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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.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

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.