Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

Why parks matter: How our parks affect city life

by (Michael Tuffelmire)

Submitted 10-09-2013 under OPINION

In an era of urban revitalization that is creating increased populations in American urban environments, it is important for cities to maintain the appropriate levels and quality of green space to keep up with the growth. Various studies indicate...

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Why parks matter: The history of parks in Grand Rapids

by (Michael Tuffelmire)

Submitted 10-08-2013 under OPINION

The modern concept for urban green spaces has its origins in 19th century England. The Industrial Revolution started in England during that time, and ushered in an era of urban growth never seen before. England’s population increased...

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Volunteers come together to make orchard reality

by (Molly Heinhuis)

Submitted 10-08-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

On October 12, the community surrounding Martin Luther King, Jr. Park plans to improve on the under-utilized space in the park. Surrounding neighborhoods have planned to grow a fruit orchard, not only to further honor Martin Luther King, Jr., but...

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Become a citizen forester

by (erictank)

Submitted 09-03-2013 under NEWS

Would you like to earn a citizen forester designation? Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is now offering the first class of four that will help you achieve just that. Learn the art and science of planting trees in an urban environment. This class is...

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Planting trees, growing community

by (FriendsofGRParks)

Submitted 09-03-2013 under PLACE-MATTERS

You enjoy the benefits provided by trees every day. Some of them are obvious; others are not. Perhaps not entirely intuitive is the role that trees play in our community. Various research demonstrates that trees help to make streets safer, deter...

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Clean up your local park in Alger Heights

by (Holly)

Submitted 07-30-2013 under NEWS

You can help Friends of Grand Rapids Parks with their efforts to keep our local parks clean and beautiful at their August Park Clean-Up event. They are partnering with the Grand Rapids Public Library to promote volunteerism and community engagement...

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Lessons in placemaking

by (FriendsofGRParks)

Submitted 06-11-2013 under PLACE-MATTERS

In the coming months, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks will contribute to Place Matters with features and updates on various initiatives across the City that we believe are creating a sense of place. Core to our mission is the concept that parks, trees...

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Community plants trees for Arbor Day

by (Cub Reporters Club)

Submitted 05-16-2013 under NONPROFITS

Chloe, Age 12 Planting trees is easy, right? You dig a hole, put a tree in it, and cover it up. Simple, right? Wrong. On Saturday, April 27, the Cub Reporters of the Cook Arts Center went to Riverside Park to get dirty and have some fun too! There...

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Mayor wins Climate Protection Award for Grand Rapids

by (mcolborn)

Submitted 07-09-2012 under NEWS

Mayor George Heartwell’s heart for the people of Grand Rapids and his view that caring for the environment is a matter of morals catapulted the city to the top honor as 2012 US Conference of Mayors’ Climate Protection Award Winner for...

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Organizers hope plant sale will increase tree cover in Grand Rapids

by (Kara Scheerhorn)

Submitted 03-22-2012 under NEWS

From now until April 9, greater Grand Rapids residents can do their part to green the landscape and increase urban tree cover by purchasing and planting goods at the 22nd Annual Spring Tree and Shrub Sale. The fundraiser, which encourages...

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