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April 12, 2010

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April 12, 2010

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.

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just one year of its existence...

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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

April 9, 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

April 9, 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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