The Township has many programs to benefit the community.
Garlic Mustard Drop Off
Spongy (formerly Gypsy) Moth Spraying
Memorial Day Program
West Nile Virus
Fourth of July Celebration
Metro Cruise Warm Up
Cascade Heritage Day
Household Hazardous Waste
Yard Waste Pick Up/Clean Up Day
Toys for Tots/Angel Tree
Christmas Tree Recycling
Ride The Rapid
The bus route extends bus service on 28th Street east to the Cascade Rd, around Old 28th Street and heads west down 28th Street to Patterson Ave.
Please click here for more information on schedules, routes, fares, etc.
In addition to the fixed route bus service, any Cascade Township senior 65 and over or persons with disabilities residing within 3/4 mile of the bus route is eligible for GO!Bus services. GO! Bus provides door-to-door transportation services by appointment. A one-time application must be filed prior to making an appointment.
Discounted tickets are available to Cascade residents at the Township office to those who use the GO!Bus.
Please click here for more information on the GO!Bus
Please click here for the GO!Bus service map
Any Cascade Township senior 65 and over or persons with disabilities, living more than 3/4 mile from the bus route, has transportation available through Hope Network. Cascade Township subsidizes this service with Community Development Block Grant and General Fund money.
Hope Network Customer Care Center - 616-243-0876.
Please click here for more information on Hope Network
Bagged Garlic Mustard Drop Off
May 6 to May 31, 2022
A collection dumpster for garlic mustard will be available May 6-31 in the back of the Cascade Township Fire Department (2865 Thornhills Avenue, SE Grand Rapids MI 49546).
Residents are needed to volunteer for a garlic mustard pull at two different Cascade Township locations:
- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Burton Park, 6805 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Meet at the Maintenance building and parking will be available behind the building.
- 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11 at the Cascade Township Cemetery, 7200 30th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. Meet and park back by the maintenance garage but don’t block traffic.
Grab some gloves and join in these community volunteer events.
Soon it Will Be Garlic Mustard Season
Garlic mustard is a highly invasive plant that stays green all year long. It has the odor of garlic when crushed. The young rosette (cluster of leaves) grows close to the ground. The adult plants grow upright with a white, four-petal flower at the end of the stalk.
Prevent Future Spread:
- Out competes or prevents native plants and trees from growing.
- One plant can produce more than 3,000 seed.
- Seeds can remain viable in the soil for ten years or more.
- Monitor your property carefully and frequently for new infestations. (Removing one or two plants before they go to seed is much easier than removing hundreds of plants later.)
- Clean shoes, plant cuffs, and equipment thoroughly after walking or working in an infested area.
Hand removal is best achieved before the plant has gone to seed. When soil is moist, grasp low and firmly on the plant. Tug gently until the main root loosens and the ENTIRE plant pulls out.
Pulled plants should be bagged and placed in regular trash. DO NOT COMPOST!
Spongy Moth Spraying (formerly Gypsy Moth)
May 24, 2022 -
Weather conditions were ideal yesterday for spraying. Due to this, this season’s aerial spongy moth treatments have been completed.
May 19, 2022 -
Aerial spraying in the West Michigan area for the spongy moth is scheduled for Monday, May 23, weather permitting. There will be 2-3 helicopters spraying various areas in West Michigan during that time, so it will be difficult to say exactly which blocks will be sprayed at a given time. The applicators usually start around 7am, and will stop for the day when/if the weather conditions become unsatisfactory (high wind, possible rain, low humidity).
May 18, 2022
- We are starting to see some spongy moth caterpillar feeding in several areas, and all of the caterpillars have left the egg masses (means they’re getting ready to start feeding). We are also seeing substantial leaf development of the red oaks and some in the white oaks as well. Though weather dependent, spraying may take place as early as Thursday, May 19th
, but could be scheduled for Friday, May 20 or Monday, May 23 as well.
The Entomological Society of America has recently changed the official common name of Lymantria Dispar from "gypsy moth" to "spongy moth".
