Community Programs

The Township has many programs to benefit the community.

Public Transportation
Garlic Mustard Drop Off
Gypsy Moth Spraying
Memorial Day Program
West Nile Virus
Fourth of July Celebration
Metro Cruise Warm Up
Cascade Heritage Day
Household Hazardous Waste
Yard Waste Pick Up/Clean Up Day
Toys for Tots/Angel Tree
Christmas Tree Recycling
Shred It Event

Public Transportation

Ride The Rapid

The bus route extends bus service on 28th Street east to the Cascade Rd, around Old 28th Street and heads west down 28th Street to Patterson Ave. 

Please click here for more information on schedules, routes, fares, etc.

In addition to the fixed route bus service, any Cascade Township senior 65 and over or persons with disabilities residing within 3/4 mile of the bus route is eligible for GO!Bus services. GO! Bus provides door-to-door transportation services by appointment. A one-time application must be filed prior to making an appointment.

Discounted tickets are available to Cascade residents at the Township office to those who use the GO!Bus.

Please click here for more information on the GO!Bus

Please click here for the GO!Bus service map

Hope Network
Any Cascade Township senior 65 and over or persons with disabilities, living more than 3/4 mile from the bus route, has transportation available through Hope Network. Cascade Township subsidizes this service with Community Development Block Grant and General Fund money.

Hope Network Customer Care Center - 616-243-0876.

Please click here for more information on Hope Network

Bagged Garlic Mustard Drop Off

May 7 to May 31, 2021

Garlic mustard, a highly invasive and destructive plant, drops thousands of seeds, poisons the soil and out-competes many native plants and tree seedlings.

To this end, Cascade Township has provided a dumpster behind the Thornhills Fire Station (2865 Thornhills Ave.). To take advantage of this valuable free service, bagged garlic mustard can be dropped off from May 7 to May 31, 2021.

After drop off dates, garlic mustard should be bagged and tied tightly for trash pick-up. Please do not burn and do not compost.

There will also be a Garlic Mustard pull event at Peace Park at the Grand River Dr entrance on May 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are welcome to grab some gloves and join in the event.  

Gypsy Moth Spraying

May 17, 2021 -  As of today, gypsy moth spraying in the West Michigan area is scheduled for Tuesday, May 18 and possibly Wednesday, May 19, should they need to stop early for any reason.  As always, weather will be a determining factor whether spraying takes place on the scheduled dates.

Gypsy moth is a notorious pest that feeds on the leaves of oaks, aspen and many other species of shade and forest trees.Many Michigan residents have heard of the gypsy moth, though they many not know what the insect looks like. Gypsy moth is a notorious pest that feeds on the leaves of oaks, aspen and many other species of shade and forest trees.

PDF IconGypsy Moth Spraying Program Map

Click here for Interactive Map (Use the Parcel Search option on the right side of the map)
Gypsy Moth
For many years, Cascade Township has participated in a local program to spray for gypsy moths caterpillars, and plans are underway to once again spray for these potentially devastating pests. The 2021 spray program actually began last fall, when the township hired a firm to survey the Township for gypsy moth egg masses. This process allows us to limit the spray areas to those places most likely to see an infestation (see map to view spray area). This year, the Township will be spraying 755 acres.

In order to treat the gypsy moth, the designated areas will be sprayed with a non-toxic biological agent called Bacillus thuringiensis or “Bt.” Below are some frequently asked questions about gypsy moth caterpillars and the treatment program.

What does a gypsy moth caterpillar look like?

Gypsy moth caterpillars are typically around two inches in length, and can be identified by their distinctive markings. They typically have a yellow head with black markings, followed by prominent blue and red spots along the length of their body. They can be found in over 250 species of trees, though they are especially found where Oak trees are abundant, and they do not spin silk tents, unlike the native and relatively harmless Eastern Tent Caterpillar

How does “Bt” affect the gypsy moth caterpillars?

“Bt” is a naturally occurring bacterium common in soils throughout the world. When a gypsy moth caterpillar eats leaves sprayed with “Bt” the bacterium produces a protein that reacts with the cells of the digestive tract lining of the gypsy moth caterpillar. The “Bt” proteins essentially paralyze the digestive track of the caterpillars, which will then cause them to stop feeding and eventually kill them. The gypsy moth caterpillars will typically die en masse two to three days after spraying occurs.

Is “Bt” dangerous to people, pets, wildlife or other beneficial insects?

