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Friends’ Update: COVID-19

Friends is committed to maintaining a safe environment for all our volunteers, staff, and community members. We know that the recommended COVID-19 precautions will be key in helping our community… Read More

Volunteering = Happy Employees

In 2020, more and more businesses are understanding and embracing the benefits behind strong corporate social responsibility initiatives. A big piece to success? Engaging employees in volunteering! Corporate volunteerism is… Read More

Recap: Community feedback sessions for Garfield Park area trees

In preparation for the Mayor’s Greening Initiative, we co-hosted two Community Feedback sessions with the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association over the last month. What a great chance to hear from… Read More

WinterWest on WoodTV

Now that there’s snow back on the ground, are you ready for some outdoor winter fun? Our director Stephanie was just on Wood TV 8 to talk about WinterWest! The… Read More

Green spaces: their ability to improve mental health and why they work

Hey, friends. It’s intern Jeff here! I do a lot of science writing, so I apologize for feeling a need to cite my facts as I write them – but… Read More

Meet Silas, GIS & Dendrology Intern!

Silas Courey has joined the Friends team as one of our GIS (geographic information system) & Dendrology interns! Silas will be graduating this December from Cornerstone University with a Bachelor… Read More

Meet Jeff, Community & Development Intern!

Meet Jeff! Jeff Heise is one of FGRP’s newest team members, rocking the position of Community Engagement and Development Intern! Jeff comes to us from Northern Illinois University, just outside… Read More

A Quick Guide to the Parks Millage Proposal

  Elections are right around the corner! We’re here to help break down the “Parks, Pools & Playgrounds” proposal voters will see on the ballot. Head over to the Yes… Read More

the report is in – summer was awesome!

Wow – what a summer! Check out our print newsletter that was mailed out this week. If you’d like to be added to our mailing list, please email

Building a Playground in One Day? KaBoom!

kaboom from Real Space on Vimeo.   Just a few weeks ago, hundreds of volunteers came together at Caulfield Park to build a rockin’ playground with KaBOOM! – in just… Read More