Many Michigan residents have heard of the spongy moth, though they many not know what the insect looks like. Spongy moth is a notorious pest that feeds on the leaves of oaks, aspen and many other species of shade and forest trees.
Spongy Moth Spraying Program Map
Click here for Interactive Map
(Use the Parcel Search option on the right side of the map)
For many years, Cascade Township has participated in a local program to spray for spongy moths caterpillars, and plans are underway to once again spray for these potentially devastating pests. The 2022 spray program actually began last fall, when the township hired a firm to survey the Township for spongy moth egg masses. This process allows us to limit the spray areas to those places most likely to see an infestation (see map to view spray area
). This year, the Township will be spraying 431 acres.
In order to treat the spongy moth, the designated areas will be sprayed with a non-toxic biological agent called Bacillus thuringiensis or “Bt.” Below are some frequently asked questions about spongy moth caterpillars and the treatment program.
What does a spongy moth caterpillar look like?
Spongy moth caterpillars are typically around two inches in length, and can be identified by their distinctive markings. They typically have a yellow head with black markings, followed by prominent blue and red spots along the length of their body. They can be found in over 250 species of trees, though they are especially found where Oak trees are abundant, and they do not spin silk tents, unlike the native and relatively harmless Eastern Tent Caterpillar
How does “Bt” affect the spongy moth caterpillars?
“Bt” is a naturally occurring bacterium common in soils throughout the world. When a spongy moth caterpillar eats leaves sprayed with “Bt” the bacterium produces a protein that reacts with the cells of the digestive tract lining of the spongy moth caterpillar. The “Bt” proteins essentially paralyze the digestive track of the caterpillars, which will then cause them to stop feeding and eventually kill them. The spongy moth caterpillars will typically die en masse two to three days after spraying occurs.
Is “Bt” dangerous to people, pets, wildlife or other beneficial insects?
The primary benefit to the use of “Bt” in controlling the spongy moth population is that it is naturally occurring bacterial disease of insects and is non-toxic and safe for people, pets and wildlife, and some formulations can be used on essentially all food crops. Additionally, unlike most insecticides, “Bt” does not have a broad spectrum of activity, so they do not kill beneficial insects including natural enemies of insects (predators and parasites) as well as beneficial pollinators, such as honeybees.
For 2022, it is anticipated that the spongy moth caterpillar spraying program will take place over the course of a week (or less). We will post the date when it is finalized. The application is done by helicopter, and typically takes one day to complete. Residents who reside within the spray zones will be receiving direct notification of the program through the mail.
Remember, the spongy moth does its damage during the caterpillar stage, which is during mid-May to mid-June. If your trees are being defoliated later in the summer, it's caused by something other than spongy moths.
Residents in spray areas need not remain indoors while spraying is underway and can safely go about their regular daily activities. As "B.t." is released into the air, it will descend upon trees and grounds in a light mist which will be barely discernible. Residents can expect to find dead caterpillar larvae in and around their yards upon completion of the insecticide application.
2022 Homeowner Notification Letter
2022 Recommended Spongy Moth Spray Report
2022 Spray Drift Management Plan
Additional Information on Spongy Moths
Additional Information on Bacillus Thuringiensis
Memorial Day Program
Cascade Township Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 30, 2022
Join us for our annual Memorial Day ceremony as we honor and remember those who have died in service to our country.
This special community event will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 30th outside at Kent District Library – Cascade Township Branch, 2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE.
Event Speaker - Anthony Torres Bio
West Nile Virus
What are the symptoms of West Nile virus?
Most people who get West Nile virus will not have any symptoms – they won’t even know they have it. Some people may get sick 3 to 14 days after a bite from a mosquito carrying the virus. A small number of people who get West Nile virus will get a mild illness with fever, head and body aches, and sometimes a skin rash and swollen glands. There are no known long-term effects from a mild illness.
West Nile virus can cause severe illness known as West Nile encephalitis or meningitis. Symptoms include headache, high fever, stiff neck, disorientation, muscle weakness, coma, and convulsions. A small number of these illnesses have been deadly. But, people do not often get severe West Nile illness. Less than 1% of the people who get West Nile virus will develop a severe illness.
