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
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.