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Mayor’s Greening Initiative Arbor Day Planting

April 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mayor's Greening Initiative


TREES PROVIDE AMAZING SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS TO OUR CITY. That is why in 2011 the Green Grand Rapids amendment to the City’s master plan established a 40 percent tree canopy goal. Grand Rapids has a current tree canopy cover of 34.6 percent, which means our community is only 5.4 percent shy of our goal.

MAYOR BLISS HAS COMMITTED TO THE NEW MAYOR’S GREENING INITIATIVE to reach that goal. The Greening Initiative targets areas of our city with low tree canopy cover and provides tree plantings in these areas. The Mayor’s Greening Initiative not only will green our city but also will help us combat climate change, clean our air and waterways, and bring us closer than ever to obtaining our 40 percent canopy cover goal.

Each year – with help from the City’s Forestry Department and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks – Mayor Bliss will host a Greening Initiative Tree Planting that will bring together community and corporate volunteers to plant hundreds of trees around the city in one day.

The 2017 Mayor’s Greening Initiative Arbor Day Planting will take place on Arbor Day, April 28th! We will plant over 350 trees in and around Martin Luther King Park.

Volunteer Update:

We are excited to say that we have met our volunteer cap for this planting and volunteer registration is closed! 



Thank you to our 2017 Mayor’s Greening Initiative Arbor Day Tree Planting Sponsors! The 2017 MGI would not be possible without your support.
Amway Grand Plaza
Bartlett Tree Experts
Dick and Betsy DeVos
Ellis Parking Company
Erhardt Construction
Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber
Grand Valley State University
J.C. Huizenga
Life EMS Ambulance
Macatawa Bank
Mercantile Bank of Michigan
New Holland Brewing Co.
Pioneer Construction
PLANt for the Future
Rockford Construction
West Michigan Caterer

Thank you to our 2017 MGI Partners for your time and resources to make this event successful.
Baxter Community Center
Baxter Neighborhood Association
Boxed Water
Celebration Cinema
Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church
Excel Church
Grand Rapids Public Schools
Grand Rapids Urban League
Ferris Coffee & Nut Co.
Dawn Fox and Students at Ferris State University School of Social Work
Modern Hardware
Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church
Oakdale Neighbors
Oakdale Park Church
Sherman Street Church


April 28, 2017
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Martin Luther King Park
900 Fuller Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States
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