Grand Rpaids Friends of Parks
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April 2015
Save the Date - Annual Spring Membership Event

Come celebrate another year of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks at our Annual Spring Membership Event:

This event is free and open to everyone!

May 21st, 6:30pm
City Flats Hotel - Grand Rapids

  • Listen to a special keynote presentation by Alexie Torres-Fleming (bio below)
  • Mingle with Friends and receive updates on community achievements for parks and urban forestry
  • Honor community volunteers and leaders making a difference in our city with the 2015 Garfield Awards for Civic and Community Leadership, Volunteer of the Year, and Above and Beyond Award.

The event is free with light appetizers. Casual attire.

More About Presenter Alexie Torres-Fleming:

“Torres-Fleming has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the 2008 Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism; The Caritas Medal from the Vincentian Society for her service to the poor; and the “Servitor Pacis—Servant of Peace” award from the Permanent Observer Mission of the Vatican to the United Nations. In January 2009, she was named one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” by the Utne Reader. In addition to her work with YMPJ, she sits on several boards, and is the co-founder of such organizations as the Bronx River Alliance and the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance.”

Featured Event: Arbor Day 2015
Arbor Day Tree Planting on April 24th.

 Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, the City of Grand RapidsFair Housing Center of West MichiganGarfield Park Neighborhood Association, and local volunteers will plant between 50 and 60 street trees in the Garfield Park Neighborhood. These trees will be planted to improve tree diversity and beautify the neighborhood's streets. Every helping hand gathered will be greatly appreciated as the efforts of volunteers are what helps drive these events and programs.

Join us at 1pm on April 24th at the Garfield Park Gym parking lot to plant new trees! FGRP provides the tools, trees, and training. You will need drinking water, any snacks you might want, closed-toed shoes, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and gloves.Volunteers will meet at the gym parking lot and disperse by groups to nearby streets where trees will be planted.

Please contact Rachel ( to register.

This project is funded in part by the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, and donations from friends like you.

enhancing, expanding, and protecting our community parks
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
PO Box 3199
Grand Rapids, MI 49501

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