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Cherry Park Ice Rink Build

January 21, 2017 | 10:00 AM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders

Help East Hills Council of Neighbors build an ice skating rink at Cherry Park on 1/21 at 10am!

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Pleasant Park Gardening Day

May 13, 2017 | 9:00 AM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders

Join FGRP for a morning of gardening fun at Pleasant Park, funded by the Parks Alive Leaders mini-grant program!

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Dickinson Park Clean Up

May 20, 2017 | 9:00 AM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders

Join Parks Alive Leaders for a Saturday morning clean up at Dickinson Park

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Coit Park Summer Spruce Up

June 17, 2017 | 10:00 AM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders

Join Friends of Grand Rapids Parks for a summer spruce up at Coit Park, funded by the Parks Alive Leaders mini-grant program!

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Riverwalk Boardwalk (canceled)

May 17, 2018 | 6:00 PM | Park Volunteer Event,Volunteer Event

Due to the boardwalk flooding, the event scheduled today, Thursday, May 17 has been canceled.  Please look for a rescheduled date soon.  Thank you for supporting Friends of GR Parks.  

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Green Space Beautification

May 24, 2018 | 6:00 PM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

As a way to commemorate our loved ones as a community join us as we work together to beautify one of our local green spaces at Greenwood Cemetery.

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Volunteer Project: River Boardwalk

May 30, 2018 | 6:00 PM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

Join us as we clean the planters and add new plants and flowers to beautify our City’s Riverwalk.  We will be preparing the boardwalk planters for the summer season.  You can register here. When: Thursday, May 30, 2018, at 6:00 pm Where:  We will meet on Lyon St under the skywalk between Amway Grand and Devos Place What to Wear: Please dress for the weather and plan to wear clothes that can get dirty. Who: Great for ages 13 and…

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Green Space Beautification

June 2, 2018 | 9:00 AM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

As a way to commemorate our loved ones as a community join us as we work together to beautify one of our local green spaces at Oakhill Cemetery.

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Joe Taylor BBQ & Beautify

June 14, 2018 | 5:30 PM | Community Event,Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

We are so excited to be partnering with our friends at Moosejaw Mountaineering to co-host this BBQ and Beautify event at Joe Taylor Park!   Head over to the park at 5:30 pm and join our team for a beautification project and help us spruce up the park. All ages are welcome and we’ll provide the tools and training for each project. At 6:30 pm, we’ll gather for a free BBQ meal featuring deliciously fresh, nutritious menu provided by Johnny B’z.…

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Clemente Park BBQ & Beautify

June 28, 2018 | 5:30 PM | Community Event,Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

Head over to the park at 5:30 pm and join our team for a beautification project and help us spruce up the park. All ages are welcome and we’ll provide the tools and training for each project. At 6:30 pm, we’ll gather for a free BBQ meal featuring deliciously fresh, nutritious menu provided by Johnny B’z. Don’t worry if you need to leave early or arrive late, we’ll welcome you when you arrive.     This is the third year of…

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Dickinson Park BBQ & Beautify

July 12, 2018 | 5:30 PM | Community Event,Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Special Event,Volunteer Event

Head over to the park at 5:30 pm and join our team for a beautification project and help us spruce up the park. All ages are welcome and we’ll provide the tools and training for each project. At 6:30 pm, we’ll gather for a free BBQ meal. Don’t worry if you need to leave early or arrive late, we’ll welcome you when you arrive.     This is the third year of the BBQ & Beautify series. Our goals are to…

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Mulick Park BBQ & Beautify

July 26, 2018 | 5:30 PM | Community Event,Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

Head over to the park at 5:30 pm and join our team for a beautification project and help us spruce up the park. All ages are welcome and we’ll provide the tools and training for each project. At 6:30 pm, we’ll gather for a free BBQ meal featuring deliciously fresh, nutritious menu provided by Johnny B’z. Don’t worry if you need to leave early or arrive late, we’ll welcome you when you arrive.     This is the third year of…

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Alger Park BBQ & Beautify

August 2, 2018 | 5:30 PM | Community Event,Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

Head over to the park at 5:30 pm and join our team for a beautification project and help us spruce up the park. All ages are welcome and we’ll provide the tools and training for each project. At 6:30 pm, we’ll gather for a free BBQ meal featuring deliciously fresh, nutritious menu provided by Johnny B’z. Don’t worry if you need to leave early or arrive late, we’ll welcome you when you arrive.      This is the third year…

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KaBOOM! Build – Eastern Park

August 23, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Community Event,Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Special Event,Volunteer Event

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department are excited to announce a new KaBOOM! playground sponsored by Amway Corporation coming to the Highland Park neighborhood.  Join us as we team up to build a playground for the children at Eastern Park.  No experience is needed and all the tools will be provided!  There are a few ways you can be involved.  Assist with the Prep Days or join us on the Build Day.  You…

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Day of Caring

September 14, 2018 | 1:30 PM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

Join us as we support the Heart of West Michigan Day of Caring.  Find out more about HWMUW Day of Caring and registration information here. When: September 14, 1:30 – 4:30 pm Where: Huff Park, Aberdeen St entrance between Ball Ave and Fuller Ave, 1435 Aberdeen St NE Project Details:  Clearing overgrown foliage near park trail. What to Wear:  Please dress for the weather and plan to wear clothes that can get dirty or paint on them.  All volunteers under…