If you think you or any of your family members have any symptoms of West Nile virus you should talk to your doctor. If you have any symptoms like fever, confusion, muscle weakness and severe headaches, you should see your doctor right away.
How can I prevent West Nile virus?
Try to get fewer mosquito bites:
Wear bug spray, lotion or gel with DEET (N, N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) when you go outdoors. Common bug sprays, lotions and gels with DEET include Off, DEET, Cutter, etc. The more DEET in a spray, lotion or gel, the longer it works. Higher levels of DEET do not work better. Sprays, lotions and gels with 10-35% DEET will do a good job for adults. But for children, only use products with 10% or less of DEET.
When using bug sprays, lotions or gels follow these instructions
Always follow the directions on the product label.
Only use on exposed skin. Do not use under clothing.
Do not use on cuts or sores.
Do not use on the eyes and mouth and do not spray on the face. Spray on hands first and then rub hands over your face.
When using on children, put repellent on your hands first and then use your hands to put it on the child. Never use on children’s hands because they often put their hands in their mouths.
After coming inside, wash skin with soap and water or bathe.
When you can, wear clothes that cover the skin like long sleeves, long pants and socks while outdoors. You can also spray your clothing with bug spray since mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing.
Wear light-colored clothing since mosquitoes like dark colors.
Put mosquito netting over infant carriers and strollers when infants are outdoors.
Do not wear strong smelling perfumes or use strong smelling shampoos and hair sprays because mosquitoes like strong smells.
You may want to stay indoors at dawn, dusk and during the early evening. These are the times when mosquitoes are most likely to bite you. Also, try to stay away from activities in areas where there are a lot of mosquitoes.
Make sure that your window and door screens do not have any holes where mosquitoes can get in to the house. If you do not have screens, get them.
Mosquitoes can follow people into buildings or come in on pets so make sure your pets are free of mosquitoes when letting them into the house.
Try to lower the number of mosquito breeding areas around your home:
Keep your lawn and shrubs cut.
Change the water in your bird bath twice a week.
Empty and clean children’s wading pools a couple times a week.
Empty and refill pet water bowls every day.
Cover trash bins to keep them from filling with water.
Get rid of things in your yard that can collect water (like jars, bottles, old tires, etc.).
Clean leaves and sticks out of eaves troughs/rain gutters and check them often.
Store boats and canoes upside down so they do not collect and hold rain water.
Drain or fill any low areas in your yard where water stands for five or more days.
Who do I call regarding dead or dying birds?
Call the Kent County Health Department at (616) 336-3030 if you see any dead or dying birds. Do not touch the birds, or any dead animal with your bare hands. Use gloves or an inside-out plastic bag to pick the animal up to put in the trash. Do not bring any dead birds or other dead animals to the health department.
For more information call (616) 336-3030.
West Nile Virus Prevention Initiative
Mosquito Control Around Your Home
Michigan is blessed with over 50 species of mosquitoes. These can be categorized into two basic groups based on their breeding habits. The first group might be termed spring mosquitoes. Spring mosquitoes produce a single generation of adults each year. Their larvae develop in "spring pools" in low-lying areas that hold water from snowmelt and spring rains.
The other group of mosquitoes, called summer mosquitoes, will produce generation after generation of mosquitoes during the summer as long as there is standing water available.
Reducing mosquito bites still revolves around the use of repellents, loose fitting clothing, tight fitting window screens, and yard sprays with malathion, permethrin or cyfluthrin, and simply staying indoors during peak mosquito times. There are several over the counter products you can purchase at your neighborhood lawn and garden store or hardware store that contain these active ingredients. Bonide Mosquito Beater, Cutter - Bug Free and Ortho Mosquito-B-Gone are just a few.
There are several new products available on the market, though some are quite expensive, that claim to rid yards of mosquitoes. While its true that these mosquito traps do catch mosquitoes, they appear not to catch all species of mosquitoes equally. Mosquito traps currently on the market include: Mosquito Magnet, SkeeterVac and Mosquito Deleto.
