Friends in the news

It takes a city to build a park

 

It Takes a City to Build A Park

It only seems fitting that this year, we would also build a brand new park in partnership with KaBoom, Amway Corporation, and City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation as well as numerous sponsors.

This new park is actually revitalizing an old playground at the now closed Eastern Elementary school that still holds a lot of historic charm in the Highland Park neighborhood. Recently, our friends at ICCF purchased the building and in the near future, the building will be brought back to life as affordable family housing.

This new playground brought together neighbors, corporate partners, and local sponsors. One story that became one of our favorites and worth highlighting in particular is Jake and Audrey Bouck. They were a part of the original design day and later made a gift to the park project to help in the fundraising efforts for the playground. On build day, Jake Bouck showed up and dug in to help bring the playground to life.

This is true philanthropy and the heart and soul of mission at Friends of GR Parks. We love it when people give not only of their time, but also of their talent and treasure to affect their entire neighborhood through parks and trees!

And we also want to recognize so many other partners that gave gifts and time to support this build in our community. Thank you to; Thornapple River Capital, Third Coast Development, Fluresh, Milt and Barbara Rohwer, Grand Valley State University, Bethany Christian Services, ICCF, Audrey and Jake Bouck, Meijer, Kingma’s, Grand Coney, Bagel Beanery and Boxed Water.

Thank you so much for all involved in this year’s KaBoom build. We hope it is one of many to come.

-Your friends at Friends

Stephanie, Dia, Audrey, Marissa, and Maggie

Back to Articles