FRIENDS OF GRAND RAPIDS PARKS

Rating: 4.79 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Environment, Sports, Economic Development

Location: po box 3199 Grand Rapids MI 49501 USA

Mission: To protect, enhance and expand parks and public spaces in Grand Rapids
Geographic areas served: Grand Rapids

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Just recently learned about Friends of Grand Rapids Parks through local musician Kurt Denison! This is a wonderful cause and I look forward to becoming more involved.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

going to all of the local parks

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Friends of GR Parks is an exciting organization to be a part of and watch grow. They play a critical role in our community and have proven themselves to be an effective voice and advocate for urban parks and green space.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

parks throughout the City of Grand Rapids

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the passion and hard work of the leadership

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredible....passionate, thoughtful, environmentally minded, community oriented

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

develop parks throughout the City, secure additional green space in neighborhoods deplete green space, plant thousands of trees throughout the City, organize events and activities in the parks, and assist in implementing Green Grand Rapids

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Friends of Grand Rapids Park has been an positive influence in our neighborhood and the community. They link the average neighbors with the people in the city and get things done. They are working hard to keep and create new green space in the city. It is nice to know that someone is working hard to keep our city green.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my neighborhood and it has always been positive. Friends of GR Parks are always looking for ways to improve and preserve the green space in the city. They empower local businesses and neighborhoods to get involved and take ownership of their parks.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

"Friends" has an incredible ED whose commitment goes above and beyond! That neighborhoods are becoming involved has to do with his leadership. Our neighbors are beginning to realize the need for such an organization as this and are getting on board. It's a lovely thing, it is!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...start a foundation. Hire a consultant to best determine which parks are best utilized and distribute funds as needed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I stumbled upon Friends of Grand Rapids Parks when they were spreading wood chips at a local dog park I go to. What a great help this is, keeping the mud down and the appearance up! I am so grateful.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hillcrest Dog Park

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make Grand Rapids into a creative, joyful playground for all ages!

Ways to make it better...

I'd known about it in advance so I could help.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is fantastic - their annual event in downtown Grand Rapids really brings the need for natural outdoor space to light to all those who live, work, and travel through Grand Rapids.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

despite its short time in existence.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire more staff!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their annual downtown event.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

high quality with a great set of technical skills and passion for their goals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make Grand Rapids Parks fantastic.

Ways to make it better...

it continues to grow and get better!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

growing its donor base and budget.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Love your work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The Friends of GR Parks has works incredibly hard to improve and expand green spaces and parks throughout our city. Their organization has given our citizen a single source for volunteering and helping to keep up our public spaces. I just wish they would have started earlier. :)

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely passionate and energetic about the cause.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

FRiends of GR Parks is a proactive, inclusive, grassroots community organization that in its very short existence has raised hundreds of friends and volunteers to support, enhance and advocate for the parks in our community. The director is a spark plug for engaging representation from all neighborhoods and has inspired involvement of political officials, funders and corporations as well in these challenging times. A number of special events in the past year have raised widespread awareness of the need to become a "friend" in order to protect and sustain the park system as a critical part of the quality of life in our community. In a short time, we have come a long way in that regard.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

just one year of its existence...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

grassroots approach, political astuteness, careful deliberation of approach and activities

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Outstanding

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

endow the maintenance and enhancement of the parks in Grand Rapids

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Friends of GR Parks was wonderful to work with when I contacted them about setting up a park clean-up. Steve, the director, was wonderful at communicating back and forth as we coordinating the clean up. He's also been great as they are planning a city-wide park clean up this spring. It's great to get the residents of neighborhoods together to help take care of our park and I'm very happy there is an organization supporting it. I also enjoy checking out their website and reading their monthly newsletter.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a park clean-up at my local park.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the positive attitude of the staff and desire to make the city parks better for everyone.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

refurbish all the parks! New play equipment, new facilities (bathrooms, etc), upgrades to ball fields/tennis courts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I attended the kick off for Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and have been a donor. I've also served on a task force to start an "Adopt a Park" program which will further expand the role of this organization. I'm looking forward to some community spring cleanings!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with committed people in my community who care about the quality of life in Grand Rapids and understand that our public green spaces are worth the time and resources to maintain.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continually expand its volunteer base.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the excitement that both staff and volunteers share about the future of this organization and what we can do together to create outstanding parks and green space in this city.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

strategic in planning for a sustainable organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

invest some bucks for the future, use some bucks for maintenance and enhancements and fast forward a marketing plan to engage more citizens in becoming Friends of Grand Rapids Parks!

Ways to make it better...

I had even more time to give.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

bringing more residents on board who understand that the future of our parks depends on their active involvement in maintaining them and in supporting initiatives to provide revenue.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is a great example of what people with imagination and drive can do to improve their own environment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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