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Mappy Monday: How Urban Trees Can Save Lives

How Urban Trees Can Save Lives We’ve recently been enthralled by ESRI Story maps! They are an engaging and fun way to learn about various map-related subjects. Esri Story Maps let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content, making it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell… Read More

The New Tree Plotter!

Do you ever wonder where the largest trees are in Grand Rapids? Or where the nearest Catalpa to your home is? How about the trees that are in bloom or the most colorful trees? Now you can know! This week we’re introducing the new and improved Tree Plotter! Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the… Read More

Now Hiring: Community Engagement Coordinator

Friends of GRAND RAPIDS Parks is hiring! We’re on the search for a full-time Community Engagement Coordinator that will grow and manage Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ stewardship program and community outreach initiatives, including oversight of the Parks Alive program. This individual will build and maintain a robust community engagement program, including neighborhood park clean-up… Read More

Mappy Monday

Introducing the new Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ Urban Forest Project blog series: Mappy Monday!   In this blog series we will be exploring the wonderful world of trees, data, and maps For our introductory entry we will be highlighting one of our partners: Have you ever been in the middle of nowhere and wondered… Read More

Mayor’s Tree of the Year 2017!

Our beautiful city is home to thousands of trees, each with their own history. Over the past five years Friends of Grand Rapid’s Parks has partnered with the City of Grand Rapids Mayor’s Office to champion a tree in our community that is special to the citizens of GR. The Mayor’s Tree of Year competition… 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