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Community Updates: Friday, June 3

GRPD says goodbye to one of its K-9 officers and welcomes another; DGRI announces its lineup for the 2022 "Relax at Rosa" season; and more
A view of downtown Grand Rapids from a distance

A view of downtown Grand Rapids from a distance /Tiffany Szakal

K9 Atos on his last day

K9 Atos on his last day /Grand Rapids Police Department

GRPD Says Goodbye to One of its K-9 Officers and Welcomes Another

On June 1, the Grand Rapids Police Department announced that one of its police canines, Atos, has retired. According to a press release, K9 Atos has dedicated eight years of service to the GRPD and has used his experience in bomb detection and patrolling to conduct numerous sweeps of local venues ahead of concerts, shows, and even visits from presidential candiates. Sgt. Jeff Dionne, Atos's human partner, and his family will look after him in his retirement. "We are looking forward to having Atos as a family pet and relaxing his training and feeding requirements," Sgt. Dionne stated. "We plan on giving him lots of treats." 

The newest addition to the GRPD K-9 Unit is Rip, an 18-month-old Belgian Malinois. K9 Rip officially "began his watch" with the GRPD on May 29 and has been partnered with Officer Jake Newton. 


Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Announces its Lineup for the 2022 "Relax at Rosa" Season

Relax at Rosa is an annual "free lunchtime entertainment series" hosted by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. It features food trucks, live music, and outdoor entertainment on every Thursday from noon to 1:30pm in Rosa Parks Circle. This year, the Relax at Rosa season will start on June 30 and continue through September 8. The music lineup can be found below:


Also in the News:

  • The Grand Rapids Pride Festival will be held in Calder Plaza (in downtown Grand Rapids) on Saturday, June 18 from 12:00pm to 10:00pm.


  • Public pools and splash pads will open to the public on Friday, June 10 and will stay open until Saturday, August 20.


  • A new kayak/canoe launch, called the EZ Launch, has opened at Riverside Park. 


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