Monthly e-Newsletter | March 2018 Edition
Hello from the Mayor
Spring is in the air! It’s a wonderful time of the year, and one of the ways the City recognizes spring is our Annual Easter Egg Hunt. This year we will be hosting the 2018 Easter Egg Hunt on March 24 at the Walker Ice & Fitness Center. We look forward to seeing children from ages 2 – 8 participate in the egg hunt. We will also have the Easter Bunny available for pictures. 

Spring is also the beginning of construction season. This year residents can look for significant upgrades at the Walker Community Park – upgraded and additional playground equipment will be installed by late spring, just in time for the Walker Standale Summer Concert Series.  

In addition to the park project, there will be a significant construction project on Leonard between Wilson Ave and Kinney. Leonard will be completely rebuilt; this project will be starting in June and will be completed by September. It will be very challenging to access this area during construction, but the result will be a terrific road that will improve safety and access.

This spring, the city will also be installing sidewalks on the West side of Wilson Ave between Lake Michigan Drive and Leonard. As you may notice there is some sidewalk missing in this area – the city was able to obtain a grant for the design and construction of sidewalks that will fill in the missing sidewalk. 

Kind Regards,
Mark E. Huizenga
Join the City of Walker and the Walker Ice & Fitness Center on Saturday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m. for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt.
Location: Walker Ice and Fitness Center, 4151 Remembrance Rd. NW

Children ages 2-8 can hunt for wrapped candy and prize eggs that can be redeemed for prizes. The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures.
While the event is free, please consider bringing a non-perishable item to donate to Hand2Hand, a non-profit that helps provide food to kids in need right here in Walker.
LakeTunnel was named APWA Project of the Year!
The City was recently informed that our Lake Michigan Drive (M-45) Tunnel project was selected as the American Public Works Association (APWA) project of the year for the state of Michigan! The tunnel and the vision for the Fred Meijer Standale Trail has been a 20 year effort for Walker. We are very proud of the project and the consideration that it is garnering from industry professionals around the state. The tunnel was the final phase for the effort that included a generational effort from grass roots supporters, elected officials, and countless trail and transportation officials across the state. Employees and officials, past and present, invested their hearts into this project and the recognition helps to show just how important Walker is to the region. We are building a sense of place!
If you have not been out to see the tunnel please consider a nice walk or bike ride this spring. The project really creates an inviting public space that will benefit the Standale business district, GVSU students, users of the Rapid bus system and the thousands of residents that live within a mile of this key crossing of Lake Michigan Drive. Thanks for all the community support and congratulations to our residents and businesses on this award!!!! We all played a role in the success. 
NEW Left Turn Arrow
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has approved the installation of a left turn arrow for eastbound Lake Michigan Drive at Kinney Avenue. It will take some time to get the design and funding in place but we are excited that this enhancement will be coming our way in the coming year. We have fielded dozens of requests for this signal so it should be well received. Thanks for your patience!
Income Tax Department: Do you need help?
Walker Income Tax returns for calendar year 2017 and first quarter estimated payments for 2018
are due April 30, 2018. Forms are available on our website at:
The most common questions are answered on our website at:
Quarterly estimated payments can be paid by direct withdrawal from a bank account. Forms can be found by clicking on the link above. Please do not attach your 2018 quarterly estimated vouchers to your 2017 return. Also, check your bank account to make sure the amount you requested to pay has been withdrawn. It usually takes from 3 to 7 business days after the date you requested on the voucher. If you don’t see a withdrawal for the amount you requested, contact us at 616-791-6880. 
Clerk's Office: Updates
The City of Walker welcomes the following NEW businesses to our community:

Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy Inc
West Michigan Granite Inc
Westwood Hills AH PLLC

