Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit


Summit Marketplace Park Party

In addition to the “traditional” Summit held on May 21st, we are hosting a Summit Marketplace Park Party on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Garfield Park. The Summit Marketplace Park Party will feature community resource tables, local diverse vendors, opportunities to learn about and engage with many City and community initiatives, and lots of entertainment options for the entire family. 

We are excited to create this opportunity to connect community members directly with local goods and services. If you are interested in vending or having a community resource table at the July 16th Summit Marketplace Park Party, please email  

Don’t forget to use the #2022GRSummit hashtag and tag us on Facebook

2022 Summit Marketplace Location 

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Garfield Park

250 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids 49507

  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What is Summit?

Summit is a transformational day-long learning experience centered around Summit’s core values of resident voice and racial equity. Summit brings Grand Rapids residents and stakeholders together to learn, strategize and connect to strengthen neighborhoods and belonging in community, with the overall goal to make Grand Rapids a more equitable place for all to live, work and play. 

Summit features an opening keynote presentation; several workshop options; lunch and lunchtime activities such as a fun photo booth, Zumba, yoga and several thoughtfully curated community resource tables; recognition of Grand Rapids residents for their leadership with Neighborhood Match Fund projects,  Anishinaabe opening and closing drum presentation, and a Community Celebration to end the day with everyone who makes Summit special – attendees, volunteers, and sponsors.

2022 Theme: Building Equitable and Healthy Communities

An equitable community is a healthy community where all people can thrive. Racism, in all its forms, is a threat to the health of all of us. This year’s theme was Building Equitable and Healthy Communities based on the social and political determinates of health, and was inspired in part by the recent resolutions declaring racism as a public health crisis in Grand Rapids and Michigan, and by our community’s desire to undo racism and heal the harm it causes. 

This year’s theme was a call to educate ourselves and take action within our spheres of influence to advance policies, practices and efforts that foster equity, justice and belonging in our neighborhoods, social and family circles, organizations and city. Workshop tracks are based on social determinants of health (SDoH) and political determinants of health (PDoH).

To learn more about the SDoH and PDoH, please reference the #2022GRSummit Workshop Proposal Submission Guide or visit these websites:

    What others are saying about Summit

    • “Very diverse! I am hardly ever in such a diverse setting and wish it happened all the time!”
    • “I liked that it gave me lots of ideas and resources I can use for my family.”
    • “It was awesome…inspirational and informational!”
    • “Kids Summit was a great option because it enabled me to attend.”

    Learn More

    Want to learn more? Watch this video from a previous Summit!

    #2022GRSummit showcased 22 workshops led by more than 50 Grand Rapids residents. Workshops were based on topics connected to this year’s theme, Building Equitable and Healthy Communities, and included subjects such as food sovereignty, climate change, the Latinx experience, and more. Please click here to see a list of downloadable resources provided by workshop presenters. Thank you for supporting Summit’s inclusive and transformational learning experience!



    This transformational event wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our community. Each donation helps us keep registration free for participants, and to create an intentional space for Grand Rapids residents, business owners and stakeholders to learn together and build relationships to strengthen neighborhoods and advance equity in our city.2022 Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit Sponsorship Letter

    2022 Sponsors



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    Grand Valley State University's Division of Inclusion and Equity logo



    Grand Rapids Public School logo



    Frey Foundation logo


    Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. logo


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    Grand Rapids Public Museum logo


    City of Grand Rapids Mobile GR Department logo


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    ADA Compliant

    The Summit locations are completely compliant with the American Disability Act (ADA) and we are partnering with the Disability Advocates of Kent County to pro-actively take steps to make the event even more accessible. In addition, there are numerous disability parking options on campus.

    Breastfeeding Friendly

    This event is a breastfeeding friendly environment. Feed your child wherever and whenever you want. We'll have a private nursing room as well.

    Interpretación/Interpretation (Spanish/English)

    Servicios de interpretación profesional va a estar disponible para las personas que lo soliciten. Tambien habran coluntarios que hablen español e inglés que estaran dispuestos a traducir informalmente. Estos tendran un boton que dice “Soy Bilingüe” en su camiseta.

    We'll provide professional interpretation services. Make sure to request this service when you register. We also ask if registrants are bilingual English and Spanish. If so, we give them a “Soy Bilingüe” button. This lets others know they're willing to help with informal interpretation.

    Join us at the Summit Marketplace Park Park Party at Garfield Park. 

    Garfield Park is easily accessible via the RAPID bus system. There is a bus stop right in front of the park on RAPID Bus Route #1.

    Garfield Park is also a quick 5-minute walk from RAPID’s Silver Line Route, which has a stop at the corner of Burton and Division.

    For more information please visit the RAPID’s system map here: