Downtown cleaned after New Year's party

Downtown cleaned after New Year's party

There are 75 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Jan 1, 2009, titled Downtown cleaned after New Year's party. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

By 10 a.m., city crews had the downtown area surrounding Rosa Parks Circle cleaned up from a night of revelers who celebrated the New Year watching the first-ever ball drop during New Years On The Grand.

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Erik

United States

#21 Jan 1, 2009
Elizabeth wrote:
I was working downtown last night and it was GREAT for business. It's not like this is something that is going to happen every month- it's ONCE a YEAR. If even 5% of the folks we saw last night come back at some other time this year, it will be a GOOD shot in the arm for downtown. Yes, it was busy, noisy and we definitely got a workout cleaning up when it was all done but we are all for having it again. Almost everyone we saw was in festive spirits!
This event was sponsored- the cost to the residents was slim to nothing. Compare that to the overall positive news coverage and the city of Grand Rapids came out ahead.
Did I see people who were disrespectful? You bet! If I ever see those kids who took off with our party hats and accessories they will be *promptly* escorted out and never allowed back. But it wasn't the event that did it. If you want to complain and whine, let's start with the society that has encouraged it. This event was set up safely and was family friendly. The "shooting" that occurred? It was NOT part of the Rosa Parks festivities.
I can't wait to see the improvements for next year.
Sorry man...I must disagree with you. I saw a bunch of kids being wild. I left my bros there because I wanted no part of it. If I had kids, I wouldn't want to bring them to a place where there's a thousand ill-manned adults and a ton of alcohol...naw...I'd celebrate with them at home,'cause family counts more than an excuse to get drunk. You must have been in the "tame" part of the "festivities"...most of it was wild and obnoxious.
Janice

United States

#22 Jan 1, 2009
It was too out of control for me. I don't think this was a good idea. What's the cost of someone getting hurt? I think the city needs to promote more positive things (that don't center around alcohol).

I don't view thinking responsibly the same as "complaining and whining". There are right ways and wrong ways to do things, promoting a function that 99% of the people use as an excuse to get s**t-faced drunk is not something I want my GR to be known for.

I'm sure if everyone that was drunk last night there collected all their operable brain cells together they could come up with a function that earned far more money for GR than this, and was (hold on to something for this part) SAFE and ALCOHOL FREE!
Bulldogs Fan

Grand Rapids, MI

#23 Jan 1, 2009
Erik wrote:
<quoted text>
Sorry man...I must disagree with you. I saw a bunch of kids being wild. I left my bros there because I wanted no part of it. If I had kids, I wouldn't want to bring them to a place where there's a thousand ill-manned adults and a ton of alcohol...naw...I'd celebrate with them at home,'cause family counts more than an excuse to get drunk. You must have been in the "tame" part of the "festivities"...most of it was wild and obnoxious.
I strongly agree with you, great point you made here.

“Pleasantly Deranged”

Since: Apr 08

West Michigan

#24 Jan 1, 2009
Different strokes...(burp)....for different folks.
Matt

Oscoda, MI

#25 Jan 1, 2009
Wow with everyone whining and complaining, its no wonder why Grand Rapids is considered a minor league town. Why dont you just enjoy your New Years, playing cards with your annoying neighbors, and heading off to bed by 10:00pm. And as for the hipster 20 somethings. I hate to break it to you but they are the ones who actually spend money. Its probably why you see more commericals and television shows geared towards them as apposed to..Oh I dont know Matlock. I mean really, does anyone really wonder why most students who do attend college here, leave the area. Suck it up and quit complaning. But ofcourse, I dont really expect any responses. It is after 6:30pm so I expect most people that were writing on here have already eaten dinner, and is ready for bed. Grand Rapdids...Nothing but a Cowtown!
CoopersvilleClow n

United States

#26 Jan 1, 2009
I believe I was standing in that relative area..but I was drinking whiskey and blackberry brandy
Pete Caroll for 2012

Grand Rapids, MI

#28 Jan 1, 2009
Lets talk about USC smashing what you people call "Big Ten Country". GO TROJANS!!
positivelyGR

Brighton, CO

#29 Jan 1, 2009
I am sure 2009's celebration will be better. I would line up Allied Waste as the clean up sponsor or some type of recycling effort. New York City had over 40 tons of trash picked up by 8 am with the help of a 163 workers- of course they have had a lot of practice. When it is 16 degrees out a little alcohol helps- being a drunken idiot does not. Twenty somethings puking their guts out is not a Grand Rapids New Years Eve problem- it is more of an US societal issue. WOOD TV's reporting of the clean up should win the Edward R Murrow award for broadcast journalism- that is if they had a category for "drive by" journalism. Hang in there- It is great to see people try different things to see what works and what doesn't.
Chester

Genoa City, WI

#30 Jan 1, 2009
OMG, stray bullett was either from the residential area's outside the immediate area or the StatePolice shooting down that criminal by the strip club!
Thom wrote:
"...Police are investigating an incident where a stray bullet struck a person in the chest just after midnight. Authorities believe the bullet was shot into the air to celebrate the New Year. It came down and hit a person in the chest, but caused only minor injuries..."
Alcohol + Shooting = Do it again next year? Allow someone else to get shot? Sounds like a shooting doesn't count if it's a "stray bullet"? Ummm yeah...tell that to the person that got shot by the "stray bullet". Or is this event going to continue until someone dies from a stray bullet?
johnny sling

Amelia Court House, VA

#31 Jan 1, 2009
Matt wrote:
Wow with everyone whining and complaining, its no wonder why Grand Rapids is considered a minor league town. Why dont you just enjoy your New Years, playing cards with your annoying neighbors, and heading off to bed by 10:00pm. And as for the hipster 20 somethings. I hate to break it to you but they are the ones who actually spend money. Its probably why you see more commericals and television shows geared towards them as apposed to..Oh I dont know Matlock. I mean really, does anyone really wonder why most students who do attend college here, leave the area. Suck it up and quit complaning. But ofcourse, I dont really expect any responses. It is after 6:30pm so I expect most people that were writing on here have already eaten dinner, and is ready for bed. Grand Rapdids...Nothing but a Cowtown!
Ok, Matty, I am responding to you and it is after 6:30pm. At age 38, my wrinkled, decrepit fingers can barely type this diatribe against you. You sound like an apologist for drunken idiocy. I think I saw you last night, falling down drunk in front of Mojos. I hope you didn't damage your Blackberry.
No, wait a minute, you were the guy in the Aeropostale shirt vomiting by the tree at the Courtyard by Marriott.

And as for that money you hipster 20 somethings spend, thank mommy and daddy for giving it to you, because you probably aren't earning it yourself.

Well, it's now 7pm. I'm gonna have my nightly glass of Metamucil before turning in.
Not perfect

Deerfield, IL

#32 Jan 1, 2009
ANYONE down there was probably part of the trash problem. Same with "FESTIVAL". Things get trashed..so? Maybe next year, everyone who is kevtching should bring a trash bag and a broom and dustpan. Or stay HOME.

New York has been dealing with this for years. Just be happy and enjoy the fun and the opportunity to have such a great New Year's Eve party in our city!
Doug

Grand Rapids, MI

#33 Jan 1, 2009
I get the feeling that a lot of you who are posting on here about how "horrible" the event was werent even at the event. I was there from start to finish and it was incredible. If you were there you would know that it was an alcohol free event and not an event to promote drinking in any way shape or form. The people who were drunk didnt get wasted on premise and the few bottles you saw on tv were way outnumbered by the number of coffee and cocoa cups that were SOLD from the local businesses.

With regards to people coming into the Amway, I bet your boss is fine with the trade off of a sold out hotel and restaurant for dealing with a few minor incidents.

There was great security, both private and public, around the Rosa Parks Circle and the drunks on the outskirts were no different then what you normally find after a concert at Van Andel or a Friday night as people leave the BOB. Most people and families had fun and yes it was packed and just like anything there are ALWAYS going to be some issues, is that a reason to not do it at all? If thats the case then don't go out ever...to a bar, the mall or even church because you will always find something to take issue with.

I for one am looking forward to next year...give it a shot and maybe you will change your mind.
Lori

Dorr, MI

#34 Jan 1, 2009
Thom wrote:
"...Police are investigating an incident where a stray bullet struck a person in the chest just after midnight. Authorities believe the bullet was shot into the air to celebrate the New Year. It came down and hit a person in the chest, but caused only minor injuries..."
Alcohol + Shooting = Do it again next year? Allow someone else to get shot? Sounds like a shooting doesn't count if it's a "stray bullet"? Ummm yeah...tell that to the person that got shot by the "stray bullet". Or is this event going to continue until someone dies from a stray bullet?
You don't punish the other thousands of do gooders just having a good time by not having another event just because a few idiots decide they want to be a$$e$. I went with my daughter and had a good time and we will go again in the years to come. I hope they have better variety of music next year.

Since: Jul 08

United States

#35 Jan 1, 2009
I was there and thought it wasn't too bad. I enjoyed my busride to and from my car. Good call on the shuttle servie GR and Rapid. I couldn't believe how many kids were down there though. Not yound adults, but unsupervised CHILDREN. That was ridiculous. Maybe next year line up some acts that will draw adults down there. If I hear "Hey Delilah" one more time, I will jump off the top of the hospital. Over all I thought it was neat, but I also left by 8:30. So I didn't see too many drunken crazy people.

Since: Jul 08

United States

#36 Jan 1, 2009
Oh yeah, I am one of those young hipsters, but I was apparently raised correctly and know how to conduct myself in public. I have learned that New Years Day is much more enjoyable without a headache and vomiting. You can only get beat over the head so many times before you realize it will hurt :)

“Trouble here in River City”

Since: Nov 08

West Michigan

#37 Jan 1, 2009
I'd rather see pictures of the ball dropping than trash on the ground.
Thom

United States

#38 Jan 1, 2009
Lori wrote:
<quoted text>You don't punish the other thousands of do gooders just having a good time by not having another event just because a few idiots decide they want to be **** e$. I went with my daughter and had a good time and we will go again in the years to come. I hope they have better variety of music next year.
That's great for you, Lori!:-) I personally would not take my children down there and put them even in the remotest possibility of danger.
Watch out for danger

Holland, MI

#39 Jan 1, 2009
Thom wrote:
<quoted text>
That's great for you, Lori!:-) I personally would not take my children down there and put them even in the remotest possibility of danger.
So do you not let your kids get in the car, or walk down the road, or leave the house (oh no wait, people still get hurt in the house)? Danger is everywhere, I am glad GR is trying new things. I hope they can release some figure on how much local business made and then show how much "cleaning" really set this city back.
Ada Mom

East Lansing, MI

#40 Jan 1, 2009
I didn't go but I think it was a great idea! We would like to go down next year with our kids who are 9, 13 and 14. I went to Times Square on NYE when I was 15 and my sister was 16 and we had a ball! Great PR for the city.
Lori

Dorr, MI

#41 Jan 1, 2009
Thom wrote:
<quoted text>
That's great for you, Lori!:-) I personally would not take my children down there and put them even in the remotest possibility of danger.
Of course not, nobody should. My daughter is 18 and we thought it would be fun to attend this New Years Eve event, given the fact that she loves the Plain White T's and I can't shelter her from everything. I had a great time along with others and will go again. It doesn't take an event like New Years on the Grand for the crazies to come out. This could have happened on any other night and usually does. After the ball dropped, we made our way through the crowds to the car and left, so I'm sure we had the pleasure of not seeing the fighting and the puking. All and all, we had a great time and was neat that we were there for the 1st year.

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