Sparta: What a Neighborhood Should Be.

Sparta Is TraditionWelcome to the Village of Sparta, a great place to raise a family and grow a business. The warm and friendly Village of Sparta is located just north of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Sparta Is Tradition. On this website, you'll find information about our parks, history, finances, and departments of the Village, as well as important links to the community, resources and document downloads.

Whether you are a long-time resident or new to the area, we want to help you, and we are glad you're here.

History of Sparta

Myers SchoolhouseThe first settlers who arrived in the area of Sparta, Michigan in 1844 discovered rich land and abundant streams.

The first railroad reached Sparta in 1872, linking the community with Grand Rapids and ensuring the progress and prosperity of the area.

Most of Sparta’s settlers were farmers. Today, along with its agricultural and industrial base, Sparta has developed services from banking to retail and offers easy access to a major metropolitan area.

Sparta has two museums in operation today reflecting on the history of the establishment of Sparta with the Myers Schoolhouse Museum and the T.S. & M Railroad Depot.

Family Fun During Town & Country Days

Sparta ParadeWeekly throughout the summer, enjoy family-friendly activities in Sparta.

Community Concerts in Rogers Park, fun festivals like Town & Country Days, Harvest on the Ridge, and much more.

Enjoy our trails, Museum tours, watching airplanes at the Sparta Airport, and a history walking tour through the Village of Sparta.

Downtown Sparta Farmer's Market

Sparta Farmer's MarketSupport local growers and eat fresh foods! The Sparta Farmer's Market invites you to sample our hometown goodness and delicious variety.

Bring the family and meet your neighbors, Wednesdays from 3:00p to 7:00p, June 10 to September 30, at 71 N. Union Street behind ChoiceOne Bank.

Dispose of expired or unwanted prescription drugs!

Did you know the Village of Sparta provides a Safe Prescription Drug Drop-Off program to the community? Residents can drop off unused or expired prescriptions into a secure box - no questions asked. The drop off location is in the lobby of the Sparta Police Department at 260 W. Division St. Sparta, MI 49345.

What should NOT be placed in drop off container:
- Narcotics and other controlled substances
- Illicit drugs
- Bloody and infectious waste
- Needles or other sharp objects
- IV Bags
- Bandages
- Personal care products
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Aerosol cans
- Thermometers
- Empty medication containers

Police officers will check the boxes daily, collect the contents and prepare for disposal that is eco-friendly and in accordance with Federal and State laws. If you have any additional questions please contact the Sparta Police Department at 616-887-8716. 

Village News & Notes

Planning Commission Public Hearing Notice

Notice of Public Hearing
PLANNING COMMISSION
VILLAGE OF SPARTA
KENT COUNTY, MICHIGAN
 
TAKE NOTICE that the Sparta Planning Commission will hold three public hearings on Monday October 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of the Township offices at 160 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan to discuss and consider three ordinances that would add to or amend the Village Code of Ordinances
 
#16-04 – AN ORDINANCE TO ADD ARTICLE V “JUNK, TRASH AND RUBBISH ACCUMULATION” TO CHAPTER 26 (ENVIRONMENTAL) – TO THE VILLAGE OF SPARTA CODE OF ORDINANCES TO REGULATE JUNK, TRASH AND RUBBISH ACCUMULATION IN THE VILLAGE
 
AND

#16-05 – AN ORDINANCE TO ADD ARTICLE VII “GARAGE AND YARD SALES” TO CHAPTER 22 (BUSINESS) – TO THE VILLAGE OF SPARTA CODE OF ORDINANCES TO REGULATE GARAGE AND YARD SALES
 
AND

#16-06 – AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 82-589 “VIOLATIONS, PENALTIES, REMEDIES AND ENFORCEMENT” OF THE VILLAGE OF SPARTA ZONING ORDINANCE TO ADD MUNICIPAL CIVIL INFRACTION LANGUAGE.

A full copy of the proposed Ordinances #16-04, #16-05 & #16-06 is available in the Village Office for review between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the address below. Interested parties are invited to attend and be heard regarding this proposed amendment. Written comments will be received by the Village Manager at 156 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan 49345 until 5:00 p.m. on October 3, 2016.
 
Julius Suchy
Village Manager
                               

 

2016 Brush Pick-Up Schedule

Brush Pickup, Village of SpartaFor Village of Sparta Residents
 
The Village of Sparta DPW will begin brush pickup starting on April 4th, 2016. Brush will be picked up the First Full Work Week of each month.

Brush Must Be Curbside By 7:00 a.m. Monday of the week the brush is scheduled to be picked up.

Brush size will be limited to a maximum diameter of four inches (4”).  Only branches, trees, and limbs smaller than four inches (4”) in diameter will be picked up by the Village crews.  Any limbs or branches larger than four inches (4”) in diameter will be left curbside.  The 2016 pick-up schedule is as follows:
 
Brush Pick-Up Schedule:
April 4-8
May 2-6
June 6-10
July  11-15
August 1-5
September 12-16
October 3-7
 
Please place brush between sidewalk and curb, NOT in the street, with cut ends lying in the same direction. Monthly brush pick will end the week of October 3rdth. Just a reminder, the Village does NOT pick up leaves, garden waste or grass clippings during brush pickup.  Village residents can drop leaves, garden waste, grass clippings at the Village of Sparta DPW at 276 W. Division Street during regular work hours.  ID’s may be checked before you unload to confirm village residency.

If questions, please call the Village Office at (616) 887-8251 or the DPW staff at (616) 887-9303. Thank you.