Grand Rpaids Friends of Parks
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December 2014
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We Need Your Support

This is a critical time of year for the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks to raise the funds needed to sustain and advance our mission to protect, enhance, and expand parks and public spaces in our city. 

Your donation ensures Friends is able to support this valuable work for our community.  

When you donate to Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, you support community problem solving and real results.  Check out our year in review from 2014 to see some of the impact we are having thanks to the support of our community. 

Whether it's fighting for park land protection and expansion, launching innovative sponsorship and volunteer programs, growing our award winning Urban Forest Project, serving as a community resource for park and forest issues, or hosting unique special events that raise awareness about the value of parks and trees, we are committed to charting a new course to get the important work done for our community.

Become or renew your support as a "friend" by donating online, or mail a check to Friends of GR Parks, po box 3199, Grand Rapids, MI 49501.  Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, so contributions are tax deductible.

Other fun ways to give this season:

Purchase a Cocktail Recipe Book from our friends at the Essence Restaurant Group.

Give a gift that grows! These custom gift cards support local tree planting and can be given to your clients, friends, and family for any occasion.  They are a great way to show you support growing our urban forest and parks system.
Other news

Some key themes emerge from Park Planning efforts:

Starting in late September, eight neighborhoods worked with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the City of Grand Rapids Parks, Recreation Forestry Dept. and Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to complete new concept plans for their parks. Neighbors, stakeholders, and the broader community were invited to help create and verify park concept plans and identify priority improvement projects. 

All 8 parks (Highland, Lincoln, Garfield, Roosevelt, Westown Commons, Cherry, Wilcox, and Fuller) now have concept plans that will be on display on Wednesday, December 3rd at the Gerald R. Ford Academic Center from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

As we've worked through the process, there are several key themes that have emerged across the various parks.  We will discuss some of these themes in greater detail at the open house on December 3rd.  

  • We can use existing resources for new purposes
  • Flexible spaces are required in order to grow with our community
  • Gathering spots can pull us together
  • Basic amenities are essential
  • Safety remains a key concern
  • Environment and open spaces need to be preserved
  • New partnerships will be required to get it all done

Neighbors, park users, and interested groups are encouraged to stop by to view these concept plans and talk with the Neighborhood Planning Teams, Viridis Design, Progressive A/E, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and the City of Grand Rapids.

Additional information and background materials for each park can be found on our website.

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Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
PO Box 3199
Grand Rapids, MI 49501

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