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  

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: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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?

2010-4-01

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