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Kent County Parks Foundation is dedicated to growing our park, trail systems

This week's episode of NPO Showcase features Kent County Parks Foundation which raises money, support and awareness for the Kent County parks system

About NPO Showcase

NPO Showcase highlights nonprofit and government organizations and the work that they're doing in our community. The program is a feature of GRTV, a service of the Community Media Center, with producer and host Adrian Hirsch. You can catch it on GRTV on Saturdays at 8 AM and 6 PM and can view past episodes on Grand Rapids Community Media Center website. If your nonprofit would like to be interviewed on NPO Showcase, please contact Adrian Hirsch.

Kate Meyer on NPO Showcase

Kate Meyer on NPO Showcase /GRTV

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase Kate Meyer from the Kent County Parks Foundation (KCPF) discusses their role in improving the Kent County parks system, and how they support the Kent County Parks Department. Meyer also discussed current projects, and goals for the future of the park system.

Self-described as the 'cheerleaders' for the Parks Department, KCPF fundraising efforts serve to build, expand, and sustain parks in Kent County. Established in 1999, the nonprofit is dedicated to the sustainability and improvement of the 38 parks and four inter-community trails within Kent County, and acts as a facilitator for donors wishing to support this community resource. While the Kent County population has tripled since the park system was created, the funding for, and the park system itself, have not kept pace. With support from the community, KCPF works to ensure all community members can reap the health, environmental, social, and economic benefits that area parks offer.

Community members are encouraged to get involved, with volunteer needs ranging from office work and writing, to photography, planning, fundraising and committee work. In addition, KCPF has a number of internship opportunities.

For those wishing to explore parks in Kent County, KCPF provides a tool for browsing the entire park system, and finding the park with desired amenities ranging anywhere from trails, to camping, swimming, horseback riding and much more.

Check back next Wednesday for a new segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, featuring the Grand Rapid Pride Center! 

NPO Showcase is just one of the many ways that the Community Media Center serves the nonprofit community. For information about this and other CMC services for nonprofits, or to schedule a future interview, contact Nonprofit Outreach Coordinator, Adrian Hirsch, at 616-459-4788 x105 or email [email protected].

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