while we know we have two different types of cities, we face the same decisions and challenges that they sometimes do. It is always good to listen to and collaborate with similar cities like that. We can then make our respective communities much stronger for all. After spending the day with them proudly showing off our City and all that makes it special and unique, I continue to be reminded of what a special place we have in Walker. I also am reminded every day what a privilege and honor it has been to lead our community these last five years. I do not make a lot of promises because I want to make sure that I never let any of you down. However, I can promise you that not a day goes by that I do not thank all of you for the opportunity to serve in this role and help make Walker a better place to live, work, and grow.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and as always, thank you for making the choice to call Walker home.

Mayor Gary Carey, Jr.

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Upcoming Events

August 1 | National Night Out

August 10 | Summer Concert ft Kari Holmes

August 30 | Walker Community Blood Drive at Walker Ice and Fitness Center.

Police Department Updates

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Walker PD has seen an uptick in larceny from vehicle incidents as well as another surge of stolen cars. While the tips listed below probably seem like common sense, they are often overlooked or forgotten, leading to easy targets for thieves. While Walker remains a safe community to live, work, and play, we ask all those that frequent the city to remember the following:

  1. ALWAYS lock your vehicle when it is left unattended. While we do occasionally see windows broken, these instances are fairly infrequent & usually occurred when thieves see something of great value or use (car keys) left inside.
  2. If you have a garage, remember to keep the overhead door down & always lock the side door. We are now seeing incidents where folks park in the garage but leave the side door unlocked. Keys are often left in unlocked vehicles inside garages because owners feel simply keeping the overhead door down is enough of a theft deterrent. However, if the side door is left unlocked, thieves walk in and pillage the garage, and if they find the key to your vehicle, simply open the overhead door and back out.
  3. Report suspicious activity as it occurs. This gives officers out on patrol the best chance to catch thieves in the act. All too often we receive reports hours or days later, with almost no leads to follow up on. For example, we recently received a call in the late morning hours from someone who observed thieves going through cars around 2 AM in their neighborhood. Had that person called at 2 AM, there is a good chance officers could have caught the thieves in the act and prevented multiple other larcenies from occurring. Remember, Walker PD is on duty 24/7, 365. We are here to protect and serve. Just dial 911!

Fire Department Updates

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Emergency Home Supplies

Every home should have an emergency supply kit located in an accessible storage area. It's best if you store the items in plastic containers that are easy to grab and carry. Kits should be checked every six months, and expired items should be replaced.

Emergency kits are meant to help you survive not only during an emergency but also during the aftermath. Click the image below for more details on what to include in an emergency kit.

Income Tax Department Updates

Due Dates

Third quarter estimated payments for calendar year 2023 are due October 2, 2023. Forms are available on our website.

Missing Information

Did you receive a request for information related to your 2022 Walker income tax return? If we did not receive the information upon request from the taxpayer, deductions and credits will be disallowed resulting in a lower refund or assessment. If you were expecting a refund, but have received a proposed assessment or reduced refund, there is still time to provide the required information. You must send us proof of the credit/deduction within 30 days of the date you received the notice that we adjusted your return. If you’re not sure what we need, please email us or call (616) 791-6880.

Forgotten Returns

If you have past years of Walker returns that you have forgotten to file, contact the tax department immediately at (616) 791-6880. If you file prior year returns and pay the tax and interest due, you may request a waiver of penalty. If the tax department contacts you first regarding unfiled returns, you will not be eligible for a waiver of penalty. We are electronically matching State of Michigan returns filed from a Walker resident address with Walker returns filed. If you have forgotten to file Walker returns from prior years, now is the time to get that cleared up before the letters go out from this matching program.


If you are not sure if you need to file Walker Income Tax returns, the most common questions are answered on our website. You can also call us at (616) 791-6880.

Walker Ice and Fitness News

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Monday - Friday: 5 am - 9 pm

Weekends: 7 am - 5 pm

The Pro Shop is now stocked with new inventory! Check out the extensive selection of all your favorites from Bauer, Warrior, and CCM. Any time the WIFC is open, our Pro Shop is too!

Parks and Recreation

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Kickball for a Cause

The City of Walker Recreation Department is hosting a one-night Kickball Tournament to support the West Michigan Veterans Assistance Program. This organization pledges to assist homeless and near-homeless Veterans and their family members who have needs that are not being met by currently available services.

“On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.”

Please register your team to help us support this organization! Click here for rules and additional info.

We encourage all participants and spectators to bring an item from the categories below to donate to WMVAP:

  • Hygiene products
  • Household supplies
  • Non-perishable food

Kickball participants and spectators who bring an item to support WMVAP will get a free hot dog or brat and chips!

KDL Walker Branch

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Summer Wonder is in its final stretch! Be sure to turn your reading challenge in by August 12 to get your prize. A selection of our programs is highlighted below. Visit our Events page for more information.

Cirque Amongus

Wednesday, August 2 | 10 a.m.

Cirque Amongus brings a variety of circus skills, comedy and audience participation, guaranteed to amaze and delight all ages. For All Ages.

KDL Lab Experience: Birds of Wonder

Monday August 7 | 1 p.m.

Discover the wonder of birds through hands-on activities and crafting. Learn about our feathered friends and how they are unique to our world. For School Age (5-10).

Cookies with Cops Storytime

Thursday, August 10 | 10:00 a.m.

Storytime will feature an officer from the Walker Police Department as a special guest reader. There will be cookies, cops, badges, and books! For Young Children/School Age.

Literary greats will grace Grand Rapids for the ninth annual Literary Libations Gala Fundraiser hosted by Kent District Library. The event will take place at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, September 19 at JW Marriott, 235 Louis St. NW. A diverse cast of four bestselling authors will take to the stage for a memorable night of dinner, drinks and discussion.

Proceeds from Literary Libations will support KDL programs and services. Tickets are $175 per person. Click here to purchase tickets.

In The Spotlight

Lance Werner, Executive Director of Kent District Library, has been named the 2023 winner of ALA’s Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession. The award, supported by the DiMattia Family, recognizes a librarian who demonstrates leadership in anticipating emerging trends in services, products and technologies that will enhance the library’s position in its community. Additionally, for the second year in a row, Werner has been named on the Grand Rapids 200 list of the 200 most powerful and influential people in West Michigan.