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

Governor’s Service Award 

Michigan Community Service Commission, 2015

Recipient—Outstanding Volunteer Program.

Community Service Award
Arboriculture Society of MI, 2015
Awarded for engaging community
ideas that matter grant recipient
Sappi Fine Paper North America, 2013
Governor’s Service Award
Michigan Community Service Commission, 2013
Finalist—Outstanding Volunteer Program.
National Urban Forest Leadership
Arbor Day Foundation, 2013
Awarded for excellence in urban forest leadership
Above and Beyond Award
Heart of West Michigan United Way, 2013
Awarded for our work around increasing volunteerism
President’s Award
Keep Michigan Beautiful, 2011
Awarded for leadership in beautification
Gold Leaf Award
ISA, 2010
Awarded for outstanding landscape beautification activities