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Volunteer At Movies In The Neighborhood Parks – Clemente Park

June 22, 2019 | 5:00 PM | Community Partner Event,Volunteer Event

Are you interested in volunteering at Movies In The Neighborhood Parks?  We need your help to ensure we have a great event.  Each volunteer will receive a FREE t-shirt. Duties will include: Assisting with set-up for the event, trash maintenance during the event, breakdown and clean-up after the event. Sign up the entire night or chose a shift that works best for you.  Register here. Set-up Crew – 5:00  – 8:00 pm Breakdown Crew – 7:30 – 10:30 pm  …

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Clemente Park – Movies In The Neighborhood Park

June 22, 2019 | 7:00 PM | Community Partner Event,Special Event

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks in collaboration with the Grand Rapids Police Department and City of Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting free family-friendly movies in our neighborhood parks this summer!   Popcorn 🍿 will be provided by Celebration Cinema, water to quench your thirst will also be provided, as well as a free family-friendly movie 🎞. Feel free to bring along lawn chairs, blankets and snacks, but please no alcoholic beverages.   7:00 pm – Community…

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Volunteer At Movies In The Neighborhood Park – MLK Park

July 20, 2019 | 5:00 PM | Community Partner Event,Volunteer Event

Are you interested in volunteering at Movies In The Neighborhood Parks?  Join our Movie Crew.  We need your help to ensure we have a great event.  Each volunteer will receive a FREE t-shirt. Duties will include: Assisting with set-up for the event, trash maintenance during the event, breakdown and clean-up after the event. Sign up the entire night or chose a shift that works best for you.  Register here. Set-up Crew – 5:00  – 8:00 pm Breakdown Crew – 7:30…

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The 6th Annual Family Fiesta

August 23, 2019 | 5:00 PM | Community Partner Event

The 6th Annual Family Fiesta hosted by the Roosevelt Park Advocates is August 23, 2019. Get ready to enjoy a day filled with fun, community resources, food, and movement! Family. Friends. Food. Fun. FREE. What do these have in common? They will all be a part of this year’s Family Fiesta! Don’t miss out on all the fun at Roosevelt Park! Interested in volunteering?  There are plenty of ways to support this event.  Sign up here to help make this…

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Volunteer At Movies In Eastern Park

August 24, 2019 | 5:00 PM | Community Partner Event,Volunteer Event

Are you interested in volunteering at Movies In The Neighborhood Parks?  Join our Movie Crew!  We need your help to ensure we have a great event.  Each volunteer will receive a FREE t-shirt. Duties will include: Assisting with set-up for the event, trash maintenance during the event, breakdown and clean-up after the event. Sign up the entire night or chose a shift that works best for you.  Register here. Set-up Crew – 5:00  – 8:00 pm Breakdown Crew – 7:30…

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Eastern Park – Movies In The Neighborhood Park

August 24, 2019 | 7:00 PM | Community Partner Event

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks in collaboration with the Grand Rapids Police Department and City of Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting free family-friendly movies in our neighborhood parks this summer!   Popcorn 🍿 will be provided by Celebration Cinema, water to quench your thirst will also be provided, as well as a free family-friendly movie 🎞. Feel free to bring along lawn chairs, blankets and snacks, but please no alcoholic beverages.   7:00 pm – Community…

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Joe Taylor Park – Movies In The Neighborhood Park

September 7, 2019 | 6:30 PM | Community Partner Event

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks in collaboration with the Urban League of West Michigan and the City of Grand Rapids will be hosting a free family-friendly movie in Joe Taylor Park. Feel free to bring along lawn chairs, blankets and snacks, but please no alcoholic beverages.   6:30 pm – Community partners will be providing yard games, music, dance, entertainment, as well as recreational activities for all ages 9:30 pm – movie starts 🎥

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WinterWest Celebration at Richmond Park

January 4, 2020 | 10:00 AM | Community Partner Event

Join us on January 4, 2020 as WinterWest returns to Richmond Park! This is a free event that encourages people to get out and enjoy winter in our Grand Rapids parks. The park will be filled with winter activities for your family to try from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.. Go on a snowshoe hike, try out a fat tire bike, or pop into the pavilion for kid-friendly crafts and hot chocolate to warm up! And of course, don’t forget the…

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Neighborhood Feedback Session

January 15, 2020 | 5:30 PM | Community Partner Event,Urban Forest Project Event

This year, the Mayor’s Greening Initiative is coming to the Garfield Park neighborhood! This is an annual one-day volunteer project on April 25 that adds hundreds of trees to our city’s urban forest. We know that there will be some questions from neighbors. Does this impact my property long-term? Is anything required of me? What types of trees will be planted? What will traffic be like on the day of the planting project? Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the…

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Family Fun Day at Indian Trails

January 25, 2020 | 11:00 AM | Community Partner Event

  This winter season, Indian Trails Golf Course has opened up its trail system for fat tire biking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing! While most days a low-cost trail pass is needed, on Jan. 25, it’s a free Family Fun Day! Join us and friends from Junior League of Grand Rapids for a jam-packed day of outdoor adventure. Grab a pair of Friends of GR’s snowshoes, which were purchased with funds from Junior League and are used across the city for…

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Snowshoe at Ah-Nab-Awen Park

January 28, 2020 | 6:00 PM | Community Partner Event

Feel the crunch of the snow under your feet and enjoy nature at this FREE spectacular snowshoeing event at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Snowshoes will be provided. Don’t forget to dress warm! Snowshoe at the Park is one of many events during our 2020 World of Winter Festival, hosted by our friends at Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. ABOUT WORLD OF WINTER This month-long festival, organized by DGRI and partners, is designed to take advantage of Michigan’s cold climate, provide fun ways for…

