Ada was first established as a fur trading post in 1821 by Rix Robinson and was Kent County's first official settlement. The Township encompasses 37 square miles and is home to more than 13,000 residents and 100 businesses. It features more than 1,000 acres of public land, including four community parks and miles of trails.

In 2015, the Village began seeking to expand retail, residential, and restaurant offerings while showcasing the community’s natural resources and creating a more walkable community. For more information on Ada and an update on the progress of the redevelopment of the Village, please click here.


Events in December 2018 


Tinsel, Treats, and Trolleys -  Friday, November 30, 6 - 9 p.m. at Ada Covered Bridge. Kick-off the holiday season in Ada Township! Enjoy the annual bridge lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m., followed by trolley rides with stops at area businesses. 

Ada Chili & Beer Festival - Saturday, December 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Ada Chili and Beer Festival features some of Michigan's best local breweries, and a chili cook-off among the most talented chefs in Grand Rapids. Held in The Community Church Parking lot.

Santa Parade - Saturday, December 1, at 11 a.m. HO! HO! HO! Get in the holiday spirit and join us for the Santa Parade through Ada Village beginning at 11:00 a.m. Parade route begins at Ada Drive/Thornapple River Drive and ends at Fire House. 


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