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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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Neighborhood Park Planning provides glimpse at community priorities, demographics

by (FriendsofGRParks)

Submitted 11-11-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

Starting in late September, eight neighborhoods worked to complete new concept plans for their parks. Neighbors, stakeholders, and the broader community were invited to help create and verify park concept plans and identify priority improvement...

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Neighborhood Park Design Workshops planned over the next 4 weeks

by (FriendsofGRParks)

Submitted 10-14-2014 under NONPROFITS

Neighbors, stakeholders, and the broader community are invited to help create and verify park concept plans and identify priority improvement projects. Neighborhood Planning Teams were established for each park that have acquainted consultants,...

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Learning from Olmsted and a Muddy River

by (FriendsofGRParks)

Submitted 09-30-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

As Grand Rapids wades waist deep into the GR Forward planning effort this fall, the opportunities are intensifying for residents to contribute to plans that will define our community for decades. GR Forward is a comprehensive planning...

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Grand Rapids area breweries create tree-themed beer in support of urban forest

by (FriendsofGRParks)

Submitted 08-27-2014 under NONPROFITS

Starting on Friday, August 29, patrons can stop into any Grand Rapids area brewery (see full list at right) as well as local brewpubs The Meanwhile Bar, Green Well and Big Bob’s Pizza to order a tree inspired beer, where a portion of the sales...

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Friends of Grand Rapids Parks to celebrate fourth annual Green Gala

by (chelsiewyse)

Submitted 08-12-2014 under NEWS

On Thursday, August 21, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks (FGRP) will host its fourth annual Green Gala event to generate awareness of about its organization, what new things are in store for the future and celebrate another successful...

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More than access, inclusive playground designs benefit all

by (FriendsofGRParks)

Submitted 05-27-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

According to the US Census, 12% of the population has a disability severe enough that it affects at least one function of daily living. Imagine all the mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents, and friends who are involved in their daily lives....

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