Parks

More women, girls giving archery a shot

by (Michigan Wildli...)

Submitted 08-24-2016 under NONPROFITS

What happens Friday nights at the West Michigan Archery Center stays at the West Michigan Archery Center. "One of our most popular archery leagues is a women's-only group on Friday nights with upwards of two dozen women at one time, said...

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Parks are living rooms of our neighborhoods, hold communal memories

by (FriendsofGRParks)

Submitted 05-03-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

At Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, it is easy to get caught up in the logistics of managing parks and green spaces. As a hyper-organized young professional, it is far easier to get lost in park and open space planning. I can easily spend a day...

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Friends of Grand Rapids Parks plans summer barbecue series, new mural, expanded citizen forester classes

by (FriendsofGRParks)

Submitted 02-16-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

A city is only as strong as the community of people who work, live, play and build lives within it. It takes a robust network of individuals, businesses and organizations all working together to support that community. Building strong communities,...

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WinterWest to celebrate year-round enjoyment of parks on Westside for 6th year

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 01-26-2016 under NEWS

WinterWest by Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is back for its sixth year at Richmond Park on the WestSide. The outdoor event happening February 12-14 is designed to get the people of Grand Rapids outdoors and enjoying the City's parks...

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Plaster Creek restoration project planned for Dutton Shadyside Park in 2016

by (Calvin College)

Submitted 01-19-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

"We came to Michigan when I was 10 years old, and a little way from my home was Plaster Creek…That stream was my playground during the next six or eight years…my companions [and I knew] the individuality of a great many trees; we...

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Friends of Grand Rapids Parks reflects on success, welcomes new leader

by (Bill Kirk)

Submitted 12-22-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

In recent years, the City of Grand Rapids has experienced a period of growth and change not seen in decades. As our community continues to adapt and evolve, this process brings with it challenges, opportunities and progress. Thankfully, Grand Rapids...

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Principal of Shawmut Hills encourages neighbors to participate in Westside growth

by (SaraMelton)

Submitted 10-13-2015 under OPINION

The economic, environmental, and cultural health of a community rests heavily on vibrant public spaces and successful public schools. They are essential components of public infrastructure that take on pressing social concerns such as childhood...

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DGRI to bring leading public space designer to Grand Rapids

by (Holly)

Submitted 03-03-2015 under NEWS

Update from DGRI: "GR Forward Thinking Speaker Series: Dan BIederman DELAYED** Due to a family emergency, Mr. Biederman is unable to visit Grand Rapids this week. The Speaker Series will be re-scheduled in the near future, so please stay...

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Smartphone apps add layers to understanding place

by (FriendsofGRParks)

Submitted 01-06-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

According to a 2013 Pew Research Center study, over 60% of adults now own a smartphone. While parks are a great place to put your phone down and take a deep breath, there are also opportunities to use apps to get a deeper understanding of our...

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The Bridge of Snow

by (tonia.hauser)

Submitted 12-18-2014 under OPINION

The annual curiosity and chatter stirred up by the question of a white Christmas, is upon us. My answer to the question is always the same. Of course we’re going to have snow by Christmas morning! Even if it’s just a few flurries and a...

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