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J: A Great Friend from the Start

J (they/them) was initially an intern with Friends, and still volunteers with our team today! J heard about Friends’ internship program just after moving to Grand Rapids from Chicago and… Read More

Park of the Month: Plaster Creek

739 Van Raalte Dr. SW Grand Rapids Public Schools (specifically Burton Elementary and Middle School) has recently collaborated with the City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department to bring… Read More

Kids Nature Craft: Pinecone Bird Feeders

Now that it’s warming up, the birds are coming out more! Have you heard them chirping? This month, we’re making pinecone bird feeders so our littlest friends can get to… Read More

Park of the Month: Roosevelt

739 Van Raalte Dr. SW Established 1923 Roosevelt Park encompasses 7.27 acres at the southern terminus of Grandville Ave before it becomes Chicago Drive and intersects with Clyde Park Ave…. Read More

Park of the Month: Richmond

1101 Richmond St. NW, 49504 Established 1915 If you’re looking for a great sledding hill this winter, check out Richmond Park! You’ll find this multi-use 57-acre park on the northwest… Read More

In the Trees Book Club Recap

Friends’ In the Trees Book Club started as a response to lockdown and quarantine during the spring of 2020. With the new COVID-19 restrictions, we wanted to find safe and… Read More

Welcome, Lee Mueller, as Friends’ Board President!

We are excited to announce that long-time friend of Friends, Lee Mueller, is our new Board President. Lee Mueller works for environmental consulting firm Davey Resource Group, Inc. He’s an… Read More

Winter Tree Care Tips

By taking care of our city’s trees (both along streets and on private property), we’re helping increase GR’s tree canopy coverage and bring numerous health benefits to our neighborhoods! Our… Read More

Tips for Hiking Park Trails

November 17 is National Hiking Day, so this month we are highlighting hiking on trails in our parks as a way to get outside and connect with nature. So here are… Read More

Gratitude in Partnerships (cont’d)

This is a continuation of an article by community engagement coordinator, abigail bruins, partially published in our fall 2020 print newsletter. As I stood inside the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association… Read More