Love Your Parks 2023 | Fundraising Event

Clearwater Place 1430 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI

Love Your Parks is our annual fundraising event that celebrates park and tree wins of the past year. This year's event will take place on Tuesday, February 7 at Clearwater Place. We're also excited to share that we will host Dom Mullins, one of the expedition members of Full Circle Everest, the first all-Black team […]

Winter Welcome Park Activation: Luminary Walk at Ken-O-Sha Park

Ken-O-Sha Park 1353 Van Auken St SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Join us for our third Winter Welcome Park Activation of the season at Ken-O-Sha Park! Experience the magic of a moonlit wintery stroll with family, friends, a partner, or enjoy a walk in quiet solitude. On Saturday, February 11th* the trails at Ken-O-Sha Park will be lit with luminaries from 6-9 pm. The luminaries' ambient […]

Winter Welcome Park Activation at Indian Trails

Indian Trails 2776 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Join us at Indian Trails Golf Course as part of our Winter Welcome Park Activation Series in partnership with the City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department. We'll be snowshoeing, fat tire biking, cross country skiing and enjoying a s'mores evening happy hour! Stay tuned - more details to come We’re highlighting different parks […]

Park Happy Hour Park Activation at Garfield Park

Garfield Park 1981 Collins Ave SE, Grand Rapids

Join us for another Park Happy Hour Park Activation from our winter series! We’re highlighting different parks nearly every month with food, fun activities, and partners to help maximize the experience for what all can be done in each park, as well as welcome our community partners to each event. The final event of the […]

Fresh Coast Film Festival at Wealthy Theatre

Wealthy Theatre 1130 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Join us for a conversation about social justice and inclusivity in parks. Friends is pleased to announce that we’re bringing the Fresh Coast Film Festival for a one night showing to Wealthy Theatre! The Fresh Coast Film Festival is the first of its kind: a documentary film festival celebrating the outdoor lifestyle, water-rich environment and resilient spirit […]

Invasive Species Workshop with Kent County Conservation District

Invasive Species Workshop: Adopt-A-Park in partnership with Kent County Conservation District Come learn with the Friends team and the Kent County Conservation District how to identify invasive species that may cause harm to our park's ecosystems and what steps are needed to remove invasive species. If you would like to learn more about invasive species […]

It’s My Park Day: City-Wide Park Clean-Up

Join us for the second annual It's My Park Day: City-wide Park Clean-up in partnership with the West Grand Neighborhood Association's West Side Clean-up event on April 15th with neighborhood-led volunteer projects at parks throughout Grand Rapids. You’ll be able to sign up to help clean up and ready a park for the summer season! […]

ArborFest Spring Community-Wide Planting

Robert Clemente Park 546 Rumsey SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan

We're kicking off our spring tree planting season with ArborFest in partnership with the Mayor's Greening Initiative. Calling all volunteers for our springtime community-wide tree planting event! In 2023, we're going bigger than ever to plant 250 trees and give away 100 more over two days in the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood. The shifts will start and […]

Green Gala 2023: A Party for the Parks

Richmond Park 1101 RICHMOND NW, Grand Rapids, MI

On June 8th, 2023 we'll host our annual signature fundraiser, Green Gala (a party for the parks) at Richmond Park!

Bike Park Happy Hour

We are partnering up with West Michigan Mountain Bike Association (WMMBA) to bring mountain biking to the people! Join us at the bike park to ride bikes off road, learn about the community, and learn how you can get involved riding, trail building and conducting trail maintenance at the miles of trails in and around […]

Happy Hour Park Activation at Riverside Park

Riverside Park 2875 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI

Join us in July as we explore Riverside Park. In partnership with the City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department- just like all of our programs, you can explore what it takes to paddle in the Grand River by canoe, stand up paddle, or kayak, or play disc golf or just enjoy the park! […]

Park Happy Hour at Highland Park

Highland Park 700 College NE, Grand Rapids, MI

Our Summer Series of events continues this month at Highland Park. Did you know? Highland Park is home to the Grand Rapids Bouldering Project! Climbing is a great way to move your body and problem solve-and who says you need rocks? Come outside with us and the Grand Rapids Bouldering Project and West Michigan American […]