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It’s My Park Day

Hundreds of community members joined our first-ever It’s My Park Day to beautify their favorite neighborhood parks! Friends couldn’t have accomplished this project without great volunteer stewards like you – thank you!

details for all volunteers

  • If you have work gloves, please bring them! We have a limited number (but plenty of latex gloves)
  • Please arrive at your meeting location promptly at 10:00 a.m. (check the section below for more info)
  • When you arrive, your Site Leader will have you fill out our Volunteer Sign-in Sheet and the required Safety Waiver
  • After that, you’ll be given gloves and trash bags – let the beautification process begin!
  • Please be sure to read and follow our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines! (scroll down)

Site-specific information

If you have already signed up to volunteer at It’s My Park Day, you may use this table to confirm the meeting location and get to know your Site Leader. Just select your park’s name to expand its section!

Address: 220 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Meeting Location: North entrance of park (facing Michigan St.) and near Lorrie’s Button

 

your site leader is kelly h.!

Fun facts about your site leader:

  • Grand Rapids has been my home for 8 years (originally from Chesterton, IN
  • I went to Michigan State to study advertising, but now I’m a lawyer
  • I love dogs!

Address: 0 -1859 Lake Michigan Dr, Grand Rapids, MI 49534

Meeting Location: The trailhead at the furthest parking area (near Indian Trails Camp parking lot)

 

your site leader is brad smit!

Fun Facts about Brad:

  • I’m looking forward to my brother’s wedding in the Bavarian Alps this August!
  • I grew up on Lake Michigan and I want to protect our watershed so my sister’s boys can enjoy the Big Lake just like I did.
  • I auditioned for Jeopardy! in 2019. Didn’t get a callback, but I’m trying again- give me your random facts, please!

Address: 1675 Perkins Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Meeting Location: Entrance off of Perkins Avenue

 

Your site leader is jessica g.!

Fun Facts about your site leader:

  • I LOVE teaching people about native plants, Michigan ecology, and environmental sustainability!
  • I lived in the Alaskan Arctic for 3 months during graduate school doing climate change research
  • I have a major sweet tooth!

Address: 30 Coldbrook St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Meeting Location: Meet at Griff’s Ice House

your site leader is elianna b.!

Fun Facts about your leader:

  • I love to garden but can’t keep houseplants alive.
  • I’ve been coping with COVID by doing a lot of home improvement.
  • I work for the neighborhood association where we’ll be cleaning up!

Address: 350 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Meeting Location: Briggs Park playground and pavilion

 

your site leader is kinsey s.!

Fun Facts about your site leader:

  • I have two little boys – 2 years and 8 months old
  • I moved to GR from Alabama 6 years ago
  • I got a bike this spring and CANNOT wait to ride it this summer!

Address: 300 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Meeting Location: Entrance off of Monroe Ave.

 

your site leaders are sarah & shannon!

Fun Facts about Sarah:

  • I quilt in my free time.
  • I have two rescue dogs.
  • I lived in San Diego, California for 2 years.

 

 

Fun Facts about Shannon:

  • I’m a big Harry Potter fan and have two cats named after spells from the books.
  • I love spending time in the GR parks taking nature photos.
  • I spend most of my free time making things. Either crafting, baking or some sort of art.

Address: 50 Antoine St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Meeting Location:  Entrance off of Antoine St.

 

(Friday team) your site leader is andre a.!

Fun Facts about Your Leader:

  • My full name has 22 letters.
  • I am not from west Michigan.
  • I love green spaces!

 

 

(saturday team) your site leader is edwin a.!

Fun Facts about Your Leader:

  • I was born and raised in Grand Rapids’ southtown area.
  • I am a visual and mural artist 
  • I love sports! And LeBron James is my favorite basketball player!

Address: 941 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Meeting Location: Monroe Community Church at 800 Monroe Ave NW

 

your site leader is jan l.!

Fun Facts about your site leader:

  • I have lived downtown since 1995
  • I’ve been at Monroe Terrace condos for 20 years
  • I can’t wait to begin international travel again!