NOTICE: The U.S. Department of State will be increasing the passport acceptance fee in April. Beginning April 2, the acceptance fee will increase from $25 to $35. Other fees for passport applications will remain the same. Please visit the Clerk's Office during passport office hours to apply or renew your passport. Visit our website for more information on the passport application process and to view our passport office hours.
Fire Department: Outdoor Warning Sirens
The City of Walker has eight outdoor warning sirens located throughout the City. The sirens are tested on the first Friday of each month from April through October. During the spring and summer months these sirens are used to alert the residents in Walker that may be outdoors of the potential for severe weather (tornados, high winds) that may be eminent within Kent County and the City of Walker. Currently, the Kent County Sherriff’s Department Dispatch sets off the sirens when they receive information from the National Weather Service. If the possibility of a High Wind Warning (Over 70 MPH), or a Tornado Warning is issued, the sirens will be activated. The sirens, once activated, will sound for three minutes and be followed every 10 to 15 minutes until the warnings are canceled. If you are outside during this activation, please go inside and turn on your radio, television, computer or smart phone for more weather information.
The first siren test for this year will take place on Friday, April 6 at 12:00 noon.  The sirens will sound for three minutes. 
Walker Police Department: Department News
Officer Ringling is back to work after a nearly yearlong Air Force deployment in the Middle East.
The department is currently in the process of hiring two more officers. 
There was an incident at Standale Meijer that was widely speculated on social media to involve human trafficking. That is UNTRUE, the incident is a prescription fraud case.

Click the green button below to follow us on Facebook for upcoming events, department news and safety tips.
March 13: Coffee with a Cop
Have you ever wanted to ask the Chief of Police a question, but never had the chance? Well, here is your opportunity!
Walker Police Chief Greg Long, as well as Community Resource Officer Mitch Harkema will be at the Alpine Ave. Biggby from 9-10:30 a.m. on March 13 to answer any of your police related questions.

This event is for any citizen of Walker, but specifically for those living near Alpine Avenue. We look forward to connecting with our community at this event, and if it is well received, will be doing more open forums for other areas of the city as well!
The Friends of the Fred Meijer Standale Trail

The Friends of the Fred Meijer Standale Trail meeting will be held March 28, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Walker Ice & Fitness Center, Meeting Room A, 4151 Remembrance Road, NW, Walker
Agenda items include: updates on proposed trail expansion, spring clean-up, potential community trail events, and revision of the mission statement. 
Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this informative meeting as we continue supporting, maintaining, and advocating for our trail and those of surrounding areas.
Are you looking for a fun way to get involved with the Walker Community? Become an event sponsor for 2018 City of Walker events! Click the green button below for more information on sponsorships or call (616) 791-6893.

Spring Break Fun at Kent District Library
Staying in town for spring break? We can help keep your kids happy, busy and entertained… and we will even sneak in a little education (but they will never know)!
Participants will build a model rocket on their own with guidance from members of The Geek Group. Pre-registration is required, call (616) 784-2007 to register. For grades 3 and up.
Tuesday, April 3, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Comstock Park
Wednesday, April 4, 1:00 p.m., Walker
Thursday, April 5, 1:00 p.m., Plainfield Township
Join the KDL LAB Experience at the Geek Group for a half day Engineering Challenge. For grades 3 and up. Participants need to be accompanied by an adult. Collaborate on a team as you work together to solve a challenge. You will need to build a small bridge that can span a specific length and hold a specific weight using only old pallets and the provided tools and hardware. Members from The Geek Group will be on hand to give you ideas and troubleshooting advice.
Friday, April 6, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Geek Group, 902 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids
Get your hands on a virtual welder and try out some construction techniques and other maker projects at West Michigan’s premier training center. Try these unique maker projects at GRCC’s Leslie E Tassel M-Tech. For grades 4-8.
Wednesday, April 4, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
M-Tech, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
Check out  these programs  also taking place during spring break.
Events at the KDL Walker Branch
KDL Lab Experience: Magna-Tiles Mania
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 5
Drop-in and build. Create cubes, pyramids or other geometric shapes and patterns from two-dimensional or three-dimensional systems. Discover patterns, symmetry, 3D building skills and magnetic principles. For ages 6 and older
Toddler Time
9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Monday, March 12
Monday, March 19
Monday, April 2
Monday, April 9
Nurture your toddler's love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop their language, motor and social skills.
Family Storytime
Mondays 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Monday, March 12
Thursday, March 15
Monday, March 19
Thursday, March 22
Monday, March 26
Thursday, March 29
Monday, April 2
Thursday, April 5
Monday, April 9
Read and sing together. Enjoy stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills and encourage everyone in the family to share their love of reading.
Adult Book Discussion: The storied life of A.J. Fikry .
Tuesday, March 13
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Join us for an informal and lively discussion of The storied life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.
9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Thursday, March 15
Thursday, March 22
Thursday, March 29
Thursday, April 5
Delight and stimulate your baby with songs, a story and playtime. Get to know other families and help your baby develop listening and language skills.

