The Eastgate Neighborhood Association [ENA] strives to provide a safe, secure, clean, wholesome, and stable environment for neighbors of all ages. The ENA consists of members who are active, who participate, cooperate, and share concerns and have the common goal of preserving the residential character of the neighborhood.
The Eastgate Neighborhood is located in what was originally Paris Township, which bordered the boundaries of the cities of Grand Rapids and East Grand Rapids. It was rural, and even into the early 1960s there were farms in this area. In the early 1960s
the cities of Grand Rapids and Kentwood annexed the remaining areas of Paris Township, and the Eastgate Neighborhood became a portion of the city Grand Rapids.
After World War II, the community expanded with a variety of homes, churches, and
tree-lined sidewalks. Houses continued to be built and remodeled, giving the neighborhood vast architectural variety, with original farmhouses, “saltboxes,”
mid-century modern houses, and contemporary houses of today.
Over time, entrepreneurs created a vibrant business district in the area including a salon, pizzeria, gas station, pharmacy, and hospital. In 1990, when the hospital initiated plans to construct a heliostop near the corner of Boston and Plymouth, neighbors united and formed the Eastgate Neighborhood Association as a Section 503(c)(4) non-profit corporation.
Businesses have come and gone: the old pharmacy is now Eastgate Market; Andreas Pizza remodeled; and a new retirement facility, Beacon Hill at Eastgate, stands were the hospital once was. However, the Eastgate Neighborhood Association has remained an integral part of the community.
Plymouth Avenue on the west, Hall Street on the north, following the City of Grand Rapids limits to Breton Avenue on the east, and Burton Street on the south.