Allendale is centrally located in Ottawa County which means easy access to main highways and quick commutes to anywhere in the region. We are 15 miles from Grand Rapids, 23 miles from Holland, 29 miles from Muskegon, 171 miles from Detroit and 172 miles from Chicago, Illinois.
Allendale’s population surged 59% according to the 2010 census, the largest percentage of growth in Ottawa County, Michigan.
To reiterate what W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research economist George A. Erickcek stated at the top of his January 8, 2013, presentation in the City of Holland, entitled 2013-2014 Forecast for Ottawa County, “2012 was a great year!” It was. And, all indications are (based upon an evaluation of recent data and information as well as a tally of the benefits to be derived from a number of significant industrial development projects underway and announced) that this trend in Ottawa County will likely continue into the future.
We would like to welcome you to our unique destination! Allendale is a place of abundant natural beauty where rich history of the past meets the dynamic growth of the future. Allendale is a place of shared memories where people come together to live, work, and play. Allendale is conveniently located between the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan and the bustling city of Grand Rapids. Allendale is one of the fastest growing townships in the region but continues to maintain its family-friendly, rural character that the community knows and loves.
Allendale is centrally located in Ottawa County which means easy access to main highways and quick commutes to anywhere in the region.
Quality education is a big deal in Allendale and can be found in both public and private settings. Allendale Public Schools rank among the high performing schools in the State of Michigan. Allendale schools have received an 8 out of 10 rating for academic excellence by GreatSchools.org, a national non-profit. A unique feature of our school systems is the ability to partner with schools and business throughout the Ottawa area to offer an innovative approach to learning.
Grand Valley State University is the fastest growing university in the United States, both in population and physical size, as the university is continually building more facilities. The university is also ranked as one of the top up and coming schools in the Midwest. The university enrolls a total of just under 25,000 students on the Allendale campus and two campuses in the surrounding area, and offers over 200 areas of study, making it the largest university in the Grand Rapids region.
Allendale Charter Township houses Grand Valley State University. We have a population of over 20,000 plus a student population of about 24,000. Allendale Fire Department covers 32 square miles bordered by the Grand River.
Allendale Fire Department consists of 30 members, two of those members being full time employees of the Township, Chief Mike Keefe and Fire Inspector Dave Pelton. Our call volume for 2012 was over 900 calls, the vast majority of those calls being EMS related. The Department continues to grow each year and strives for the professionalism that all fire departments strive for, large or small.
Allendale Charter Township contracts with the Ottawa County Sheriff Department for police protection. On staff in Allendale are Sgt. Jeff Steigenga, Dpt. Jake Mucha and Dpt. Brandon Tubergen.
The mission of your Ottawa County Sheriff’s office continues to be that of “preserving public order and supporting the Constitution of the State of Michigan through enforcement of state and local laws.” Their mission is accomplished by providing 24 hour service to Ottawa County communities in the areas of responding to direct request for law enforcement service, criminal investigations traffic enforcement and general assistance to the public. With this established mission, they continue to place a significant emphasis on the victims and the communities. Their mission is furthered by the ability to office a correctional facility that meets the needs of the criminal justice system in Ottawa County.
The Allendale Cemetery is located at 12655 60th Avenue, Allendale MI 49401. It is a quiet, beautiful old cemetery located out in the Allendale countryside. The oldest graves date back to the 1840’s. It is the only cemetery owned and operated by the Township.
For cemetery information, contact Candy Kraker, Township Clerk, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 616-895-6295, ext. 6.
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The Allendale Community Park behind (south) of the Township office, located at 6676 Lake Michigan Drive. The park is comprised of 40 acres. During the warm months, the park is a busy place. We have an outstanding softball and Little League facilities, which attract teams and players from a wide geographic area.
Facilities include ballfields, premier playground and splash pad, tennis/pickleball courts, basketball court, picnic shelters, Knowlton House Museum and gardens and the Veterans Memorial.
Go to Parks Page.
Allendale Lifelong Learners is a group that is growing and changing, but a friendly & social place for anybody aged 55 or older. Kathy Hanes has been the Allendale Lifelong Learners director for the past 7 years and plans events, outings and meetings for over 250 participants each month.
The Charter township hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm and the offices are closed during weekends. Find more information about how to contact us and where we are located by clicking here.