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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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Neighborhood Forester Tree Identification Class @ Huff Park

June 18, 2019 | 5:30 PM | Community Event,Urban Forest Project Event,Workshops

Join us for an opportunity to learn how to identify that tree in your backyard. We’ll go over basics of tree identification and practice your skills outside. Specific attention will be given to developing an understanding of the terminology and definitions of various tree-identification related terms. A couple of different resources will be explored to help you identify trees. This class is another in the series of required classes to earn a ‘Neighborhood Forester’ designation. A $5 donation per class…

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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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Volunteer At Movies In The Neighborhood Parks – Clemente Park

June 22, 2019 | 5:00 PM | Community 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 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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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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AWTT: Mary Waters Park – with BBQ and Beautify

July 11, 2019 | 5:30 PM

July 11 – Mary Waters Park, happening with Mary Waters Park BBQ & Beautify Join Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Neighborhood Foresters in helping to maintain trees across the City. During this AWTT we will prune trees we planted a few years ago to help them stay healthier, need less care and have fewer problems as they mature. No experience or tools are necessary to join us in helping these young trees get a good start. You’re welcome to…

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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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AWTT: MLK Park – Mayor’s Greening Initiative ’17

July 18, 2019 | 5:30 PM

June 13, June 20, July 18 – MLK Park, Meet at MLK Pool Parking Lot Join Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Neighborhood Foresters in helping to maintain trees across the City. During this AWTT we will prune trees we planted during Mayor’s Greening Initiative in 2017 to help them stay healthier, need less care and have fewer problems as they mature. No experience or tools are necessary to join us in helping these young trees get a good start.…

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Volunteer At Movies In The Neighborhood Park – MLK Park

July 20, 2019 | 5:00 PM | Community 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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Martin Luther King Park – Movies In The Neighborhood Park

July 20, 2019 | 7:00 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 year…

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AWTT: Garfield Park

July 25, 2019 | 5:30 PM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

July 25 – Garfield Park, meet at the NW parking lot off Jefferson Join Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Neighborhood Foresters in helping to maintain trees across the City. During this AWTT we will prune trees we planted a few years ago to help them stay healthier, need less care and have fewer problems as they mature. No experience or tools are necessary to join us in helping these young trees get a good start. You’re welcome to show…

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Neighborhood Forester Tree ID Class – Riverside Park

July 30, 2019 | 5:30 PM

Join us for an opportunity to learn how to identify that tree in your backyard. We’ll go over basics of tree identification and practice your skills outside. Specific attention will be given to developing an understanding of the terminology and definitions of various tree-identification related terms. A couple of different resources will be explored to help you identify trees. This class is another in the series of required classes to earn a ‘Neighborhood Forester’ designation. A $5 donation per class…

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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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AWTT Roosevelt Park Neighborhood

August 8, 2019 | 5:30 PM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

Join Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Neighborhood Foresters in helping to maintain trees across the City.  During this AWTT we will prune young trees to help them stay healthier, need less care and have fewer problems as they mature. No experience or tools are necessary to join us in helping these young trees get a good start.  We will meet in front of the Early Childhood Learning Center at 641 Vries St SW. WHAT: Maintain some trees that need…

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Roosevelt Park Beautification

August 21, 2019 | 11:00 AM

Help our friends, the Roosevelt Park Advocates prepare for their annual Family Fiesta at Roosevelt Park.  We want the park to be welcoming for the entire community.  Join us as we beautify the park by removing trash and caring for the young trees we planted during the Mayor’s Greening Initiative.  You can register here. When: Wednesday, August 21, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Where: Roosevelt Park, 739 Van Raalte Dr. SW What to Wear: Please dress for the weather and…

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Tree Pruning – Leonard and Houseman

August 22, 2019 | 5:30 PM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

Join Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Neighborhood Foresters in helping to maintain trees across the City.  During this AWTT we will prune young trees to help them stay healthier, need less care and have fewer problems as they mature. You can register here.  No experience or tools are necessary to join us in helping these young trees get a good start.  We will meet at the northeast corner of Leonard and Houseman. WHAT: Maintain some trees that need our…

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The 6th Annual Family Fiesta

August 23, 2019 | 5:00 PM | Community 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 The Neighborhood Park – Eastern Park

August 24, 2019 | 5:00 PM | Community 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

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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