A 21st Century Welcome Center for Grand Rapids | West Michigan
Thank you for visiting the GOSite POP UP Introductory Site this summer! Your participation and feedback are vital to the planning process. Please follow us on facebook and twitter for the latest update, and look for more Pop Up opportunities and special events as we prepare for the full, seven day a week, permanent launch of the GOSite!
Want to hear from the Introductory GR Social Circle Hosts? Click here to view their Invitational Video and follow them on social media.
Did you play the GR Riddle?
Six pieces of the riddle were released over six weeks, each one building on the next to lead players to a well known and historical location. Many played, all who answered correctly received a certificate, and one lucky winner won the drawing for a grand prize package. Did you guess the answer? It was the statue of John Ball over at the entrance to the zoo, and the dedication date was in the back: 1925. See riddle pieces below. Get ready, another riddle coming soon!
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.