Andy Guy, President
Kristin Ray, Vice President
Bill Kirk, Secretary
Peter Homeyer, Treasurer
Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss
James Hurt, Public Services
The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is an independent, citizen led, nonprofit enterprise founded in 2008, working closely with but separate from the City, with the mission to identify specific park projects, mobilize people, and generate resources to protect, enhance, and expand the City's parks and public spaces. In a nutshell, we make park improvement projects happen by bringing together neighbors, park users, the City, funders, volunteers and contractors.
We believe that vibrant parks and public spaces are essential to support the community’s economic competitiveness, environmental health and cultural well-being. We understand that a healthy park system is a long-term commitment.
Visit the City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation to learn more about our parks system, recreation programs, and park reservations.
Awards & Recognition:
Governor's Service Award
Michigan Community Service Commission, 2013
Finalist - Outstanding Volunteer Program
National Urban Forest Leadership
Arbor Day Foundation, 2013
Awarded to Friends of Grand Rapids Parks for excellence in urban forest leadership
Above and Beyond Award
Heart of West Michigan United Way, 2013
Awarded to Friends of Grand Rapids Parks for our work around increasing volunteerism
Keep Michigan Beautiful, 2011
Awarded to Friends of Grand Rapids Parks for leadership in beautification
Gold Leaf Award
Awarded to Friends of Grand Rapids Parks for outstanding landscape beautification activities
city of grand rapids parks and recreation department