Address: 725 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Meeting Location: Entrance of park off of Eastern Ave.

 

your site leader is jesse s.!

fun fact about your site leader:

  • I. like. yogurt.

Address: 546 Rumsey St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Meeting Location: At the Clemente Skate Park entrance

 

your site leader is chelsea k.!

Fun Facts about Your Leader:

  • I love Reese’s peanut butter cups.
  • I have a golden retriever.
  • I moved to Grand Rapids two years ago and love everything about this city.

Address: 727 Coit Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Meeting Location: Mary Waters Park’s Lafayette St. entrance (1042 Lafayette NE)

 

your site leader is elianna b.!

Fun Facts about your leader:

  • I love to garden but can’t keep houseplants alive.
  • I’ve been coping with COVID by doing a lot of home improvement.
  • I work for the neighborhood association where we’ll be cleaning up!

Address: 1635 Willard SE, Grand Rapids 49507

Meeting Location: Entrance off of Willard St.

 

your site leader is amanda c.!

Address: 560 Front Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Meeting Location: Entrance off of Front Ave.

 

your site leader is alison g.!

fun facts about your site leader:

  • I’m an avid hiker and spend every minute I can outdoors. 
  • I live on the Westside of GR and love it. West side is the best side!
  • My favorite thing to do in the summer is a spontaneous road trip up north.

Address: 300 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids 49503

Meeting Location: Entrance off of Fuller Ave.

 

your site leader is claire lim!

Address: 2111 Madison SE; Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Meeting Location: Parking lot next to the gym, entrance off of Madison

 

your site leaders are chazz d. & hannah m.!

Fun Facts about Chazz:

  • I have studied martial arts for over 20 years
  • I have 9 children and 8 grandchildren
  • I am a Transgender man

 

Fun Facts about Hannah:

  • I love to grow my own vegetables.
  • Have two adopted bunnies as roommates.
  • Milkshakes are my favorite spring & summer treat.

Address: Corner of Coit Ave. and Hastings St.

Meeting Location: Mary Waters Park’s Lafayette St. entrance (1042 Lafayette NE)

 

your site leader is elianna b.!

Fun Facts about your leader:

  • I love to garden but can’t keep houseplants alive.
  • I’ve been coping with COVID by doing a lot of home improvement.
  • I work for the neighborhood association where we’ll be cleaning up!

Address: 700 College NE, Grand Rapids 49503

Meeting Location: Entrance off of Grand St.

 

your site leader is joyce r.!

FUn Facts about your leader:

  • I love to garden – flowers mostly
  • I’m 79 years opld and still going strong

Address: 2399 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids 49505

Meeting Location: Parking lot off of Aberdeen St. entrance (across from 1399 Aberdeen St. NE)

your site leaders are lauren d. & keely m.!

Address: 1030 Bemis SE; Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Meeting Location: Parking lot of Baxter Community Center (935 Baxter St SE)

 

your site leader is aarie w.!

Fun Facts about your leader:

  • I don’t like Dogs but I have one that I absolutely LOVE
  • I grew up in the Baxter Neighborhood 
  • I work for Baxter Community Center

Address: 801 Fairview Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Meeting Location: Griff’s Ice House at 30 Coldbrook St NE

 

your site leader is elianna b.!

Fun Facts about your leader:

  • I love to garden but can’t keep houseplants alive.
  • I’ve been coping with COVID by doing a lot of home improvement.
  • I work for the neighborhood association where we’ll be cleaning up!

Address: 900 Fuller Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Meeting Location:  Entrance off of Fuller Ave.

 

your site leaders are hal p. & ellen a.!

Fun Facts about Hal:

  • I have a puppy named Blue, She’s very sweet and has one blue eye.
  • We live on Thomas St and are at MLK Park almost every morning
  • I love gardening and birdwatching!

 

Fun Facts about Ellen:

  • I love to travel
  • I love every season!
  • I am a people person.

