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The village of Ravenna, Michigan is surrounded by Ravenna Township, in southeast Muskegon County.

Crockery Creek flows through the village, just south of its business district. The Musketawa Trail, a 25-mile rail-trail following the former Muskegon, Grand Rapids, and Indiana Railroad line, reaches from Marne to Muskegon, passing through Conklin and Ravenna.

No major highways pass through Ravenna, the chief routes being Blackmer Road, Harrisburg Road, Heights Ravenna Road, South Ravenna Road, and Slocum Road.

Cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Ravenna include Coopersville, Casnovia, Kent City, Sparta, Fruitport, Grant, Norton Shores, Roosevelt Park, Muskegon, Walker, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, North Muskegon, Grand Haven, Newaygo, Cedar Springs, and Rockford, while the unincorporated communities of Harrisburg, Crockery Lake, Conklin, and Lisbon are within ten miles.

Ravenna is one of four villages in Muskegon County, the others being Casnovia, Fruitport, and Lakewood Club. The county also has six incorporated cities: Montague, Muskegon, North Muskegon, Norton Shores, Roosevelt Park, and Whitehall.

The first European-American settler in the area that was to become Ravenna was probably E.B. Bostwick, who built a sawmill there in 1844. Benjamin Smith came in 1847, followed by William Rogers, James Rollinson, Thomas D. Smith, and Hiram Wilkinson. The village was named for the township, which was named for the Ohio hometown of its surveyor.

A post office was established in Ravenna on February 9, 1848, with James M. Smith as postmaster. Incorporated as a village in 1922, Ravenna was part of Ottawa County until Muskegon County was organized in 1859.

Ravenna first appeared on a census roll in 1930, when its population was 343. Except for declines in 1980 and 1990, its population. has increased each decade, and had a population of 1,308 in 2020.

Approximately ninety percent of the land area in Ravenna is residential, although the village does have a business district, which includes Main Street and Stafford Street. Other business development can be found along Heights-Ravenna Road and Slocum Street to the north.

The Ravenna Township offices and the Ravenna Township Fire Department are located within the village.

Ravenna Public Schools serves the village and township, as well as Casnovia, Sullivan, and parts of Moorland Township.

Primary recreational areas within the village are Conklin Park and Thatcher Park. Situated west of the business district, Conklin Park has five baseball fields, one lighted, a soccer field, tennis courts, a pickleball court, basketball courts, volleyball courts, a picnic area, and two covered pavilions, while Thatcher Park has two covered pavilions, a picnic area, playground area, a seasonal water wheel, and walking trails. Thatcher Park is on the south side of the creek.

The focus of this part of our guide is on the small village of Ravenna, Michigan. Appropriate topics include online resources for the municipal government and any other governmental entities within the village, as well as local businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities.



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