The primary benefit to the use of “Bt” in controlling the gypsy moth population is that it is naturally occurring bacterial disease of insects and is non-toxic and safe for people, pets and wildlife, and some formulations can be used on essentially all food crops. Additionally, unlike most insecticides, “Bt” does not have a broad spectrum of activity, so they do not kill beneficial insects including natural enemies of insects (predators and parasites) as well as beneficial pollinators, such as honeybees.

For 2021, it is anticipated that the gypsy moth caterpillar spraying program will take place over the course of a week (or less). We will post the date when it is finalized. The application is done by helicopter, and typically takes one day to complete. Residents who reside within the spray zones will be receiving direct notification of the program through the mail.

Remember, the gypsy moth does its damage during the caterpillar stage, which is during mid-May to mid-June. If your trees are being defoliated later in the summer, it's caused by something other than gypsy moths.

Residents in spray areas need not remain indoors while spraying is underway and can safely go about their regular daily activities. As "B.t." is released into the air, it will descend upon trees and grounds in a light mist which will be barely discernible. Residents can expect to find dead caterpillar larvae in and around their yards upon completion of the insecticide application.

Additional Information
PDF Icon 2021 Homeowner Notification Letter
PDF Icon 2021 Recommended Gypsy Moth Spray Report
PDF Icon 2021 Spray Drift Management Plan
PDF Icon Additional Information on Gypsy Moths
PDF Icon Additional Information on Bacillus Thuringiensis

Gypsy moth activity expected across Lower Michigan


Memorial Day Program

Cascade Township Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 31, 2021
10:00 am

Join us for our annual Memorial Day ceremony as we honor and remember those who have died in service to our country.

This special community event is 10 a.m. Monday, May 31 outside at Kent District Library – Cascade Township Branch, 2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE.

The ceremony will recognize members of the McDonald-Osmer Post #451 of the American Legion and feature remarks by Township Supervisor Grace Lesperance and retired U.S. Army Col. David B. Kennedy. The Rev. Tim Dieffenbach of Thornapple Community Church will provide the invocation. The event also will include a color guard of Third Michigan Infantry Co. F Civil War re-enactors, flag-raising by Boy Scout Troop 334 and music by Abby Wright of the Forest Hills Central High School Jazz Band.

Col. Kennedy served as a Baptist chaplain in the Army Reserve for 33 years, spending time deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003 and later as deputy joint staff chaplain at the Pentagon before retiring in 2005. His military awards include the Legion of Merit and Defense Meritorious Service Medal, among others. He also taught at Cornerstone University’s Grand Rapids Theological Seminary for 32 years before retiring in 2012.

The Memorial Day ceremony is weather dependent, so check the Township’s website and social media for updates. The event will be recorded and posted on the website and social media the evening of May 31.

The program of events is as follows:
  • Flag Raising
  • Pledge of Allegiance and Speaker Introduction – Township Supervisor Grace Lesperance, Cascade Township
  • Invocation – Pastor Tim Dieffenbach, Thornapple Community Church
  • Speaker – Chaplain (Colonel) David B. Kennedy, Army of the United States (Retired)
View Program Here
Thank you to all those who have served and sacrificed their lives for the United States of America. You are our true heroes.

Click here to watch the Memorial Day Ceremony

West Nile Virus

What are the symptoms of West Nile virus?

MosquitoMost people who get West Nile virus will not have any symptoms – they won’t even know they have it. Some people may get sick 3 to 14 days after a bite from a mosquito carrying the virus. A small number of people who get West Nile virus will get a mild illness with fever, head and body aches, and sometimes a skin rash and swollen glands. There are no known long-term effects from a mild illness.

West Nile virus can cause severe illness known as West Nile encephalitis or meningitis. Symptoms include headache, high fever, stiff neck, disorientation, muscle weakness, coma, and convulsions. A small number of these illnesses have been deadly. But, people do not often get severe West Nile illness. Less than 1% of the people who get West Nile virus will develop a severe illness.

If you think you or any of your family members have any symptoms of West Nile virus you should talk to your doctor. If you have any symptoms like fever, confusion, muscle weakness and severe headaches, you should see your doctor right away.

How can I prevent West Nile virus?

