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April 10, 2010

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April 10, 2010

The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks are bringing a new focus to our parks system, which has been chronically underfunded over the last decade. They have organized Park Cleanup days and have organized volunteer groups in our parks, both of which have been difficult tasks for our parks department, due to extensive staff cuts. The Friends have also been working towards more aggressive and long term solutions to our park funding, programming, development and acquisition issues. Further, they have been proponents of integrating our parks into our community life.

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

my role as the Chair of the Parks and Recreation Board and as a citizen and lover of parks.

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

I led the park cleanup at my local park last year, and it was really a joy to make an improvement.

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

brilliant, thoughtful, well spoken, and pleasant.

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

completely transform our city! Grand Rapids, City of Parks! With $10 million, the Friends could really push the issue of appropriate funding levels and ensure a long term, sustainable funding model for our city and county.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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April 10, 2010

I am so grateful that the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is working to make our community a better place. The quality of life in Grand Rapids continues to improve, I attribute this success to the investment community leaders have made in developing 'Friends'. I am looking forward to watching this organization grow!

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

extremely knowledgeable, capable and passionate. It is encouraging to see individuals with such talent leading this organization. They work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for Grand Rapidians.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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April 9, 2010

I love Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. Seriously. The mission engages so many people-- and people are passionate about their parks. Last year at Parks Clean-Up Day, I met a man with his ten year old son raking, picking up trash and removing branches from our neighborhood park's open space. He told me he had just gotten off third shift (implying he hadn't slept yet) and this was a great thing to do with his son. He and his son stayed for hours cleaning up their park. Friends of Grand Rapids Parks helps engage families and their communities around their shared, open space.

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

We could do so much with $10 million. There are so many opportunities in Grand Rapids to purchase new park land or fix up current parks or expand green space. We fall below the national average for park land. It would be great to be well above average.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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April 9, 2010

I've worked with the Friends board, membership and executive director Steve Faber for a year. Together we continue to recruit a growing army of Friends, raise money, build partnerships and upset the status quo in City Hall - all in the service of better parks, a stronger economy, improved environmental stewardship and a healthier community. The organization is solutions-oriented, with the elbow grease and credibility in the community to get the job done.

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

leverage another $10M in local funds to rebuild Joe Taylor, Ball Perkins, Butterworth and Lookout parks, establish an entirely new park at Madison and Pleasant, rebuild the Fulton Street Farmer's market, restore the rapids in the Grand River...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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