Cascade Charter Township is actively installing a mosquito larvacide in public storm drain catch basins within the township. The product being used is supposed to last about 90 days and is designed to kill mosquito larva before they reach their adult form.
The program is a proactive and precautionary measure to deal with the transport of West Nile Virus. In urbanized areas, catch basin sumps serve as a primary breeding ground for mosquitoes. It is the intent of the program to target these areas.
If you live on a private street, the catch basins will not be treated by Cascade Charter Township. However, if you would like your basins treated please have your association or owner contact Sandra Korhorn at (616) 949-1500.
Unlike conventional pesticides, each ALTOSID formulation contains methoprene, an insect growth regulator (IGR) that stops mosquitoes from becoming breeding, biting adults. Methoprene is target-specific, and will not affect fish, waterfowl, mammals or beneficial predatory insects.
State of Michigan
2022 July Fourth Celebration
Cascade Township – July Fourth Celebration
of July Celebration is back on! Join us Monday, July 4th to celebrate our country, our freedom and best of all, our community.
Time to Celebrate
A bike parade will kick off the Cascade Township July 4th Celebration at 10 a.m. Monday, July 4. Decorate anything that moves – bikes, wagons, strollers, scooters and more – and meet us at 8:30 a.m. at Cascade Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, 6655 Cascade Road SE.
Bike parade participants 14 and younger must wear a bike helmet per Cascade Township ordinance.
The famous community parade will immediately follow the bike parade and includes vehicles, floats, fire trucks and a community march. Participants are asked to meet at the parade and march staging area at 8:30 a.m. at Thornapple Covenant Church, 6595 Cascade Road SE.
Portions of the roads along the parade route and all of Old 28th Street will be closed 9:30 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. These sections are Cascade Road from Burton Street to Thornapple River Drive and 28th Street from Cascade to Thornhills.
Games, carnival rides and music by Signal Point Band will begin at 11:30 a.m. Be sure to check out the giant book sale hosted by Friends of the Cascade Library 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be over 20,000 sorted books offered in all categories and at amazing prices worth celebrating, including bag sales and further price reductions beginning at 1 p.m. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Cascade library and additional literacy programs across the KDL system.
Join us at dusk as we celebrate Independence Day with a bang. Watch the fireworks in Ada from any location in downtown Ada or at Legacy Park, 7430 River St. SE.
July 4th Parade Float Contest
Cascade Township will again hold a July 4th parade float contest, challenging residents, neighborhoods, faith groups and businesses to come up with unique and fun floats. Get creative and grab streamers, balloons, flags, crepe paper, ribbons and anything else festive.
This year’s float contest will offer two categories:
- Families and neighborhoods
- Faith groups, businesses and other organizations
Meet us at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 4 at Thornapple Covenant Church, 6595 Cascade Road SE, for judging based on spirit and creativity. No sign-ups are necessary.
Winners in each category will receive a trophy
and get to put the “winner” banner on their float during the parade
. Winners will also receive recognition on the Township’s Facebook page and in its fall newsletter
One float or vehicle per family, organization or neighborhood. Please note candy throwing from floats and vehicles is not allowed. Anything handed out must be done by walkers.
If you plan to set off fireworks for the Fourth of July holiday, please inform your neighbors. Military veterans, young children and pets may be negatively impacted by fireworks. Please be conscious of creating fire hazards for your neighbors and of the Township noise ordinance. Remember: It’s illegal to ignite fireworks on public property.
4th of July Flyer
4th of July Participants Policy
4th of July Non Profit Participation Application
Cascade's Metro Cruise Warm Up -2022
Join us for the Cascade Metro Cruise Warmup
Thursday, August 25, 2022 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Thornapple Centre, 6797 Cascade Rd. (Fowling Warehouse GR parking lot).
Music by The Soul Syndicate, Food Trucks, Face painting and Balloon Sculpting for the kids, Lots of Show Cars
Cascade Heritage Day - 2021
Join us Saturday, Sept 25 for Cascade Heritage Day, a daylong community event for all ages.
