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The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is an independent, citizen led, nonprofit enterprise founded in 2008, working closely with but separate from the city. Our mission is to identify specific park projects, mobilize people, and generate resources to protect, enhance, and expand the city's parks and public spaces.

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Oakdale Gardens

  • 902 Evergreen St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49507  View Map
  • 1.0 acres

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Est. 2012 – park was dedicated in spring 2013

Formally Oakdale Elementary School, Grand Rapids Public Schools sold the 3.7 acre property in 2010. River City Scholars currently occupies the school building. As part of the school sale to National Heritage Academies, 1 acre of park land was developed and donated to the City of Grand Rapids for a public park.  The school and community share use of the park and community garden.

The park concept below was generated as part of a neighborhood planning initiative, Schoolyards to Neighborhood Parks, to preserve public park land being sold by Grand Rapids Public Schools.

park amenities

  • Basketball Court -1/2
  • Community Garden -contact Oakdale Neighbors or River City Scholars for more information
  • Playground -uniform surface
  • City Owned Parks & Public Spaces
  • Picnic Shelter


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