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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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Downtown Grand Rapids Tree Planting at Front Ave and Butterworth Ave SW

June 1, 2019 | 9:30 AM

What: We are so excited to be partnering with our friends at Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. for a series of tree plantings this Spring to help green up the downtown Grand Rapids area. Where and When: Saturday, June 1st, 2019, 9:30-11:30 AM at 120 Front Ave SW, street parking is available. Who: Anyone and everyone! Come and join even if you have no experience! If you live in, work in, or just love the downtown area, we would love to help teach you how to…

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Neighborhood Forester Pruning and Maintenance Classs

June 4, 2019 | 6:00 PM | Urban Forest Project Event,Workshops

Join us for our Tree Pruning and Maintenance Class to learn the basics of continuing the maintenance of your trees including: basic tree biology, pruning techniques, various tools, mulching, timing of maintenance, and other resources. Trees cannot survive in our city without continued care, and this class will give you the knowledge to help care for the trees in your yard. This class is part of a series of required classes to earn a ‘Neighborhood Forester’ designation. A $5 donation…

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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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Clemente Park – Movies In The Neighborhood Park

June 22, 2019 | 7:00 PM | Community 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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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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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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Martin Luther King Park – Movies In The Neighborhood Park

July 20, 2019 | 6:00 PM

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! Friends is partnering with the Urban League of West Michigan’s 3rd Annual Park Party.  Spend the day in the park and enjoy a movie with friends that evening.  The Park Party will begin will be from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.   Popcorn 🍿 will be…

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Kensington Park BBQ & Beautify

July 25, 2019 | 5:30 PM

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 a 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…

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Eastern Park – Movies In The Neighborhood Park

August 24, 2019 | 6:00 PM

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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