Rhyme Time Music and Movement
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Friday, March 16
Friday, March 23
Friday, March 30
Friday, April 6
Move and groove together with action rhymes, songs, games and hands-on musical activities that will help children develop motor, listening and literacy skills.
Walker Ice & Fitness Center: 20 Years Strong at WIFC
2018 marks the 20th year that Walker Ice and Fitness Center has been serving the fantastic people in Walker and its surrounding areas.
We are thrilled to be able to serve over 2000 members in the Fitness Center. We also are home to more than 300 families who participate in the HAWK Hockey program.
Our Adult Hockey program sees about 50 teams in a year. These teams also participate in the Walker Cup Tournament several times a year.
WIFC is also home to tournaments like the Meijer Games and we are home of the Kenowa Hills Knights hockey.
Our Recreation Department works with more than 800 children in the soccer program, 100+ girls Softball, 60+ teams in Adult Softball, 1000’s of residents for the Easter Egg Hunt, hundreds of people that attend the Memorial Day Parade and the Senior Bowling Tournament. 
Not even mentioning some of the great events we sponsor, like Winterfest and Pumpkin Bash!
WOW, that’s a lot of people! We are proud of what we have accomplished over the past 20 years and we want to thank you for standing with us to make Walker Ice and Fitness Center stand the test of time.
Over the next few months, watch for some fun events to take place. Mark your calendars for July 11, 2018. We will be having a celebration for the community. You will want to come and celebrate with us!
Gym Memberships
Do you know someone who wants to start exercising but needs motivation? Tell your friend to stop by WIFC and sign up for a Free 7-Day Trial*. They can try the classes, machines, saunas, steam rooms, track child care. It’s always more fun to work out with a buddy and it keeps both people motivated and accountable!
After the 7 days they can join for a low monthly fee and NO CONTRACTS! *They must be 18 years of age, local resident and first time visitor.

Walker Ice & Fitness Center is happy to partner with 26 local businesses/organizations by offering discounted gym memberships! We are very proud of these relationships that we have been able to support. Thank you all for participating with us. If you would like more information about our Corporate rates, please feel free to contact Terri or Mary Kay at (616) 735-6286.
New Personal Trainer on Staff
Congratulations to Scott Fletcher for becoming a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sport Medicine (NASM) and First Aid/CPR/AED certified through the American Red Cross. He also studied at the National Personal Training Institute, completing a 500 hour personal trainer course in 2017. Scott has a passion for powerlifting and helping clients hit new fitness goals. Make your appointment with him to begin your fitness journey.
Welcome to WIFC, Scott!
Member Appreciation Day
What a fun day! Monday, March 5, 2018, Walker Ice & Fitness Center celebrated their members with an Appreciation Day! More than 400 check-ins with healthy snacks, massages and fun! Thanks to all the local businesses that participated.
Walker Parks and Recreation: Adult Softball
Softball Leagues offered for Men’s, Women’s and Co-ed teams.
8-week season beginning June 5, 2018
Registration open March 26 through April 7 at Walker Ice and Fitness Center.

Information packets available March 1.

For more information on all Recreation programs and special events please contact the Walker Ice and Fitness center at (616) 735-6286, or visit our Facebook page.
Walker Memorial Day Parade: May 28

The Walker Memorial Day Parade is May 28, 2018 beginning at noon.

The registration deadline to be included in the parade is Monday, May 7.

The Parade will run down Lake Michigan Drive NW between Lincoln Lawn NW and St. Clair NW

All Veterans, bands, floats, companies and organizations are invited to participate!
Entry forms are available at Walker Ice & Fitness Center or online at
Walker Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Events
Quarterly Meetings are held at:
Walker City Hall
4243 Remembrance Rd.
Walker, MI 49534
Held Quarterly the second Tuesday of the month

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Noon ­- 1:30 p.m.
Protecting Your Business, with the Walker Police Dept
If your business would like to host an Walker After Work Event, please let us know!

for updates.
What are you most looking forward to about Spring?
Working in the yard / Spring cleaning
Walker Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Spring Break Vacation