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Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Environment, Recreation & Sports, Sports, Urban & Community Economic Development

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

Geographic areas served: Grand Rapids

Programs: Develop community capacity to address issues impacting our urban forest canopy in grand rapids through a citizen forester program, tree inventory, and community web resource center.

organize, coordinate and manage volunteers to help improve parks through planning, clean ups and projects.

educate and build awareness amoung the residents of grand rapids about the benefits of parks and public spaces through the use of special events, data, research and publication.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 4

"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!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!