Downtown street and parking closures announced prior to Trump visit

Posted at 8:58 AM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 09:34:22-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Thursday’s rally with President Donald Trump will cause some street and parking lot closures in downtown Grand Rapids.

Trump is holding a rally Thursday night at the Van Andel Arena.  Thousands are expected for the event and for surrounding protests.

The City of Grand Rapids says that streets immediately surrounding the Van Andel Arena will closing at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The closures are expected to last until about 8:30 p.m.  The closures are:

  • Fulton Street – from Ottawa to Ionia
  • Weston Street – west of Ionia
  • Oakes Street – from Ottawa to Ionia
  • Ottawa Avenue – from Fulton to Oakes

Parking area lot #2 on Oakes SW and lot #3 on Ionia SW will be closed to all users beginning midnight Wednesday through midnight Thursday. Cardholders for those lots will have access to the Louis Campau ramp on Monroe Avenue NW and the McConnell Ionia lot on McConnell Street SW during those closures.

Metered parking will also be prohibited downtown on the following:

  • Ottawa Avenue – between Oakes and Fulton
  • Oakes Street – between Grandville and Market
  • Weston Street – between Ottawa and Grandville
  • Weston Street – West of Ionia
  • The parking lot at Fulton Street SW and Ionia

Police from several jurisdictions will be on hand to direct traffic, but heavy traffic and delays should be expected.

The map below does not take into consideration downtown construction closures.