The event will include a 5K and Fun Run in the morning, a cornhole tournament, festival rides and activities and food from local restaurants in the afternoon and live music in the evening. Here are the details:
– 9 a.m.
– 9:30 a.m.
Cornhole tournament, festival rides and local food
– noon-4 p.m.
Live music & Beer Tent
– 5-9 p.m. (Cash Only)
All events will take place outside at the Kent District Library Cascade Branch, 2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE. The 5K and Fun Run courses will include Thornbrook Street, Thornhills Avenue and Thornapple River Drive.
The 5K is $25 per person before Aug. 2 and includes a T-shirt, medal, Heritage Day tokens, race photo and post-race fuel. The 1-mile Fun Run is $15 per person before Aug. 2 and includes a T-shirt, medal, race photo and post-race fuel. Age group winners will receive challenge coins. Register by Aug. 2 for early bird pricing. Ten percent of each race entry will go toward Folds of Honor
, a nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to families of service members who have died and who are disabled.
The cornhole tournament will feature competitive, open and school-age divisions. The cost is $20 per team before Aug. 2. All 5K and Fun Run participants get half off the tournament fee. Division winners will receive challenge coins and prizes.
For details and to register for the 5K, Fun Run and cornhole tournament, visit cascadeheritageday.com
Local band Signal Point will perform hits from the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The music is free to enjoy. Please bring chairs.
Event sponsorships are available. Here are the details:
- Founders Club, $1000 – Includes recognition on the event banner, race sign and T-shirt
- Thornapple Harvester, $500 – Includes recognition on the race sign and T-shirt
- Grange Member, $250 – Includes recognition on the Grange membership banner
For more information about event sponsorship, click here
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Household Hazardous Waste - Drop Off Day
A “SafeChem” Collection
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020
Time:9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Cascade Fire Station, 2990 Buttrick Ave SE., Cascade, MI
For: Households/Residents in Kent County
PURPOSE: This is an opportunity to safely remove and dispose of unwanted hazardous materials from your home. It is for households in Kent County only, not businesses.
BRING: oil-based paint & thinner, fertilizers, pool & photo chemicals, bug spray & weed killer, fluorescent tubes & CFL bulbs, cleaning products, fire extinguishers, gasoline, antifreeze, motor oil, mercury thermostat & thermometer, aerosol cans
DO NOT BRING: latex paint, alkaline batteries, medication, needles, fireworks, ammunition, propane, tires, containers larger than 5-gallons, business & non-Kent County wastes
LIMITATIONS: Up to 6 boxes per resident. No containers larger than 5 gallons. COVID Social Distancing and mask protocols in place.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Keep “like” containers together. Do not mix the waste with other materials. Maintain labeling so it can be clearly seen. Any leaking or potentially dangerous chemicals should be placed in a bucket for secondary containment. It is recommended to place all items upright in a lined box and/or a plastic tote. You may transport vehicle fluids (oil, gas, antifreeze) in original/approved containers as fluids can be bulked and containers returned to resident.
MORE INFORMATION: Please call Kent County Department of Public Works for additional information or for directions on large loads (greater than 6 boxes), items larger than a 5-gallon bucket. They can be reached at 616-632-7941 or at email@example.com.
Yard Waste Pick Up/Clean Up Day
Only paper bags will be picked up. Blue tags will not be accepted. If you have blue tags from the past, please take them to the Township office and exchange them for Orange tags.
Mondays, April 4 through May 9, 2022 (Extended two weeks)
Yard Waste Tags are free and available during business hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) in the front vestibule of Cascade Township Hall at 5920 Tahoe SE. Pick up will be every Monday starting April 4 through May 9, 2022 (extended two weeks).
- Please have your yard waste near the curb by SUNDAY at MIDNIGHT.
- Place an Orange tag on each bag of leaves or bundle of branches. (No grass clippings, dirt, sod, cement, sand or rocks please).
- ONLY PAPER BAGS WILL BE PICKED UP WITH ORANGE TAGS. Bags are not to exceed 30 lbs.
- Sticks should be no longer than four feet in length and branches, logs and stumps are not to exceed one inch in diameter.