Try to get fewer mosquito bites:

Wear bug spray, lotion or gel with DEET (N, N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) when you go outdoors. Common bug sprays, lotions and gels with DEET include Off, DEET, Cutter, etc. The more DEET in a spray, lotion or gel, the longer it works. Higher levels of DEET do not work better. Sprays, lotions and gels with 10-35% DEET will do a good job for adults. But for children, only use products with 10% or less of DEET.

When using bug sprays, lotions or gels follow these instructions:

Always follow the directions on the product label.

Only use on exposed skin. Do not use under clothing.

Do not use on cuts or sores.

Do not use on the eyes and mouth and do not spray on the face. Spray on hands first and then rub hands over your face.

When using on children, put repellent on your hands first and then use your hands to put it on the child. Never use on children’s hands because they often put their hands in their mouths.

After coming inside, wash skin with soap and water or bathe.

When you can, wear clothes that cover the skin like long sleeves, long pants and socks while outdoors. You can also spray your clothing with bug spray since mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing.

Wear light-colored clothing since mosquitoes like dark colors.

Put mosquito netting over infant carriers and strollers when infants are outdoors.

Do not wear strong smelling perfumes or use strong smelling shampoos and hair sprays because mosquitoes like strong smells.

You may want to stay indoors at dawn, dusk and during the early evening. These are the times when mosquitoes are most likely to bite you. Also, try to stay away from activities in areas where there are a lot of mosquitoes.

Make sure that your window and door screens do not have any holes where mosquitoes can get in to the house. If you do not have screens, get them.

Mosquitoes can follow people into buildings or come in on pets so make sure your pets are free of mosquitoes when letting them into the house.

Try to lower the number of mosquito breeding areas around your home:

Keep your lawn and shrubs cut.

Change the water in your bird bath twice a week.

Empty and clean children’s wading pools a couple times a week.

Empty and refill pet water bowls every day.

Cover trash bins to keep them from filling with water.

Get rid of things in your yard that can collect water (like jars, bottles, old tires, etc.).

Clean leaves and sticks out of eaves troughs/rain gutters and check them often.

Store boats and canoes upside down so they do not collect and hold rain water.

Drain or fill any low areas in your yard where water stands for five or more days.

Who do I call regarding dead or dying birds?

Call the Kent County Health Department at (616) 336-3030 if you see any dead or dying birds. Do not touch the birds, or any dead animal with your bare hands. Use gloves or an inside-out plastic bag to pick the animal up to put in the trash. Do not bring any dead birds or other dead animals to the health department.

For more information call (616) 336-3030.

West Nile Virus Prevention Initiative

Mosquito Control Around Your Home

Michigan is blessed with over 50 species of mosquitoes. These can be categorized into two basic groups based on their breeding habits. The first group might be termed spring mosquitoes. Spring mosquitoes produce a single generation of adults each year. Their larvae develop in "spring pools" in low-lying areas that hold water from snowmelt and spring rains.

The other group of mosquitoes, called summer mosquitoes, will produce generation after generation of mosquitoes during the summer as long as there is standing water available.

Reducing mosquito bites still revolves around the use of repellents, loose fitting clothing, tight fitting window screens, and yard sprays with malathion, permethrin or cyfluthrin, and simply staying indoors during peak mosquito times. There are several over the counter products you can purchase at your neighborhood lawn and garden store or hardware store that contain these active ingredients. Bonide Mosquito Beater, Cutter - Bug Free and Ortho Mosquito-B-Gone are just a few.

There are several new products available on the market, though some are quite expensive, that claim to rid yards of mosquitoes. While its true that these mosquito traps do catch mosquitoes, they appear not to catch all species of mosquitoes equally. Mosquito traps currently on the market include: Mosquito Magnet, SkeeterVac and Mosquito Deleto.

Cascade Charter Township is actively installing a mosquito larvacide in public storm drain catch basins within the township. The product being used is supposed to last about 90 days and is designed to kill mosquito larva before they reach their adult form.

The program is a proactive and precautionary measure to deal with the transport of West Nile Virus. In urbanized areas, catch basin sumps serve as a primary breeding ground for mosquitoes. It is the intent of the program to target these areas.

If you live on a private street, the catch basins will not be treated by Cascade Charter Township. However, if you would like your basins treated please have your association or owner contact Sandra Korhorn at (616) 949-1500.

Unlike conventional pesticides, each ALTOSID formulation contains methoprene, an insect growth regulator (IGR) that stops mosquitoes from becoming breeding, biting adults. Methoprene is target-specific, and will not affect fish, waterfowl, mammals or beneficial predatory insects.

