City of Ionia

Welcome to the City of Ionia, Michigan

Nestled in the heart of Michigan, the City of Ionia is a dynamic community of more than 10,000 residents and 60,000 county wide. Come share the beauty, charm and history of Ionia.

A Great Place to Live

Welcome to the City of IoniaThe City of Ionia is the largest city and the county seat of Ionia County, Michigan.

The City of Ionia is located mostly within Ionia Township, with small portions extending into Easton Township and Berlin Township, but we are politically autonomous of the townships. Google Map

Here on our website, you can quickly find information you need. Download files, make applications, get connected, and learn about our City. We are happy to assist you. If questions, please phone City offices at 616-527-4170.

History Meets a Vibrant Future

Visit Downtown IoniaCome savor the simple pleasures of life in Ionia and discover the many benefits our City has to offer.

Ionia is nestled in the heart of the Grand River Valley, “In the Middle of it All.” Our city features a beautifully renovated downtown business district and a modernized industrial center.

Ionia offers picturesque countryside along the scenic Grand River, rich farm lands, beautiful homes and a central location with easy access to Grand Rapids and Lansing.

Ionia is home to numerous recreational and cultural opportunities where our history is combined with a vibrant future. Our area offers excellent educational programs and a broad spectrum of medical services.

Whether you want to attend inviting events, walk along the Grand River or our extensive rail trails, enjoy our neighborhood parks and state recreational area, visit the Ionia County Museum, buy from the local farm markets, catch a current movie at the historic and beautifully restored Ionia Theatre, or view creations of local artisans, it is available to you in Ionia.

We are proud to share the beauty, charm and history of our community, as well as the fun, exploring, outdoor recreation, shopping and dining. Situated along the scenic Grand River, conveniently located just a few minutes north of I-96, Ionia offers a central location for day trips to Lake Michigan, as well as easy access to downtown areas of Lansing, Grand Rapids, and many other regional attractions. Our vibrant community is family friendly and retains the charm of its origins, yet has a strong link to the future. Our beautiful historic Downtown District features a unique blend of shops and eateries.

Here in Ionia, we put our heritage proudly on display in the present. Ionia’s blend of past, present and future, with it’s proximity to nature, culture and industry, makes it the perfect place to spend a day, a weekend or longer… Rich with history, neatly restored, and positioned for future growth, we think you will find Ionia a great place to visit and an even better place to live.

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City Mayor Daniel A. Balice

City of Ionia Mayor, Daniel A. Balice
Meet the Mayor and City Council

City Manager

Meet the City Manager

Meeting Schedule

Meeting Reminder red pinThe current year schedule for City Council, Planning Commission, and Downtown Development Authority meetings, are available to view at the following link:

Ionia City Hall:
Resources and Answers

Ionia City HallWhether you are a long-time resident, someone new to our community, a current business, or a new business looking to grow and expand, the City of Ionia wants to be helpful to you. Please look to us for answers, resources and ideas.

Check out our handy Search engine, our Staff directory, and our City calendar. You can make Online payments, download Meeting agendas and minutes, find out about Planning and zoning... and if you have a question or concern, you may Write to us here.

You may also phone us at 616-527-4170. Thank you for your interest and participation with the City of Ionia.

City News

State of the City Presentation

City Budget FY23-24

City Council will review the proposed budget at its next meeting on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at 7:00 PM. This meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 114 N. Kidd Street, Ionia, MI 48846. During the meeting, there will be a public hearing to solicit comments on the proposed budget. The budget is attached below for review. Any questions can be directed to City Manager Precia Garland via email at

Bid Opportunity - Ionia City Dog Park Project

The City of Ionia is currently accepting bids for the Dog Park Project. A complete copy of the bid specifications is available below. Responses are due no later than 2:00 PM on Thursday, June 22, 2023. A public bid open will take place at this time in the Lower Level Conference Room of City Hall, 114 N. Kidd Street, Ionia, MI 48846.

Questions may be directed to Paula Lawrence at RJM Design, and she will provide project drawings upon request. Paula can be reached at (616) 560-9131 or via email at

Temporary Trail Closure for Construction - Fred Thwaites River Trail

Construction on the Fred Thwaites River Trail project will begin June 2, 2023, and is expected to extend through July 24. During this time, the trail will be closed and public access/usage is prohibited. Barricades will be placed at all connectors and access points to the trail. This includes the west trailhead at the Ionia Fairgrounds, access points at Steele Street, Mill Street, Harper Park, and Cleveland Street
(including the parking lot), as well as Quarry Road.

For more information please view the full press release provided below.

Parks and Rec. Survey

Parks & Recreation Master Plan Update: Every five years, the City of Ionia updates its Parks & Recreation Master Plan. The plan is valuable for several reasons — it provides an inventory of all City parks facilities and rates their accessibility; it identifies future parks and recreation improvement projects; and it makes the City eligible to apply for a variety of grants to help fund those future parks improvements. As part of the update process, we want to hear from you, City residents, regarding what you find most valuable when it comes to Parks and Rec and what you’d like to see in the future! To respond to our online survey, please go to . The survey will be open through mid-August.

Public Notices

City Council will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 114 N. Kidd Street, Ionia, MI 48846. Comments will be solicited regarding the proposed FY23-24 Budget.

City Council will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 114 N. Kidd Street, Ionia, MI 48846. Comments will be solicited regarding the proposed Ordinance No. 576 that would amend sewer and water fees.

City Council will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 114 N. Kidd Street, Ionia, MI 48846. Comments will be solicited regarding Resolution 2023-07 that would change the date of local elections from odd to even years.

The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at 4:30 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 114 N. Kidd Street, Ionia, MI 48846. Comments will be solicited for the final site plan review of 205 S. Dexter Street.

To view the corresponding public notices; click on the files below.

Ionia Harvest Market

The Ionia Harvest Market (formerly Ionia Farmers’ Market) kicks off Saturday, June 3rd from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Ionia Rotary Hoppough Pavilion on the corner of Steele and Adams Street. Fresh fruits, vegetables, maple syrup, honey, bedding plants, crafts and so much more are welcome. Vendors may register for a seasonal or daily pass. Project Fresh, Senior Project Fresh, WIC, Bridge, and SNAP programs are welcome. Join us for a visit or as a vendor beginning each Saturday from June through October 7th. For more information, contact Market Director Elisabeth Haight by email at

Visit the Ionia Harvest Market Facebook page for the latest information and updates.

City Calendar

City of Ionia City Calendar

114 North Kidd Street Map
Post Office Box 496
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Phone 616-527-4170

Fax 616-527-0810

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00a - 4:00p
(Holiday exception)


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