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It’s My Park Day!

April 16, 2021 | 12:00 AM | Volunteer Event

Join your neighbors to help get our city parks ready for the summer! Projects are planned for parks across the city, where volunteers will help pick up trash, beautify flowerbeds, and more. Check if a project is planned at your park and sign up to join! Projects are happening from 10-1 on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17. are you a site leader? Go ahead and fill out our this quick form so your volunteer team can get to…

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“Ask an Arborist” Q&A with Our Team

April 20, 2021 | 12:00 PM | Urban Forest Project Event

As we gear up for summer and the celebration of Arbor Day, trees are on our minds! Do you have a tree-related question you’ve been wishing you could ask an expert? Now is your chance! Send your tree questions to our Urban Forest team at info@friendsofgrparks.org. Then hop online for our live stream and hear them unpack questions from you and your neighbors!

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In the Trees Book Club

April 22, 2021 | 5:30 PM | Special Event

Our second Book Club selection of 2021 is Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage by Diane Glave. If you’d like to join the discussion, we encourage you to check local bookstores to get your copy! Make sure you sign up so you receive discussion questions and the Zoom link! If you signed up for a previous book club, you are still on our list and will automatically receive all the information needed. — About the Book: In Rooted…

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Branching Out in Advocacy Class

April 28, 2021 | 6:00 PM | Classes

If you want to affect sustainable change for our community’s parks and trees, join us for our advocacy class, Branching Out! The class will be hosted virtually via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link via email.   Chaining oneself to a tree definitely makes a point, but there are many other (more effective!) ways to voice concerns and draw attention to local environmental issues. Led by our Urban Forest Team, this class aims to empower you to have powerful conversations…

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Arbor Day Celebration (Mayor’s Greening Initiative)

May 1, 2021 | 12:00 AM | Urban Forest Project Event

The Mayor’s Greening Initiative works to engage the entire community in reaching our city’s 40 percent tree canopy goal. While we know that trees add to the quality of life for those who live, work and play in our city, this event is truly about welcoming neighbors to make a difference in their community. In 2021, the initiative will focus on planting trees in the Burton Heights neighborhood and Plaster Creek Park. 2021 schedule of events MAY 1: Arbor Day Celebration Planting…

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Tree Giveaway (Mayor’s Greening Initiative)

May 8, 2021 | 12:00 AM | Urban Forest Project Event

The Mayor’s Greening Initiative works to engage the entire community in reaching our city’s 40 percent tree canopy goal. While we know that trees add to the quality of life for those who live, work and play in our city, this event is truly about welcoming neighbors to make a difference in their community. In 2021, the initiative will focus on planting trees in the Burton Heights neighborhood and Plaster Creek Park. 2021 schedule of events MAY 1: Arbor Day Celebration Planting…

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Volunteer Garlic Mustard Pull at Aman Park

May 8, 2021 | 10:00 AM | Volunteer Event

It’s confirmed – the invasive species, Garlic Mustard, has started to appear along trails at the beloved Aman Park! Let’s get out and clean up! The West Michigan Conservation Network is co-hosting this important volunteer project. They will provide a brief introduction to Garlic Mustard and lesson on identification and removal techniques. Then volunteers will break into smaller groups to scan and remove the plant. Details: Gloves and bags will be provided.   You may consider bringing your own pair of…

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Movies in the Park: MLK

June 18, 2021 | 7:00 PM

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is excited to bring Movies in the Park, the free, family-friendly summer series, back to five neighborhood parks this summer! Feel free to bring along lawn chairs, blankets and snacks, but please no alcoholic beverages. Schedule for each event: 7:00 pm – Community partners will be providing yard games, music, dance, entertainment, as well as recreational activities for all ages 9:00 pm – Movie starts! (movie for this date is yet to be chosen –…

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Movies in the Park: Sullivan Field

July 17, 2021 | 7:00 PM | Special Event

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is excited to bring Movies in the Park, the free, family-friendly summer series, back to five neighborhood parks this summer! Feel free to bring along lawn chairs, blankets and snacks, but please no alcoholic beverages. Schedule for each event: 7:00 pm – Community partners will be providing yard games, music, dance, entertainment, as well as recreational activities for all ages 9:00 pm – Movie starts! (movie for this date is yet to be chosen –…

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