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.

Planning Commission Public Meeting Notice

The Village of Sparta Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday May 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of the Sparta Township Office, located at 160 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan to consider a rezoning request from Sable Developing Inc. The request is to rezone 16.25 acres of the parcel addressed 548 E. Gardner St. (permanent parcel #41-05-23-276-010).
The request is to rezone the property described below from R-1 Residential to R-2 Residential.
Part of the NE 1/4 of Section 23, T9N, R12W, Sparta Township, Kent County, Michigan, described as: Commencing at the East 1/4 corner of said Section; thence N88°11'59"W 733.90 feet along the East - West 1/4 line of said Section to the Place of Beginning; thence continuing along said 1/4 line N88°11'59"W 1419.34 feet to the Southeast corner of Lot 8, Country Meadows, as recorded in Liber 60 of Plats, Page 17; thence N0°39'20"E 258.69 feet along the East line of said Lot 8 and it's Northerly extension to a point on the North line of Tentree Street (60 feet wide); thence S89°20'40"E 124.00 feet; thence N0°39'20"E 100.00 feet to the Southeast Corner of Lot 9, Country Meadows No. 2, as recorded in Liber 68 of Plats, Pages 43-44, and also the Southwest corner of Lot 31, Country Meadows No. 4, as recorded in Liber 97 of Plats, Pages 36-37; thence S88°05'40"E 72.69 feet along the South line of said Country Meadows No. 4; thence S01°54'20"W 17.00 feet; thence S88°05'40'E 218.07 feet; thence N01°54'20"E 17.00 feet to a point on said South line; thence S88°05'40"E 84.25 feet along said South line to the Southeast corner of Lot 33, said Country Meadows No. 4; thence N0°39'20"E 300.00 feet along the East line of said Country Meadows No. 4 to the Southwest corner of Lot 52, Country Meadows No. 5, as recorded in Liber 108 of Plats, Pages 12-13; thence S88°05'40"E 805.32 feet along the South line of said Country Meadows No. 5, and it's Easterly extension; thence S0°39'20"W 508.73 feet; thence S69°20'23"E 90.00 feet; thence S13°26'04"E 125.31 feet to a point on the East - West 1/4 line of said Section 23 and the Place of Beginning. Contains 16.25 acres.
Copies of the rezoning application with associated maps of the area are available for public inspection at the Village Office at 156 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Any interested parties will be heard during the public hearing portion of the meeting. If you would prefer to send written comments, please forward them to the Village Manager prior to the meeting.  
Julius Suchy                                                                                                                       
Village Manager/Zoning Administrator


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.

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

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.

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.