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Community Feedback Session

February 1, 2020 | 10:00 AM | Community Partner Event,Urban Forest Project Event

This year, the Mayor’s Greening Initiative is coming to the Garfield Park neighborhood! This is an annual one-day volunteer project on April 25 that adds hundreds of trees to our city’s urban forest. We know that there will be some questions from neighbors. Does this impact my property long-term? Is anything required of me? What types of trees will be planted? What will traffic be like on the day of the planting project? Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the…

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Litter Clean-Up Walk

May 16, 2020 | 8:00 AM | Community Partner Event,Volunteer Event

Today we challenge our friends to spend at least 15 minutes outside, picking up litter and debris. Walk through your local park or maybe just your neighborhood! Every bit helps to beautify our city. In the past few weeks, Friends (like many other organizations) has postponed numerous volunteer projects for the health and safety of our community. While we know this is an important step to our recovery, our outdoor spaces still need some love! Instead of gathering for group…

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Green Gala 2020

August 13, 2020 | 5:30 PM | Special Event

On Aug. 13, 2020, we’ll host our 9th annual Green Gala: Picnic Edition! Specially curated picnic baskets with local fare can be enjoyed with live music at Ah-Nab-Awen Park or virtually in your own backyard. Learn about Green gala: Picnic Edition here View basket menus, reserve your basket and picnic time, and see FAQs!   Though mingling might look different these days, we look forward to the opportunity to gather with like-minded neighbors who activate, steward, and advocate for our…

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In the Trees Book Club Discussion

September 15, 2020 | 5:30 PM | Community Partner Event

Our next book club selection is “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Grab your copy here! If you’d like to join the discussion, make sure you sign up through our website 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: “Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman,…

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Pumpkin Party at Ah-Nab-Awen-Park

October 1, 2020 | 5:00 PM | Special Event

We invite families and friends to join us at Ah-Nab-Awen Park to pick up a pumpkin and painting kit, and enjoy some s’mores around the campfire. We’ll have supplies for 100 households available (1 pumpkin, paint kit and s’mores kit per family). Your family’s safety is our top priority! In accordance with government guidelines for COVID-19, the event is limited to 100 attendees at a time. We’ve organized all activities to be contact-free, and will require all attendees to wear…

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Pumpkin Party at Garfield Park

October 2, 2020 | 5:00 PM | Special Event

We invite families and friends to join us at Garfield Park to pick up a pumpkin and painting kit, and enjoy some s’mores around the campfire. We’ll have supplies for 100 households available (1 pumpkin, paint kit and s’mores kit per family). Your family’s safety is our top priority! In accordance with government guidelines for COVID-19, the event is limited to 100 attendees at a time. We’ve organized all activities to be contact-free, and will require all attendees to wear…

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Pumpkin Party at Roosevelt Park

October 3, 2020 | 5:00 PM | Special Event

We invite families and friends to join us at Roosevelt Park to pick up a pumpkin and painting kit, and enjoy some s’mores around the campfire. We’ll have supplies for 100 households available (1 pumpkin, paint kit and s’mores kit per family). Your family’s safety is our top priority! In accordance with government guidelines for COVID-19, the event is limited to 100 attendees at a time. We’ve organized all activities to be contact-free, and will require all attendees to wear…

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Trek Park Trails

November 6, 2020 | 12:00 AM | Special Event

a self-led hike, walk or run TO HELP YOU DISCOVER ALL OUR PARK TRAILS & PATHS HAVE TO OFFER Trek Park Trails is not a race, but self-led hike, walk or run to help you discover all that our park trails and paths have to offer, enjoy the fall colors, and connect to nature.   support parks, get swag! When you register as an official participant of the first ever Trek Park Trails, you support future park beautification projects – and get…

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In the Trees Book Club Discussion

November 19, 2020 | 5:30 PM | Special Event

Our next book club selection is “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from A Secret World” If you’d like to join the discussion, make sure you sign up through our website 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. SIGN UP HERE — About the Book: Are trees social…

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In the Trees Book Club

January 21, 2021 | 5:30 PM | Special Event

Our next Book Club selection is Clemens Arvay’s book, “The Biophilia Effect: A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature”. If you’d like to join the discussion, make sure you sign up for our book club 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: The Biophilia Effect…

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Live Chat: Advocacy’s Role in Park Restoration

January 28, 2021 | 5:30 PM | Special Event

Join us for a live conversation about how you – the neighbors and friends of GR’s city parks – can be involved in restoring and stewarding these spaces. Our volunteer coordinator Claire will be interviewing Adopt-a-Park volunteer Carl Johnson about his experience advocating for Sundial Park. Sundial Park, Grand Rapids smallest park, is located on the southwest corner of 505 Cherry SE (the Hillmount Apartments). Originally, the symbol of the park was a small statue holding a sundial. The sundial…

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Love Your Park

February 11, 2021 | 11:00 AM | Special Event

Love Your Park is an annual gathering (virtual in 2021!) of Grand Rapids neighbors to celebrate the love of our parks and trees. Tune in to the event online for free! you’ll hear from neighbors about inspiring park experiences, learn how you can help others have moments like this, AND HAVE A LITTLE FUN! Learn more about Love Your Park and register to receive the webinar link.  

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Happy Hearts Park Stroll

February 12, 2021 | 6:00 PM | Special Event

We invite neighbors of all ages to experience the magic of a luminary-lit wintry stroll at one of three city parks: Huff Park, Garfield Park Nature Reserve or Roosevelt Park. Come with friends, kiddos, a partner, or enjoy a beautiful evening alone! The luminary-lit paths at these three parks will be set up for three nights: Feb. 12, 13, and 14 from 6-9 p.m. In accordance with government guidelines for COVID-19, the event will be contact-free, and all groups will…

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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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