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Portland, Michigan is located in Ionia County just north of I-96, directly in the middle of Lansing and Grand Rapids. Portland covers 2.78 square miles of land and has a population of around 4,000 people. The city is known as the “City of Two Rivers” because it is where the Grand River and the Looking Glass River meet.
The Portland Riverwalk is a focal feature of the city, and is part of a 15-mile system of trails that can be used for walking, running, biking, and other types of outdoor activities. Located along the trail are benches, observation decks, and gazebos. This spot is popular for both residents and tourists, and gives visitors something free and fun to do in the great outdoors.
The Portland Main Street program works to revive and promote downtown Portland through historic preservation and economic development. Portland gained both the “Michigan Main Street” and the “Michigan Cool City” statuses in 2003, and continues to thrive through their efforts. Downtown Portland is not only looking better, but also has plenty of new events going on for those in the city.
For those with children, Portland Public Schools provides two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school in the area. The district serves over 2,000 students and is dedicated to educating students to function effectively in a global society. According to their website, Portland Public Schools is part of the Ionia County Intermediate School District, and partners with Portland St. Patrick, a local K-12 parochial school, to provide a quality education for all students.
Portland is the home of small town charm. From local boutiques and restaurants in downtown to the many scenic routes of the Portland Riverwalk, there truly is something for everyone in this quaint place. Portland has a total of four historic metal truss bridges, all preserved within the town, and there are many parks, recreational areas, and a community lake available too.