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Ah-Nab-Awen Beautification

September 21, 2018 | 10:30 AM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

Join Downtown Grand Rapids Inc as they help beautify Ah-Nab-Awen Park. When: Friday, September 21st, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Where:  Ah-Nab-Awen Park (meet at Pearl St entrance near Gerald R. Ford Museum) Project Details:  Removing small trees and weeds, adding new plants, and spreading mulch. What to Wear:  Please dress for the weather and plan to wear clothes that can get dirty or paint on them. Weather:  This event will happen rain or shine unless there are thunder and lightning. …

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4th Annual Mayor’s Greening Initiative

April 27, 2019 | 8:30 AM | Community Event,Park Volunteer Event,Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

The Mayor’s Greening Initiative is a partnership with the Mayor’s office, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and the City’s Forestry Department as a way to engage the entire community in reaching our city’s 40 percent tree canopy goal. Working alongside the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association, the Fourth Annual Mayor’s Greening Initiative will be in the Grandville Corridor. No experience required!  Our team will give you step by step instructions on how to plant a tree as well as provide all…

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Clemente Park Spring Cleaning

May 25, 2019 | 9:30 AM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

Join us as we do a little spring cleaning!  Once all the snow is washed away, there is quite a mess left behind.  We will be cleaning up the trail in Clemente Park.  You can register here. When: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 9:30 – 11:00 am Where: Clemente Park, 546 Rumsey SW What to Wear: Please dress for the weather and plan to wear clothes that can get dirty or paint on them.  All volunteers under the age of 18…

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Highland Park BBQ & Beautify

June 6, 2019 | 5:30 PM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

Head over to the park at 5:30 pm and join our team for a beautification project and help us spruce up the park. All ages are welcome and we’ll provide the tools and training for each project. At 6:30 pm, we’ll gather for a free BBQ meal featuring deliciously fresh, nutritious menu provided by Johnny B’z. Don’t worry if you need to leave early or arrive late, we’ll welcome you when you arrive.      This is the fourth year…

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Ottawa Hills Park BBQ & Beautify

June 20, 2019 | 5:30 PM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

Head over to the park at 5:30 pm and join our team for a beautification project and help us spruce up the park. All ages are welcome and we’ll provide the tools and training for each project. At 6:30 pm, we’ll gather for a free BBQ meal featuring deliciously fresh, nutritious menu provided by Johnny B’z. Don’t worry if you need to leave early or arrive late, we’ll welcome you when you arrive.      This is the fourth year…

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KaBOOM! Playground Build – Caulfield Park

June 28, 2019 | 8:00 AM | Park Volunteer Event,Volunteer Event

Help the City of Grand Rapids build a playground in partnership with Amway and KaBOOM! When: Friday, June 28, 2019, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Where: Caulfield Park, 1119 Caulfield SW What to Wear:  Please dress for the weather and plan to wear clothes that can get dirty or paint on them. Who: Only adults can participate in building in the playground construction areas.  There will be youth activities available that are not in the construction areas. Weather: We will build…

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Oakhill Cemetery Beautification

June 29, 2019 | 9:30 AM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

Join us as we work together to beautify one of our local green spaces at Oakhill Cemetery.  You can register here. When: June 29, 9:30 am – 11:00 am Where: Oakhill Cemetery, 647 Hall St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 What to Wear: Please dress for the weather and plan to wear clothes that can get dirty or paint on them.  All volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent signature on liability waiver before allowed to volunteer. Who: …

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Mary Waters Park BBQ & Beautify

July 11, 2019 | 5:30 PM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

Head over to the park at 5:30 pm and join our team for a beautification project and help us spruce up the park. All ages are welcome and we’ll provide the tools and training for each project. At 6:30 pm, we’ll gather for a free BBQ meal featuring deliciously fresh, nutritious menu provided by Johnny B’z. Don’t worry if you need to leave early or arrive late, we’ll welcome you when you arrive.      This is the fourth year…

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Campau Park BBQ & Beautify

July 18, 2019 | 5:30 PM | Park Volunteer Event,Volunteer Event

The Campau Connection is sponsoring our very first community-led BBQ & Beautify.  The Campau Connection is a group of community partners that work collaboratively to provide resources and support to the students and families in the Campau Commons area. Head over to the park at 5:30 pm and join our team for a beautification project and help us spruce up the park. All ages are welcome and we’ll provide the tools and training for each project. After the project, we’ll gather for…

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Huff Park Buckthorn Removal Day!

August 4, 2019 | 9:45 AM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

Join our friends from Berkley Hills Church and the Kent Conservation District as they help remove an invasive species from Huff Park. Work gloves and tools will be provided, just come with a willingness to help clear the area of invasive buckthorn and restore native habitat at Huff Park! Please contact Jessica Gregory directly if you are interested in volunteering.  You can reach her at jessgregory188@gmail.com. When: Sunday, August 4, 9:45 am – 12:00 pm Where: Huff Park, 2399 Ball Ave NE…

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