Grand Rapids Designating 35 More City Blocks As Drinking Zones

Last year, the city of Grand Rapids designated several city blocks as “Social Zones” to encourage support to local restaurants and bars during the pandemic. These “social zones” are designated outdoor dining areas in the city where guests can enjoy al fresco dining and drinks. Some of the zones even allow the drinking of approved alcoholic beverages in areas known as “refreshment areas”.

Last week the city approved 4 additional districts, comprising 35 city blocks, to be designated as “social zones”. These new boroughs include Creston, Fourth & Stocking, Michigan Street, and West Leonard. It has not yet been announced whether there will be any additions to the “refreshment areas” within the new wards, but we would be surprised if there were not.

Downtown.org explains the Refreshment Areas as follows: The Outdoor Refreshment Area was established in Downtown Grand Rapids in July 2020 to promote outdoor business and recreation. Open alcoholic beverages up to 16 ounces in a designated container . “

The city of Grand Rapids has also put together a guide for parking downtown in the Social Zones. And if you’re unfamiliar with the whole social zone and refreshment zone, ExperienceGR.com has a great overview of it all.

With the pandemic finally under control, it is great that the city of Grand Rapids is embracing these “social zones” instead of ending the program. So get out there and enjoy some drinks and food downtown!

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