- Orange tags from last year can be used if you call (949-1500) to add your address to the Spring, 2022 list.
- This service is only available in the restricted burn area.
The yard waste dumpsters will be available behind the Thornhills Fire Station April 22-24. There is no size limit but you must be able to put items in the dumpster yourself. No stumps are allowed.
There will also be a 15 cubic yard container of finished compost. This material is free and offered on a first-come-first-serve basis.
For more information, please call 949-1500.
CASCADE CLEAN-UP DAY
Saturday, May 21, 2022 Ada Bible Church (8899 Cascade Rd SE)
FOR: Cascade Township residents to remove household waste. Commercial waste associated with professional contractors and other businesses is prohibited.
Identification is required to verify your residency within the township of Cascade. The township reserves the right to refuse any object that is deemed to large or difficult to handle.
WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. You must be in line by 12:00 pm to be eligible for drop off.
WHERE: Ada Bible Church parking lot (8899 Cascade Rd SE, Ada, MI 49301)
ONE WAY ENTRY FROM CASCADE RD.
EXIT ON QUIGGLE AVENUE.
Enter via Cascade Rd just east of Quiggle Av.
WHAT: Non-hazardous household waste and office paper for shredding.
NO YARD WASTE. You will need to use leaf pick-up day, your curb side service or other source for yards waste such as leaves, branches and brush.
NO HAZARDOUS MATERIAL : Or concrete, shingles, tires, batteries, liquid waste such as paint, chemicals, oil, etc., ashes, propane tanks, medical waste, fuel tanks, propane tanks, pool chemicals or any other hazardous material.
SERVICES ON SITE:
Republic Services: For general trash and junk, appliances, scrap metal. No yard waste.
Shred-It: For shedding of office paper, personal files and other documents. Up to 100 lbs. of personal sensitive documents.
Valley City Electronic Recycling: For recycling of electronics
Identification is required to verify your residency within the township of Cascade.
For questions: Call Cascade Township (616) 949-1500.
Toys for Tots Program
Toys for Tots
The Cascade Township Fire Department is accepting toys for the Toys for Tots Program. You may drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Cascade Township office, located at 5920 Tahoe Dr. SE from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday beginning Monday, November 8 through Wednesday, December 8, 2021.
Christmas Tree Recycling
Dumpsters will be available behind the Buttrick Fire Station (Buttrick & 30th Street) to deposit your Christmas trees from December 26th to January 17th for recycling. Please remember to remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel & tree stands.
Two Oak Wilt Sites Confirmed at Burton Park
Cascade Burton Park has two confirmed sites of oak wilt, a lethal disease that kills red oaks within six to eight weeks of infection. There’s no cure for oak wilt once a red oak is infected.
Want to help us identify infected red oaks? Here’s what to look for: Red oaks that suddenly drop their leaves in July through September, making it look like fall in the summer.
What can you do to prevent oak wilt?
- Don’t prune or wound oak trees during the growing season, which is April through September.
- Immediately use clear shellac to seal any wounds created during this time.
- Don’t move infected wood.
The main goal is to prevent oak wilt at Cascade Burton Park from killing additional red oak trees in the park and adjacent neighborhoods. In order to achieve this goal, an oak wilt management plan has been created by our state-qualified oak wilt consultant, Julie Stachecki.
The oak wilt management plan includes:
- Trenching to disconnect infected red oak roots from non-symptomatic red oak trees.
- Tree removal and appropriate disposal of infected wood.
- Stump treatment with herbicide.
This plan strives to remove as few trees as possible in the infected zone. There are non-symptomatic red oak trees in the infected zone, so infected trees will be removed to contain the disease. The infected red oaks will be cut down, chipped and removed from the site.
Treatment and trenching have taken place this winter, and removal of the red oak trees in the infected zone at the two sites will take place in November. Watch for updated signage at the two sites.
For more information about oak wilt, visit michiganoakwilt.org
. For questions, leave a message for Cascade Parks Committee Chair Ginny Wanty at 616.949.1500.