Related Links

Kent County
State of Michigan

Cascade Township – July Fourth Celebration 2021

2021 July Fourth Celebration Announcement

After considering direction from our local, state and national health experts, we have decided to host our annual July Fourth fireworks show with Ada but cancel this year’s daytime festivities. Although it saddens us that we won’t be able to gather safely for a parade, carnival and our other activities, we feel confident we can help stage a fireworks show that will allow families to properly distance so they can celebrate our nation’s independence safely.

Why are we making this decision now? Know that months of advance planning and coordination by Township staff and area partners needs to be done to create a successful event that adheres to current MDHHS guidelines. At this time, we don’t know what these guidelines will look like on July 4. It’s important to do everything we can to protect the health of our residents, employees, businesses and first responders as we continue to support statewide efforts to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

We have been strong as a community during the pandemic – and we thank everyone for their continued support of one another. We are considering a fall event that will allow us to all gather again, should regulations relax to the point where it is safe for our community to do so.

Join Us for Our Fourth of July Fireworks Show

Join us Saturday, July 3 for a joint fireworks show with Ada Township. Although we won’t be hosting a parade, carnival or other activities this year due to the pandemic, we hope you’ll help celebrate our nation’s independence at our fireworks show. The show will begin at dusk at 7590 E. Fulton Street. The fireworks will be visible from many different locations in Cascade and Ada.


PDF Icon4th of July Non Profit Participation Application

4th of July Fire Truck 4th of July Motorcycle
4th of July Parade 4th of July children
4th of July Horses 4th of July Parade street

Cascade's Metro Cruise Warm Up - 2021

The Cascade Metro Cruise Warmup is back for 2021! 
Thursday, August 26 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Thornapple Centre,  6797 Cascade Rd. (Fowling Warehouse GR parking lot). 
Music by The Soul Syndicate, Food Trucks, Face painting and Balloon Sculpting for the kids, Lots of Show Cars   

Metro Cruise Automobiles

Cascade Heritage Day - 2021

Join us Saturday, Sept 25 for Cascade Heritage Day, a daylong community event for all ages.
The event will include a 5K and Fun Run in the morning, a cornhole tournament, festival rides and activities and food from local restaurants in the afternoon and live music in the evening. Here are the details:
            5K – 9 a.m.
            Fun Run – 9:30 a.m.
            Cornhole tournament, festival rides and local food – noon-4 p.m.
            Live music & Beer Tent – 5-9 p.m. (Cash Only)
All events will take place outside at the Kent District Library Cascade Branch, 2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE. The 5K and Fun Run courses will include Thornbrook Street, Thornhills Avenue and Thornapple River Drive.
The 5K is $25 per person before Aug. 2 and includes a T-shirt, medal, Heritage Day tokens, race photo and post-race fuel. The 1-mile Fun Run is $15 per person before Aug. 2 and includes a T-shirt, medal, race photo and post-race fuel. Age group winners will receive challenge coins. Register by Aug. 2 for early bird pricing. Ten percent of each race entry will go toward Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to families of service members who have died and who are disabled. 
The cornhole tournament will feature competitive, open and school-age divisions. The cost is $20 per team before Aug. 2. All 5K and Fun Run participants get half off the tournament fee. Division winners will receive challenge coins and prizes.
For details and to register for the 5K, Fun Run and cornhole tournament, visit
Local band Signal Point will perform hits from the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The music is free to enjoy.  Please bring chairs.

Event sponsorships are available. Here are the details:
  • Founders Club, $1000 – Includes recognition on the event banner, race sign and T-shirt
  • Thornapple Harvester, $500 – Includes recognition on the race sign and T-shirt
  • Grange Member, $250 – Includes recognition on the Grange membership banner
For more information about event sponsorship, click here.


