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February 2013
 


 

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WinterWest - Jan 25-Feb 10

WinterWest Tree ID Walk - February 10th

Arbor Day Tree Planting- April 26-27th

 Green Gala 2013 - Save the Date- August 22nd

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Volunteer of the Year

  Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is honored to announce that Dotti Clune, a tireless advocate for trees and the urban forest, has received the Alliance for Community Trees 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award . The award highlights inspirational volunteers in action who have made a contribution to urban forestry by improving community trees and the neighborhoods where they live.

 “Volunteers are the heart of local tree nonprofits, providing the resources and energy that make tree planting and care possible,” says Carrie Gallagher, ACTrees Executive Director. “Dotti Clune embodies all the qualities that make for a great volunteer. She’s knowledgeable and passionate about urban forests, and an inspiring leader to those around her.”

As part of the award, Clune will receive a trip to Washington, DC this February to attend ACTrees Policy Summit where she will meet with Michigan’s Congressional delegation to promote the value of trees and green infrastructure for solving urban challenges.

Learn More about Dotti and the National Volunteer of the Year Award

Word from the Director

 

It's been a busy and fantastic winter for Friends of Grand Rapid Parks.  These (mostly) cold months usually allow our staff and volunteers the opportunity to reflect on the past year and lay plans for the next.  But this year our winter was punctuated by some exciting grass roots work and announcements. 

Pleasant Park supporters and neighbors had two opportunities to share their enthusiasm for a park Special Assessment with the City Commission and it officially passed in a 7-0 vote.  Private fundraising continues, but it is a significant milestone for the project.

The City of Grand Rapids officially launched the next phase of MyGRcitypoints and the opportunity for a park to receive $50,000 in improvements.  Volunteers can now earn points at many of our volunteer events, like MLK Day of Service, and donate those points to specific projects. 

By the end of January, cabin fever starts to set in.  So the opportunity to get out and build ice rinks is a great change of pace.  Hundreds of hot chocolates later, and the two weekends of WinterWest are in the books.  I'm constantly amazed when people stop in the warming shelter and say that they've never been to Richmond Park.  They walk away knowing they've found one of the hidden gems in the city.

Thank you to every one who helps to make winter another great season for parks and people.

Steve Faber

Executive Director

 

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