Address: 1042 Lafayette NE, Grand Rapids 49507

Meeting Location: Mary Waters Park’s Lafayette St. entrance

 

your site leader is elianna b.!

Fun Facts about your leader:

  • I love to garden but can’t keep houseplants alive.
  • I’ve been coping with COVID by doing a lot of home improvement.
  • I work for the neighborhood association where we’ll be cleaning up!

Address: 1 Fulton St NE, Grand Rapids 49503

Meeting Location: Entrance off of Fulton St.

 

your site leader is marie m.!

  • Threw first pitch at a Detroit Tiger’s game in Spring of 1998
  • Hiked over 200 miles of Colorado trails in 2019
  • A very frequent visitor to Frosty Boy for a Cookie Dough Flurry

Address: 1632 Sylvan Ave SE, Grand Rapids 49506

Meeting Location: Parking lot next to playground off of Sylvan Ave.

 

your site leaders are melanie h. and audrey k.!

Fun Facts about melanie:

  • I have lived in the Mulick Park neighborhood since 1989
  • I enjoy gardening
  • I was born in Augsburg, Germany and am looking forward to someday returning to visit

 

Fun Facts about Audrey

  • I love GR Parks!
  • My family and I love to go on walks in the neighborhood; you can usually hear us coming!
  • I’d make a great teammate for an “Office” trivia team.

Address: 2401 Buchanan SW, Grand Rapids 49548

Meeting Location: Parking lot off Buchanan, next to the baseball diamond

 

your site leader is kathy s.!

Address: 400 Pleasant St SE; Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Meeting Location: Entrance off of Pleasant St.

 

your site leader is joshlyn!

fun facts about your site leader:

  • I am from Walla Walla, WA (yes it is a real place) 🙂
  • I am currently pregnant with twin girls
  • I love the outdoors

 

Address: 900 Fairview Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Meeting Location: Griff’s Ice House at 30 Coldbrook St NE

 

your site leader is elianna b.!

Fun Facts about your leader:

  • I love to garden but can’t keep houseplants alive.
  • I’ve been coping with COVID by doing a lot of home improvement.
  • I work for the neighborhood association where we’ll be cleaning up!

Address: 2001 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Meeting Location: Boat Launch 1 (the southernmost entrance off of the intersection of Monroe and Knapp, near AppleTree Childcare)

 

your site leader is grace l.!

Fun Facts about your site leader:

  • I love opossums!
  • Sassafras is my favorite kind of tree.
  • I learned to roller skate at Riverside Park!

Address: 100 Youell Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Meeting Location: At the playground off of Youell Ave.

 

your site leaders are brigid & pam!

fun facts about brigid:

  • I can recite by heart the Budweiser Anthem and Jack Nicholson’s monologue from A Few Good Men
  • I’ve gotten backstage at an Allman Brothers Concert
  • I co-hosted the Eastpointe Memorial Parade in 1996 when I was 17

 

Fun FActs about pam:

  • I am an Eastown Community Association Board Member
  • I have done all Season Pots for Tazzia Lawn Care for seven years
  • I used to train dolphins and sea lions in the Florida Keys

let the beautification process begin!

Tag us in your photos & use #ItsMyParkDayGR

covid-19 safety guidelines

Due to current conditions regarding COVID-19, the safety of the community, volunteers, and the team of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks (FGRP) is of primary importance. In order to best limit the spread of COVID-19, volunteers and team members of FGRP will follow all safety protocols as recommended by the CDC:

  1. Do not volunteer if sick or registering a temperature.
  2. Please do not volunteer if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  3. Only households may volunteer together.
  4. Maintain 6 feet of social distancing at all times.
  5. Volunteers will utilize the sanitized tools provided and not share equipment with others.
  6. All personnel will wear safety masks when working in public areas.
  7. Volunteers will be provided and must wear work gloves and masks.

To ensure the safest work environment as possible, volunteer group will provide the following items for all attendees:

  • Face masks or coverings
  • Work gloves
  • Hand sanitizer