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Household Hazardous Waste - Drop Off Day

A “SafeChem” Collection
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020
Time:9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Cascade Fire Station, 2990 Buttrick Ave SE., Cascade, MI
For: Households/Residents in Kent County

PURPOSE: This is an opportunity to safely remove and dispose of unwanted hazardous materials from your home. It is for households in Kent County only, not businesses.
BRING: oil-based paint & thinner, fertilizers, pool & photo chemicals, bug spray & weed killer, fluorescent tubes & CFL bulbs, cleaning products, fire extinguishers, gasoline, antifreeze, motor oil, mercury thermostat & thermometer, aerosol cans
DO NOT BRING: latex paint, alkaline batteries, medication, needles, fireworks, ammunition, propane, tires, containers larger than 5-gallons, business & non-Kent County wastes
LIMITATIONS: Up to 6 boxes per resident. No containers larger than 5 gallons. COVID Social Distancing and mask protocols in place.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Keep “like” containers together. Do not mix the waste with other materials. Maintain labeling so it can be clearly seen. Any leaking or potentially dangerous chemicals should be placed in a bucket for secondary containment. It is recommended to place all items upright in a lined box and/or a plastic tote. You may transport vehicle fluids (oil, gas, antifreeze) in original/approved containers as fluids can be bulked and containers returned to resident.
MORE INFORMATION:  Please call Kent County Department of Public Works for additional information or for directions on large loads (greater than 6 boxes), items larger than a 5-gallon bucket. They can be reached at 616-632-7941 or at

Yard Waste Pick Up/Clean Up Day

Wheel barrelOnly paper bags will be picked up. Blue tags will not be accepted. If you have blue tags from the past, please take them to the Township office and exchange them for Orange tags.

Mondays, October 18 to December 6, 2021

Yard Waste Tags are free and available during business hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) in the front vestibule of Cascade Township Hall at 5920 Tahoe SE.  Pick up will be every Monday starting October 18 through December 6, 2021.

  • Please have your yard waste near the curb by SUNDAY at MIDNIGHT.
  • Place an Orange tag on each bag of leaves or bundle of branches. (No grass clippings, dirt, sod, cement, sand or rocks please).
  • ONLY PAPER BAGS WILL BE PICKED UP WITH ORANGE TAGS. Bags are not to exceed 30 lbs.
  • Sticks should be no longer than four feet in length and branches, logs and stumps are not to exceed one inch in diameter.
  • Orange tags from last year can be used if you call (949-1500) to add your address to the Fall, 2021 list.  
  • This service is only available in the restricted burn area.

The yard waste dumpsters will be available behind the Thornhills Fire Station October 18 - December 6.  There is no size limit but you must be able to put items in the dumpster yourself. No stumps are allowed.

For more information, please call 949-1500.

Saturday, October 23, 2021 Ada Bible Church (8899 Cascade Rd SE)
FOR: Cascade Township residents to remove household waste. Commercial waste associated with professional contractors and other businesses is prohibited.

Identification is required to verify your residency within the township of Cascade. The township reserves the right to refuse any object that is deemed to large or difficult to handle.
WHEN: Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. You must be in line by 12:00 pm to be eligible for drop off.
WHERE: Ada Bible Church parking lot (8899 Cascade Rd SE, Ada, MI 49301)
Enter via Cascade Rd just east of Quiggle Av.
WHAT:  Non-hazardous household waste and office paper for shredding.
NO YARD WASTE. You will need to use leaf pick-up day, your curb side service or other source for yards waste such as leaves, branches and brush.
NO HAZARDOUS MATERIAL : Or concrete, shingles, tires, batteries, liquid waste such as paint, chemicals, oil, etc., ashes, propane tanks, medical waste, fuel tanks, propane tanks, pool chemicals  or any other hazardous material.
Arrowaste:  For general trash and junk, appliances, scrap metal. No yard waste.
West Michigan Document Shredding: For shedding of office paper, personal files and other documents. Up to 100 lbs. of personal sensitive documents. 
Identification is required to verify your residency within the township of Cascade.
For questions: Call Cascade Township (616) 949-1500.


Toys for Tots Program

Toys for Tots

The Cascade Township Fire Department is accepting toys for the Toys for Tots Program. You may drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Cascade Township office, located at 5920 Tahoe Dr. SE from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday beginning Monday, November 8 through Wednesday, December 8, 2021.


Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas TreeDumpsters will be available behind the Buttrick Fire Station (Buttrick & 30th Street) to deposit your Christmas trees from December 26th to January 17th for recycling. Please remember to remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel & tree stands.


Shred It Event

Need to Get Rid of Sensitive Documents? The Township’s annual Shred It event is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27 at the former Township Hall, 2865 Thornhills Ave. SE. This is a great – and free – opportunity for Township residents to safely dispose of sensitive documents. This includes mail and paperwork that has personal information such as your name, address, phone number, email address, account number, birthdate, password or PIN, signature or Social Security number.