Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. hints at Movies in the Park lineup

by (DowntownGR)

Submitted 05-06-2014 under NEWS

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks have revealed a teaser video and public competition as a means of announcing the 2014 lineup for their wildly successful Movies in the Park series. DGRI commissioned local...

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Build a greener city: how investing in The Rapidian invests in your community

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 04-14-2014 under NONPROFITS

This video tells the story of how we build a greener city and build community thanks to investments in The Rapidian. In this video, Rapidian reporter Mariah Kennedy inspires volunteer Kyle Liechty to help plant trees with Friends of Grand Rapids...

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Urban Forest Project to host community tree planting event at Dickinson Buffer Park

by (jwiegand08)

Submitted 04-08-2014 under NEWS

On Saturday, April 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Urban Forest Project will hold a community tree planting event at Dickinson Buffer Park. The event is open to the public with all necessary tools, trees and training provided by Friends of Grand...

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Joe Taylor Park recognized as national city park leader

by (FriendsofGRParks)

Submitted 03-25-2014 under NONPROFITS

In recognition of its unique approach to partnerships and green infrastructure, Joe Taylor Park has been named one of 12 “Frontline Parks,” a nationwide contest sponsored each year by City Parks Alliance. Joe Taylor Park was selected...

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Sietsema Orchards to host fruit tree planting workshop

by (FriendsofGRParks)

Submitted 03-18-2014 under NEWS

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is partnering with the Kent and Montcalm Conservation Districts to present a workshop on the growing, maintenance and pruning of fruit trees. The event will take place on March 22 at Sietsema Orchards in Ada (8540...

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Temporary ice rinks created for two Uptown parks

by (erictank)

Submitted 01-21-2014 under NEWS

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks (FOGRP) has initiated the facilitation of temporary ice skating rinks in both Cherry and Wilcox parks. The Eastown Community Association and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks teamed up to build an ice rink in Wilcox Park...

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Planting party to celebrate the breweries of beer city

by (Molly Heinhuis)

Submitted 10-15-2013 under NEWS

This past summer, Grand Rapids' breweries created and sold their own versions of a tree-inspired craft beer. All 18 breweries sold their tree-inspired beer in order to support the Grand Rapids Urban Forest Project and Friends of Grand Rapids...

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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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