Grand Rpaids Friends of Parks
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May 2015
May 21st Annual 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!

Where: City Flats Hotel
83 Monroe Center St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

May 21st, 6:30-8:30

  • Mingle with Friends and receive updates on community achievements for parks and urban forestry
  • Special keynote presentation “From the Ground Up:  a Story of Community Action along the Bronx River” by Alexie Torres-Fleming
  • Honor community volunteers and leaders making a difference in our city with the 2nd annual


Civic and Community Leadership
Volunteer of the Year
Above and Beyond Award

The event is free with light appetizers. Casual attire.

RSVP is not required, but we’d love to keep you in the loop as the date approaches. You can register here or join our facebook event page.

More About Presenter Alexie Torres-Flemming

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.”

Annual Park Spruce-up - May 16th 9:30-12:30
Join Friends of Grand Rapids Parks for our annual spring cleaning day and show the world how much you love our parks! We are inviting neighborhood residents, City residents, families, friends, nature enthusiasts, and everyone in between to join us for this one day, ten park clean up!

Park Leaders and our superstar volunteers will be on hand at each park to welcome you and guide you to a fun park clean up project. Each park will have all the snacks, water, and tools you will need; all we need is you! Volunteers will work on lots of different projects but some potential projects include: pulling invasive plants, sprucing up playgrounds, and removing trash and debris. As with all of our volunteer events, folks should be sure to wear lace up shoes and bring along a pair of gloves.

Below is the full list of parks participating in our special park clean up day!

May 16th - 9:30am-12:30pm 
Various Locations

Bike Park, 570 Kirtland St SW Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Briggs Park, 350 Knapp NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Clemente Park, 546 Rumsey SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Highland Park, 700 College NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Hillcrest Park, 1415 Lyon NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Huff Park, 2399 Ball Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Mulick Park, 1761 Rosewood SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Oakdale Gardens, 902 Evergreen St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Richmond Park, 1101 Richmond NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Roosevelt Park, 739 Van Raalte SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Additional support for this event has been generously donated by Meijer!

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Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
PO Box 3199
Grand Rapids, MI 49501

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