Welcome to Sparta
Welcome 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.
Winter Odd/Even Parking Restriction Information
It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of any motor vehicle to park such motor vehicle upon any of the streets within the Village between the hours 2:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., between the dates of November 15 and April 1 of each year unless between such hours, the motor vehicle is parked on the evenly addressed side of the street on even dates and the odd addressed side of the street on odd dates.
If the calendar date is odd you need to be parked on the odd addressed side of the road. The restriction is in effect from 2:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.. So if it is 2:00 a.m. on November 20th your vehicle needs to be parked on the even side of the road. If it was November 23rd than you would need to park your vehicle on the odd side of the road.
However, because the rule is in effect from 2:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. you need to make sure you are parked accordingly the night before for the next day. In the example above (November 20th) you would want to make sure your car is parked on even side the evening of November 19th in preparation for the 20th. Although the time is listed at 10:00 p.m. the PD doesn't expect people to come out and move their cars at 10, but when people come hope from work they would ask that they park on the side of the street in preparation for the next day.
If you have any further questions please feel free to contact the Police Department at 616-887-8716.
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
- Personal care products
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Aerosol cans
- 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
Village looking to fill Vacant Planning Commission Position
The Village of Sparta has an opening on its Planning Commission and is looking for interested residents to submit letters of interest to fill this vacancy. The Planning Commission meets the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. The Planning Commission reviews potential development projects, reviews ordinances and provides recommendations to Village Council in accordance with the authority set forth in the Michigan Planning and Zoning Enabling Act and within the guidelines established in the Village Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The term is to fill a vacant seat set to expire 12/31/2017.
If you are interested please submit a letter of interest to Village Manager Julius Suchy at email@example.com or drop the letter off at Village Hall (156 E. Division St. Sparta, MI 49345).
History of Sparta
The 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.
Learn More about the History of Sparta