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.
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.