We need you to achieve our goal of protecting, enhancing and expanding our community parks and public spaces. Take a moment to learn how you can contribute your time and energy towards a more vibrant parks system and healthier community.

Fill out our fgrp-waiver and return to Friends of Grand Rapids Parks to get started!

take an active part in our urban forest!

Whether you have an hour, a day, or even more time to give, we have an opportunity for you, and the list keeps growing. Map a tree. Lead or take part in a volunteer planting event. Become a strategic partner. Develop an idea for NeighborWoods™ Month and apply for a mini-grant. Each of us comes with unique gifts, talents, and creativity that can play an important part in helping our urban forest grow.

help reclaim and sustain your neighborhood park!

Parks Alive is a joint venture between Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the City of Grand Rapids to reclaim and sustain parks through volunteerism and sponsorship. Community leadership, in the form of Parks Alive Leaders, is critical to creating a great park system. Our hope is that all of our neighborhood parks can be represented by a Parks Alive Leadership group who will help us coordinate volunteer projects, participate in unique fundraising and sponsorship events, and cast a vision for the future of each park.

make a big difference with your group—big or small!

Do you have a group of people interested in making a difference in one of our many parks? Family, friends, coworkers, small groups … you’re all invited to get involved! We’re happy to coordinate a project with you!

drop in to help out when it works for you!

We have a number of opportunities for you to help Friends of Grand Rapids Parks when it works in your schedule.

Capture images of parks or events happening in them to be published online or in promotional materials.

Assist with data entry, content creation, and other office duties.

Help build the Urban Forest Tree Map as you wander through a park or down your street. The more trees we have in the map, the more valuable the information is to our community.

Download our tree mapping app for iPhone or Android.