A 21st Century Welcome Center for Grand Rapids | West Michigan

Come on in!

The GOSite POP UP Introductory Site is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from July 31 through September 13. See information below.


What will the GOSite be? You can help answer that!

The POP UP Introductory Site opens July 31!

Hours Thursdays 10-9 Fridays 10-9 Saturdays 10-5

Stop by for an introduction to the concept and an opportunity to contribute feedback and ideas during the planning and implementation process, your participation will be integral as we begin to prepare for a full launch following this important research and discovery phase. The community’s input is vital to the ultimate design and content that will be offered in the GoSite. Programs will be piloted during the Pop Up, including Friday Free Bites, Thursday Evening Cultural Mix, and GR Riddle – with great prizes attached, along with a few videos of the GR Social Circle Hosts (with a chance for you to audition!), and the opportunity to spin the GRCity Twist to curate your own Grand Rapids experience. This and much more is waiting for you to explore in the GoSIte Pop Up, so drop in, learn more, and tell us what you think of it all.

Want to hear from the Introductory GR Social Circle Hosts? Click here to view their Invitational Video and follow them on social media.

Play the GR Riddle!
A verse of the riddle is release once a week for six weeks, building upon the previous information and leading to one ultimate answer that will solve the Riddle! Remember, the answer will be an iconic, well-known thing in public view. Once you know what it is, look for a number that will be on it (such as a founding or dedication date) and jot that down. Stop by the GoSite for a ballot and submit your answer. Good luck! Prize package is growing and has great items, but bragging rights are good too!

All six verses have been released – get your ballot in before 5:30 pm Sept. 11 (Shhh don’t tell if you know the answer, but do submit a ballot in the drawing!)

Week 1
Come all, enter this story
To where the line once extended
And the light of day has ended
A land of picnic lore
To explore once more
Five score memory embedded

Week 2
Along the waters gathered there
Where lake legend sits in quiet state
As to beckon for more prime eights
On tiny isle they live
Only to forgive
Those clamoring off arms too late

Week 3
It was here in the valley
Whence this pioneer did foresee then
The founding of many a lyceum
A forty plot to savor
Blooms of fulsome air
To dispense with grace among them

Week 4
Four letters in each his name,
The first one to many seems simple
So common among the people
Next an orb for play
At recess each day,
That sets upon grounds so gentle

Week 5
Our man was ere true
To the little ones for their minds to wander
and gaze upon peering eyes to ponder.
Yet go not with haste
Through gates for to waste
Viewing kindly eyes the founder’s.

Week 6
Upon granite it was built
For coming generations to take heed
At this certain date, it was done, indeed.
In bronze to be cast
An era it should last
Go peer behind the lap with all speed.

Questions about the GoSite? Email [email protected] Interested in volunteering for the GOSite Team? Email [email protected]

What will the GOSite be?

Reframing the traditional information center to fully engage an integrated 21st century audience.

A high profile, warm and welcoming space at the northwest corner of the Art Museum near Rosa Parks Circle will beckon both the intentional visitors and the casual passersby. Inside they will find a helpful concierge to the city, a smiling new friend trained as a certified tourism ambassador, to help them explore their options and discover new ideas of things to see and do. They’ll have the latest tools and digital access, along with traditional paper maps and brochures. They’ll watch monitors scrolling with information, real time social media suggestions, calendar of events, and visual images of the diverse offerings of the city. They’ll meet the people of Grand Rapids through a group of “virtual” community liaisons who will tweet their weekly picks, and join in fun activities such as riddles and games that encourage them to visit community organizations and businesses that they may have never been to before. As an information-gathering hub, they’ll be able to share their own ideas about Grand Rapids through the GoSite’s social media and on-site feedback stations. They’ll find a comfortable place to meet up with friends, try free samples of local delicacies, join a tour, or maybe catch a mini-performance by one of the many cultural organizations in the city. They’ll get to know our city, its history and character, the movers and shakers of the town, and the visions for the future. Most of all, they will see the big picture, the many wonderful things that make Grand Rapids a great place to live, work, and play–the GoSite will help them be a part of it all.