Photo credit – Sue Irvine

Looking for parking at the NGS Conference?  There is plenty of parking in the downtown area, including 620 spaces at DeVos Place where the conference is being held.  Right across the street is the Government Center ramp with over 800 spaces.  These two ramps usually fill up pretty quickly, especially on weekdays.  If they are full, try the City Parking Ramp at Ionia and Pearl, only 3 blocks from DeVos Place.  The prices at City operated ramps are reasonable, $12-$15/per day.  Cheaper options are available west of the Grand River, about a 10-15-minute walk to DeVos Place.  If you don’t want to walk, free bus service is available downtown on the DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle) or SilverLine.

You can find available City operated parking real-time with the “GR Park” app for your phone at iStore or GooglePlay.  This app will tell you the closest available parking, how many spaces are left and the price.  Ellis Parking also operates several ramps and lots downtown.  For more information on getting around downtown Grand Rapids visit

– Denise Haviland Fedko