Ada Township is located 12 miles east of Grand Rapids on M-21 where the Thornapple River unites with the Grand River. Founded in 1821 by fur trader Rix Robinson, Ada has steadily grown into an upscale, innovative area with advanced business, health and educational conveniences all while holding on to its rural heritage. With almost 10,000 residents, Ada has become an ideal place to live, work and play.
Amway Corporation was founded in Ada over 50 years ago and continues to remain a central figure in the area with their headquarters employing over 4,000 of their 21,000 global employees. Aside from its bustling business scene, Ada holds a shared belief in the preservation of its natural and woodland areas, open spaces and waterways with over 1,000 acres of township-owned property available for use by residents.
The downtown historic village is home to many art galleries, unique shops and dining options. Classic rural charm combines with early colonial-style buildings to create a distinctive feeling that is not often found in such a progressive setting. Residents and visitors alike enjoy visiting the National Register of Historic Places listed Ada Covered Bridge built in 1867, the Ada Farmers Market, and local favorites like the Nonna Cafe and Schnitz Ada Grill.
The Forest Hills Public Schools system serves much the surrounding area with Forest Hills Central High School located within Ada Township. The award-winning school district serves over 9,800 students and was named the best school district by Grand Rapids Magazine. In 2003, Newsweek Magazine ranked both Forest Hills Central and Forest Hills Northern High School among the top 4% in the United States.
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