Public Input Sought for Improvements to Reed Street Park

The City of Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation Department is starting the planning process for upcoming improvements to Reed Street Park. Community members are invited to attend a planning meeting on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. at Reed Street Park, located at the corner of Reed Avenue and Portage Street. Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation staff and a landscape architect will be on hand to discuss ideas with community members and answer questions. This is the first of two planning meetings that will be held regarding updates to Reed Street Park. Planning will be completed in 2018 and the park improvement project is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

Motorists Reminded to Provide 5 Feet of Space when Passing Cyclists


With spring weather arriving soon, more residents will be commuting by bicycle or enjoying a ride in the city. Remember that city ordinance requires motorists to provide 5 feet of space when passing a cyclist.

Whatever your mode of transportation, please be safe and courteous and share our streets with all users.


Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Emergencies During 911 Education Month

This April 1st -30th, national public safety organizations will conduct outreach to the community to ensure the public is ready to access help during emergencies during National 9-1-1 Education Month.

The National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA) is the voice of the states on public policy issues impacting 911.  State 911 leaders’ expertise can assist industry associations, public policy makers, the private sector, educators, and emergency communications professionals at all levels of government as they address complex issues surrounding the evolution of emergency communications.  NASNA is committed to collecting and promoting 9-1-1 public education materials at  A variety of resources are available to support both the “9-1-1: The Number to Know” campaign and education themes including:

Call If You Can, Text If You Can’t:  Text-to-9-1-1 service is available in an increasing number of communities around the country.  The service benefits individuals (or persons) who are deaf, hard of hearing or in a situation where they cannot speak and make a voice call.  However, a traditional voice call, if possible, is still the best way to reach emergency services.

Know Your Location: Wireless calls to 9-1-1 provide location information, but 9-1-1 call takers may need more specific information.  Be prepared to provide detailed information on where you are so that help can get to you as quickly as possible. 

Stay Calm and Don’t Hang Up: Until you are instructed to do otherwise, stay on the line so you can provide any necessary information or assistance to the 9-1-1 call taker.  Even if you accidently call 9-1-1, don’t hang up.  Inform the call taker that you dialed accidently and that there is no emergency.

The resources available at help educators, government officials, media representatives, and concerned citizens alike promote ongoing, age appropriate    9-1-1 education that can save lives.

A vision of NASNA is to save lives and improve emergency response by supporting a national 9-1-1 education and awareness effort to ensure the appropriate and responsible use of 9-1-1 resources and embraces contemporary communications opportunities.

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