Each month, we look back to see which articles resonated most with readers and then share that insider information with you. As tends to be the case each summer, page views dip as people head out on vacation, but the website still had 7,521 views in June. That’s in addition to the 5,399 people our Facebook page reached during the month. Top stories covered township and city news as well as an announcement from Pink Arrow.
Here’s a look at the most-read articles on Lowell’s First Look, based on website views, during June 2019.
There’s no doubt that people are excited for the grand opening of the North Grand River Riverfront Park in Lowell Charter Township. Being developed behind the Walgreens on the corner of Bowes Rd and Fulton Street, the park includes pickleball courts, trails and a wooden bridge spanning the Grand River. This article was the second most popular article in May, and it continues to be well-read. It was the fifth most popular story in June.
The new North Grand River Riverfront Park will play a role in the 2019 Pink Arrow Community Day. Previously held along the Riverwalk, this year’s event is moving to the west side of town and will make use of the park as well as the new Impact Church building.
A proposed condo project along the Riverwalk as run into a few snags, but developers Jerry Zandstra and Todd Schaal are confident their plans will be a go in the end. Last month, they hosted an event for Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce members to come see the inside of the property they plan to convert to condos. This article, outlining that event as well as concerns hampering the project, was the third most-read article on Lowell’s First Look in June 2019.
With the Kent County Youth Fair planning to move to a new location in Lowell Township, the City of Lowell will have a large parcel of property in the center of town that could be transformed into something new. Residents were invited to a Design Day this past spring to share their ideas about what should happen at Recreation Park, and those suggestions have now been turned into two suggested plans. One features ball fields and a splash pad while the other places a camping sites in the park. You can see both suggested plans in this article, which was our second most read story for June.
The Police Beat almost always makes the top five articles for the month, but June 2019 was the force’s month to really shine. It was the most-read article last month with this edition outlining cases ranging from a school threat made on social media to animals on the loose.
Did your favorite article make the list? Which story did you like best last month?