Parks needs your help to get out the vote in November
Over the next couple weeks, volunteers are
needed to knock doors, make calls, put up signs, and get the word out
about this historic vote for the future of our parks!
to sign up.
November 5th, the citizens of Grand Rapids will be asked to vote for
a short-term property millage that will annually generate nearly $4
million in dedicated funding to repair and improve our neighborhood
parks, playgrounds, and pools.
The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks has
officially endorsed the Yes!
GR Parks campaign,
joined by many other groups and individuals that
see this as a smart investment for our future. Both
Editorial Board and Grand Rapids Business Journal have written in support
of the parks millage in the last two weeks.
Please consider helping the Yes! GR Parks campaign
and the organizing committee Neighbors
for Parks, Pools & Playgrounds (NP3)
the next couple weeks leading up to November 5th.
Volunteers are needed to help canvas every
day between now and the election.
Visit www.yesgrparks.com to learn more, volunteer,
download a window sign to show your support, or donate.
Here are some additional resources if you
want more background information on this ballot measure.
Ballot Frequently Asked Questions -
City of Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids Parks Statement on the Yes! GR Parks campaign
|| Over the past two to
three weeks, amazing articles were written about
our community parks. Two weeks ago, Michael Tufflemire at the
Rapidian released a three part series entitled "Why Parks Matter",
describing the last 100 years of park development, the value of parks
in urban redevelopment, and the current state of Grand Rapids'
Part I -Why Parks Matter: The History of Park in Grand
Part II - Why Parks Matter: How our Parks Affect City
Part III - Why Parks Matter: The Current Condition and
How the Millage will Help
This series was followed up by a great article by Tim Gleisner of the
Grand Rapids Public Library describing the value of parks as places
where we connect with our past,
"Parks as Place Makers Record our City's History".
Last week, Rapid Growth Media's Tommy Allen profiled Huff Park in his
article, "Steps to Tomorrowland" urging our community to
look toward the future of parks.
We hope you can take a few minutes out of your busy day to read these
articles. Parks are the topic of the day, and these pieces paint
the picture of a vibrant past and hope for the future.
Planting and NeighborWoods Celebration
|Join Friends of Grand Rapids
Parks (FGRP) and many partners on Saturday, October 26th to
celebrate trees by planting new ones and participating in a variety of
activities. Tree Planting will occur from 9am-12pm and will be followed
by a series of events designed to celebrate the benefit of trees to our
We will be meeting in the parking lot near the Bandshell Shelter (in
the middle of the little league baseball fields).
Tree Planting, 9 am - 12 noon
Join us for a volunteer tree planting at 9 am. We will be
planting ~30 trees to celebrate NeighborWoods Month, a national celebration
of the Alliance for Community Trees!
We will provide all of the tools, training and trees. Dress for
the weather and bring a bottle of water and snack. Lunch will be
provided for volunteers. Register here.
Trick or Tree-O-Caching, 1 pm and 3 pm
All are welcome to join Friends of Grand Rapids Parks for Trick or
Tree-O-Caching, an exciting urban adventure as part of the
NeighborWoods Celebration. Using handheld GPS units, participants
will venture through Riverside Park as they are challenged to find
trees with special treats and prizes. Participants will have the
opportunity to learn about the popular pastime of geocaching, while
also learning about the economic value and importance of trees. Come
along for a great time, and don't forget to dress for the weather.
Halloween costumes are optional for added fun!
Teach for the Watershed, 1pm
Come see Teach for the Watershed demonstrate the Enviroscape while
discussing the importance of riparian and buffer zones in protecting
Teach for the Watershed (T4W) is an interactive watershed education
program based on the new Michigan Science Curriculum standards. T4W
provides tools to teachers and students that empower them to learn
about, and take action to improve and protect, their watersheds and our
Great Lakes. T4W is building the Next Generation of Great Lakes
Tree Climbing Demonstration, 3pm
Canopy Tree, Inc will demonstrate proper tree climbing and trimming
techniques. Canopy Tree is a locally owned, Grand Rapids based
tree care company. The owner and professional climber, Matthew
Kortenhoven, is an ISA Certified Arborist with more than 10 years of
experience in the industry of arboriculture.
Location: Riverside Park