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Now Hiring: Executive Director

Are you our next Executive Director? Friends of Grand Rapids Parks (FGRP) has an extremely strong foundation and is positioned to grow and expand its role as a change agent in the community. As the City of Grand Rapids continues to grow and prosper, FGRP is uniquely suited to work collaboratively with the Parks and… Read More

Join Friends of GR Parks for a special Arbor Day planting!

Arbor Day is a special day at Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, as it offers our staff a chance to share our love of trees and parks with the Grand Rapids community and know that across the nation other communities are celebrating too. At Friends of GR Parks we count down to Arbor Day, plan… Read More

Tree Beer Month is all about Grand Rapids Trees and Grand Rapids Beer!

The Brewers Grove project started in 2013 when local brewers asked Friends of Grand Rapids Parks (FGRP) how they could celebrate being named Beer City USA by giving back to our parks and public spaces.  And the idea was seeded to create tree-themed beers that would be offered for a limited time with proceeds going… Read More

Check out the 2016 Parks Millage Report

The City of Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation Department recently released their 2016 Parks Millage Report. It is chock full of millage data and gives park users a clear glimpse of the future. So for any Friends out there who have wondered how millage dollars were spent or if their park is next in line,… Read More


Join us at Mulick and Richmond Parks this winter! Friends of Grand Rapids Parks knows that parks can be fun year round, but it’s all too easy to burrow inside and avoid the fresh air until the spring thaw arrives! With this is mind, FGRP is offering two signature events guaranteed to get your family… Read More

A Letter from FGRP Executive Director, Tracey Flower

Dear Friends, We recently asked Grand Rapidians to share with us their favorite park story. The responses included memories about peaceful encounters with nature and wildlife in Huff Park, painting a community mural in Lincoln Park, and sunny fall afternoons rolling down leaf-covered hills in Mulick Park. One resident talked about her family picnics in Riverside… Read More

celebrating the inaugural Mayor’s Greening planting!

Following the annual Mayor’s Tree of Year event, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks met with Mayor Bliss to collaborate on new ways to meet the City’s 40% tree canopy goal. The Mayor proposed launching a new initiative that combined volunteers, funders, and the City to plant trees each year in low canopy areas. In addition… Read More

Join FGRP for our biggest tree planting yet!

As fall sweeps through Michigan it’s almost impossible to ignore our state’s great trees. The crisp air, apple cider, and cozy evenings pale in comparison to the beauty of our fall leaves. Grand Rapids is lucky to have so many tree-lined streets and parks lighting up with golden fall colors. Some streets, however, aren’t so… Read More

Parks Alive Leaders program’s exciting progress

Grand Rapids is a place of vision, change, and immense activism. There’s a thousand ways to get involved, get active, get out there. We like to think that parks are one of the best ways to do all three, but with such a plethora of options Friends of Grand Rapids Parks knows how important the… Read More

That’s a Wrap: Recapping our Summer BBQ & Beautify Series

  This summer Friends of Grand Rapids Parks launched a new series called BBQ + Beautify. The series occurred in six parks between June and September. We were graciously able to provide this program with support from Kent County Health Connect and the REACH grant and with sponsorship support from West Michigan Credit Union and… Read More