a friend indeed

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 and recognition

ideas that matter grant recipient
Sappi Fine Paper North America, 2013
Highly respected national grant program aimed at helping designers create and implement print projects for charitable causes.
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.
President’s Award
Keep Michigan Beautiful, 2011
Awarded to Friends of Grand Rapids Parks for leadership in beautification.
Gold Leaf Award
ISA, 2010
Awarded to Friends of Grand Rapids Parks for outstanding landscape beautification activities.