what we’re doing

our programs

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The Grand Rapids Urban Forest Project is an initiative of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks in partnership with the City of Grand Rapids to engage our whole community in planting and growing a larger, healthier urban forest.


Parks Alive is a joint venture between Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the City of Grand Rapids to reclaim and sustain parks through volunteerism and sponsorship.

Our Annual Events

Green Gala is Grand Rapids’ greenest bash of the year. Our signature fundraising event not only raises awareness of the value of great parks but also serves as the catalyst for our ongoing work to protect, enhance, and expand parks and public spaces.

WinterWest is a celebration of winter in West Michigan. 2017 marks the seventh year of WinterWest, a festival of events aimed at getting people out to enjoy the weather!


Each year we host an event to update our friends on the progress we are making toward our goals, recognize key partners, and to announce upcoming projects and opportunities.


Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. proudly runs Movies in the Park each year for our city to enjoy! Movies are held at Ah-Nab-Awen Park located in front of the Presidential Museum on the Grand River.

Completed Park Developments