||The Work-In is back, after a year away!
Gather your friends and co-workers and join us at The Mitten Brewing
Co. on March 20 for the "first" round of March Madness at the
Friends of GR Parks WORK-IN.
Bring your laptop, client meetings, and TPS reports along so you can
get some work done while you watch the games (or don't, and just watch
the games - it's up to you!)
Brewing Co. has reserved a limited number of tables for the
event, so be sure to register your group soon!
* $250 reserves table of 6 for entire afternoon.
* $175 reserves table of 4 for entire afternoon.
* $45 reserves an individual seat for the afternoon.
You can reserve additional tables if you have a larger group, but we
are limiting table reservations to 4 or 6 people per table, based on
table reservation will first and foremost guarantee seating on
what’s likely to be a busy day. And on top of all that, your table
reservation is tax deductible and will go directly to support new park
amenities in Grand Rapids! We will have some fun table games and
give away prizes too!
full of fun!
||The long, cold winter doesn't stop the
community from having fun in parks
Richmond Park and Wilcox
Park were both host to three great events in February that
brought the community together to celebrate winter and enjoy
reconnecting with neighbors during a time of year where it's more
comfortable to sit inside under a warm blanket.
On Saturday morning, February 2nd, hockey teams took to the ice at Richmond Park to
participate in the 3 on 3 Hockey Tournament sponsored by Open Systems
Technologies. The Hockey Tournament was part of the annual
event organized by Friends of Grand Rapids Parks in partnership with
the City of GR Parks & Rec., and WelcomeWest. The tournament was
played with 20 minute games, no goalies, and small slot goals to
encourage puck handling. After 4 hours of intense and tiring games, the
Grand Rapids Bandits remained undefeated all day and were crowned
Later that afternoon, neighbors around Wilcox Park organized a pizza
party and open skate on their ice rink. The shelter was open so
neighbors could warm up with hot chocolate from Lantern Coffee Bar and
Lounge and pizza from Harmony Brewing Co. Kids and adults took to the
ice for pick up games of hockey, tag, and loops around the ice. For
many kids it was their first time on ice skates, and many adults had
not been on skates in many years. Neighbor Rick Beerhorst put it best
when he said, "This is the most fun I've ever had at Wilcox Park!"
Volunteers from the Eastown Community Association have been helping to
clear the ice of snow and to keep the rink in good condition for
On Sunday afternoon, February
3, over 50 participants crafted cardboard and duct
tape into winning designs for the Crazy Cardboard Sled Competition at
Richmond Park. Corrigan Moving Systems provided cardboard, tape,
sled building classes right before the race for last minute entries.
This special event was part of WinterWest and was sponsored by Grand
Rapids Public Schools. Local elementary schools, like Coit Creative
Arts Academy, took part in the event along with residents from all
across the city. The sled competition had two prize categories, longest
distance traveled and most creative design. The distance category
winner was a sled piloted by Gage Klocko, 11, and Jacob Crinion, 12,
and the best design was awarded to DeGraaf family for their Muppet car.
Winners received Griffins Tickets, apparel from Michigan Awesome,
bowling passes from Wengers, and a new sled. Park visitors were able to
warm up at the Richmond shelter all day with hot chocolate and coffee.