Comstock Park, Michigan

Comstock Park Michigan

Comstock Park, MI

Image of Comstock Park during Christmas time

Comstock Park is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Kent County, Alpine Township, and Plainfield Township. The population of the community is 10,088, with Alpine Township accounting for the majority (9,044). The Grand River runs just east of the community and floods the area every spring.

History Of Comstock Park Michigan

Daniel North founded a settlement known as “North’s Mill” in 1838. In 1848, the name was changed to “Mill Creek.” The area became a significant transportation hub, serving the Grand Rapids Indiana Railroad and the Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad. It set the stage for its current status as a northern Grand Rapids-area crossroads.
In 1906, it was renamed “Comstock Park,” after Congressman Charles C. Comstock, who represented the district in 1885 and 1886. Comstock never lived in Comstock Park, but he lived on the other side of the Grand River.

Attractions In Comstock Park

In the 1850s, Comstock Park, which hugs the Grand River as it flows north out of Grand Rapids, was a major transportation hub, serving both the Grand Rapids Indiana Railroad and the Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad. Today, it is best known as the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball team’s home, Fifth Third Ballpark.

Nick Fink’s, Michigan’s oldest bar, serves classic tavern fare like the Monster Burrito. In a cozy, vintage setting, Mill Creek Tavern serves burgers, sandwiches, and pub fare. Vitale’s Pizza and Sports Bar is a local chain that serves a variety of casual bar eats and craft beers.

Comstock Park, MI Demographics

  • Population: 10,374
  • Average Age: 35.6
  • Male 52.9%, Female 47.1%
  • Persons Per Household: 2.32
  • Median Home Value: $141,600
  • Median Household Income: $45,043
  •  Average Work Commute: 24.8 min

Education In Comstock Park

Comstock Park Public Schools is a school district in Grand Rapids, Michigan, located north of the city. It has an enrollment of about 1980 students. Greenridge houses the preschool and ECSE programs, Stoney Creek houses grades K, 1, and 2, Pine Island houses grades 3, 4, and 5, Mill Creek houses grades 6, 7, and 8 Comstock Park High School houses students in grades 9-12. Alpine, Plainfield, and Walker are the three townships that make up the school district.

Athletics In Comstock Park, Michigan

Photo of Comstock Park High School Stadium

The West Michigan Whitecaps are a High-A Central Minor League Baseball team and the Detroit Tigers’ High-A affiliate. They play their home games at LMCU Ballpark in Comstock Park, Michigan.

The former Madison Muskies moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1994, bringing the Midwest League with them. Local businessmen Lew Chamberlin and Dennis Baxter brought the Whitecaps to West Michigan. Before joining the Tigers’ farm system in 1997, the Whitecaps were affiliated with the Oakland Athletics.

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