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 December 2013



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Please consider a gift to Friends of GR Parks this Holiday Season

  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.

Grand Rapids voters in November 2013 approved a short-term property millage dedicated to improving the city parks system. Grand Rapidians overwhelmingly rejected ongoing disinvestment in our parks, pools, and playgrounds and voted “Yes!” for a higher quality of life.

We however receive no ongoing financial support from the voter-approved millage or the City of Grand Rapids. Your donation ensures Friends is able to support this valuable work for our community.

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When you donate to Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, you support community problem solving and real results.   Whether it's fighting for park land protection and expansion, launching innovative sponsorship and volunteer programs through Parks Alive, 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.

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is also currently raising funds to match a $25,000 challenge grant from the Steelcase Foundation for the neighborhood sponsorship and volunteer program, Parks Alive. Each corporate or business sponsor will have their sponsorship matched 1:1 until January 10th, 2014.   Each dollar your company contributes to a new park improvement,  generates another dollar to support the program's volunteer engagement, park improvement and community education efforts.

Please contact Steve Faber at 616-821-8006 or for additional donation or  sponsorship information.

There are two simple ways to give - click here or the donate button above to give 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.

Featured Event

Pleasant Park "Depave" Ceremony

sledgehammerJoin us for this monumental moment of depaving a parking lot to make way for the future Pleasant Park, over 3 years in the making. Join neighbors, elected officials, city staff, and friends for brief ceremonial swinging of sledgehammers to usher in the next era of green space for Heritage and South Hill Neighborhoods.

December 2, 2013 4pm
400 Pleasant SE
More about Pleasant Park

Sponsorship Opportunities - brick, tree, bike rack bench


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