Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

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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Pleasant Park receives $300,000 development award

by (George)

Submitted 12-08-2011 under NEWS

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) has committed $300,000 of the total $731,00 needed to convert an empty 2.3 acre parking lot at the southeast corner of Madison Avenue and Pleasant Street to a fully functional neighborhood park....

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Catalyst Radio: 200 volunteers to build new playground in Aberdeen Park in just six hours

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 09-16-2011 under NONPROFITS

Don't have time to listen right now? Download the MP3 and listen at your leisure.   INTERVIEW (10:13) Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Amway join us on air to talk about their efforts, along with Creston Neighborhood Association and a few...

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Community gathers to build outdoor gym at MLK Park

by (LINC UP)

Submitted 06-24-2011 under NONPROFITS

After a long week of sitting at the computer it felt great to play in the dirt. Friday morning I joined Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and a diverse group of volunteers at Martin Luther King Park. The task at hand: to prep the grounds for Saturday...

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[AUDIO] Joe Taylor Park Set to Open on Grand Rapids' SE Side

by (WYCE_Matt)

Submitted 06-21-2011 under NEWS

West Michigan Environmental Action Council's Dan Schoonmaker speaks with Steve Faber, Executive Director of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. Faber talks about Baxter neighborhoods' new Joe Taylor Park, opening June 29th, saying the world-class...

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Community Foundation Awards $375,000 in New Grants

by (GRCommFound)

Submitted 04-14-2011 under NONPROFITS

In 1940, Grand Rapids Community Foundation made its first grant to a fledgling art school in Grand Rapids. It was followed by subsequent grants of $100 each in 1941 for the Kendall Memorial School and in 1942 for the David Wolcott Kendall School. In...

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WinterWest kicks off at Richmond Park

by (FriendsofGRParks)

Submitted 01-26-2011 under NONPROFITS

West Grand Neighborhood Organization, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and the City of Grand Rapids are teaming up to bring winter fun to the west side of Grand Rapids. The organizations have constructed an ice rink and are holding winter-themed...

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