We want to sincerely thank our supporters and partners working toward a more green, vibrant, and fun Grand Rapids this year. Because of friends like you we are able to celebrate another great year improving our community parks and public spaces.

Happy New Year!

A look back at park news of 2012

2012 Results

Jan/Feb - celebrating winter Winter Rush competitors compete as part of WinterWest and Cool-laboration

March - school park protection and design begins at former GRPS sites

April - Mayor's Tree of the Year  and Adtegrity announces FGRP winner of first Operation Spotlight

May - Grand Rapids awarded Playful City USA designation by KaBOOM! and Urbanized screening

June - Cherry Park circle of sustainability and City of GR wins $15,000 SpritePark grant for at court at Westown Commons

July -Launch of the Urban Forest Project website and crowd sourced tree map


August - Green Gala receives A++ zero waste award and brings people together to celebrate parks and support FGRP

September - volunteers make a difference on National Day of Service , design team hired for memorial parks and Craft Revival helps to raise funds and awareness for FGRP through ArtPrize

October -  National NeighborWoods Month, Make a Difference Day, and Executive Director wins AIA Humanitarian Award

November/Dec. - Pleasant Park funding hits new milestone


Protected and developed community park plans for 2.5 acres of accessible park land at the former Eastern, Oakdale and Lexington school sites

Established first maintenance and improvement endowment at Grand Rapids Community Foundation for Joe Taylor Park

Launched the Urban Forest Project web resource center, hired program staff, and became 5th city in the nation with crowd-sourced tree inventory

Mobilized over 800 volunteers to improve local parks, and planted 95 trees in October to celebrate National NeighborWoods Month

Worked with the City, Heritage Hill and South Hill Neighborhoods to introduce new park assessment funding tool

Continued to develop our partnership with the City of Grand Rapids through the Parks Alive sponsorship and volunteer program  and piloting of  myGRcitypoints for volunteering

Lunched the new Park Finder resource on our website

Moved into a new office and instituted a new contact management system to improve our communication with volunteers and donors


How You Can Help Right Now

Please consider becoming a friend or renewing your support.


or send your pledge by mail: Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, PO Box 3199, Grand Rapids, MI 49501

Download our 2012 Year in Review (pdf)

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The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is an independent, citizen led, nonprofit enterprise with the mission to identify specific park projects, mobilize people, and generate resources to protect, enhance, and expand the city's parks and public spaces.


Grand Rapids is abundant with inviting and vibrant parks and public spaces that contribute to a healthy and prosperous city.

What We Want to See (in a nutshell)

  • Parks that provide access to outdoor recreation opportunities, support healthy lifestyles, and sustain clean water, land and natural habitat, which in turn attract businesses and visitors, and increase prosperity for a healthy economy.

(parks make a great city)
  • Parks, trails and an urban forest that connect neighborhoods, offer connection to the natural environment, and connect the community to each other through place and fun.

  • (parks, trees and trails connect our neighborhoods)
  • Grand Rapids' area residents recognize the importance of parks, trails, and trees in their lives and to their community.  They take responsibility for our shared community assets by investing time, individual and corporate contributions, and tax dollars.

  • (all of us working together)
  • Grand Rapids' area residents benefit from a healthy park system and recreation opportunities available to all, regardless of where they live, income, ethnicity or special needs.

  • (parks, trails, and trees benefit everyone)


    photos - top left to right: volunteers map trees at Garfield Park, Kids haul their crazy cardboard sled for WinterWest, Park supporters at the Green Gala 2012

    photos - side top to bottom: volunteers help replant Cheseboro Park, volunteers build a new community garden at Oakdale Gardens Park

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