Associates of Grand Rapids Parks is partnering with the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Division to wash up public greenspaces.
The companions are internet hosting an occasion referred to as It’s My Park Days, which has greater than 30 cleanup tasks on faucet all through town from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 and 17, a couple of days previous to Earth Day, April 22.
Park ambassadors will lead volunteers in beautification actions comparable to choosing up trash, spreading mulch and making ready flower beds for summer time.
“Our parks have seen document numbers of customers this previous 12 months, and volunteer tasks like It’s My Park Days carry neighbors collectively in celebration of those particular, shared areas,” mentioned Stephanie Adams, Associates’ government director.
The occasion’s title is impressed by the concept that these public inexperienced areas belong to each member of the Grand Rapids neighborhood, and the data that for a lot of, the neighborhood park appears like an extension of house. Simply as properties want spring cleansing, so do parks.
Whereas registration isn’t required to volunteer, neighborhood members ought to confirm their desired park is taking part.
It’s My Park Day tasks are deliberate right here:
- Ah-Nab-Awen Park
- Aman Park
- Ball Perkins Park
- Belknap Park
- Briggs Park
- Calder Plaza
- Campau Park
- Canal Park
- Cherry Park
- Clemente Park
- Coit Park
- Dickinson Buffer Park
- Fish Ladder Park
- Fuller Park
- Garfield Park
- Hastings Linear
- Highland Park
- Huff Park
- Joe Taylor Park
- Lookout Park
- MacKay-Jaycees Park
- Mary Waters Park
- MLK Park
- Monument Park
- Mulick Park
- Plaster Creek
- Ted Rasberry Subject
- Reservoir Park
- Riverside Park
- Veterans Memorial Park
- Wilcox Park
All of Grand Rapids’ West Aspect parks will probably be a part of the annual Westside Neighborhood Cleanup, happening along with It’s My Park Days, from 8:30 a.m. to three p.m. April 17. Via this occasion, residents be part of collectively to wash up not solely the parks but in addition the neighborhoods of Grand Rapids’ West Aspect. Associates has teamed up with its organizers to attach volunteers with significant park cleanup initiatives for the West Aspect.
If anybody needs to assist clear up a park not listed, Associates encourages folks to seize a bag from house, soar in and assist with trash pickup at a park close to them on lately or some other day of the 12 months.
It’s My Park Days are kicking off Associates’ newly launched Undertake-A-Park program, which matches parks with passionate volunteers for year-round care. This system’s aim is to enhance the accessibility, environmental influence and aesthetic of Grand Rapids’ parks and inexperienced areas.
Parks could be adopted by anybody: people, neighborhood organizations, church buildings or companies. A number of volunteers can undertake the identical park or select a particular flower mattress, cemetery, inexperienced area or path to steward.
“Volunteers are an important element of the operations and upkeep of the Grand Rapids park system. The effort and time given in tasks like spring cleanups, beautification, tree trimming and spreading mulch all contribute to a welcoming and pleasing expertise for residents and guests alike,” mentioned Joe Sulak, superintendent of the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Division.
Security is the No. 1 precedence for Associates and town. In accordance with authorities tips for COVID-19, all contributors are required to put on masks and preserve a distance of 6 toes throughout the occasion. Masks, hand sanitizer, gloves and different security gear will probably be accessible for all volunteers.
Folks can discover extra data and register to volunteer online.
Associates of Grand Rapids Parks
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is an impartial, citizen-led, nonprofit enterprise based in 2008 with the mission to empower folks to domesticate vibrant parks, inexperienced areas and bushes within the Grand Rapids neighborhood.