Grand River Greenway & Explorers Trail
Acquisition of additional greenway properties and construction of the Explorers Trail, a 30-mile pathway connecting Grand Rapids to Grand Haven. Construction begins in the spring of 2017 in Robinson Township, with a segment connecting Connor Bayou, M-231, and Riverside Park.
The natural features in Ottawa County make it a desirable place to live, work, and play. People of all ages crave connection to the wonderful variety of outdoor experiences that Michigan offers. But these experiences require a place to go, and most people don’t have their own significant green space. We are committed to investing in green spaces in Ottawa County by purchasing, maintaining, and facilitating the access to many diverse parks that can be enjoyed by all.
We are focused on providing more green space and recreational opportunities in Ottawa County.
Ottawa County Parks has a proven track record for offering quality parks, open spaces, programs and services. Support from the Parks Foundation can provide the margin of excellence for the park system now and in the future.
We raise money for land purchases, park improvements and amenities that will increase access to and diversity of park land. Foundation support helps ensure the financial sustainability of the park system.
We can leverage a variety of gifts of any size for maximum impact.
Green Investment is an occasional series about the positive impact of Ottawa County parks on the quality of life in West Michigan, presented by the Ottawa County Parks Foundation. Parks enrich children’s lives “I found a lily pad! I see a whole bunch of lily pads!” called little Cora, wide-eyed with her long braids flipping Read more about Green Investment – Youth Education[…]
Green Investment is an occasional series about the positive impact of Ottawa County parks on the quality of life in West Michigan, presented by the Ottawa County Parks Foundation. Residents join parks in all-out war against hemlock bugs The sun just edged above the wooded dune to the east as residents of the Forest Beach Read more about Green Investment – Save MI Hemlocks[…]
Thank you to… Gold Leadership Sponsor Dickson Wright Leadership Sponsor & Adopt-a-Park Company Tyson Foods Community Sponsors Baird Barber Ford of Holland Prein&Newhof Tim & Jane Stoepker Community Sponsors & Adopt-a-Park Company Chow Hound Pet Supplies Friend Sponsors GEI Consultants Kennari Consulting Scott & Julie Reenders David & Barb VanGinhoven
The Shoreline Amateur Astronomical Association (SAAA) is raising funds for West Michigan’s first public observatory! The $65,000 observatory is planned for Hemlock Crossing County Park, near the Nature Education Center. Plans can be found online. The Ottawa County Parks Foundation as well as the Friends of Ottawa County Parks have each donated $2,500, and Ottawa Read more about Public Observatory at Hemlock Crossing[…]
Update: July 18, 2018 – An offer has been made. We’ll announce our new employee soon! The Ottawa County Parks Foundation is excited to announce we are hiring a Foundation Manager. Interested? Send us your resume! Job details and description can be found here.
The Ottawa County Parks Foundation is hosting two fundraising events this spring: Breakfast at the Park at Grand Ravines on May 17 (this event is full) Breakfast at the Park at Connor Bayou on June 7 (space available) Details and invite to the June event below.
Progress continues to be made on fundraising for the Grand River Greenway and the Idema Explorers Trail with a $50,000 gift from the Consumers Energy Foundation. “‘Leaving it better than we found it’ is a stand we’ve taken as a company and a foundation as we consider Michigan’s future,” said Brandon Hofmeister, president of the Consumers Read more about $50,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation[…]
Green Investment is an occasional series about the positive impact of Ottawa County parks on the quality of life in West Michigan, presented by the Ottawa County Parks Foundation. This is the first story in the series. Volunteers give and get benefits in Ottawa Parks By Ben Beversluis, Ottawa County Parks Foundation Whether hiking a Read more about Green Investment – Volunteerism[…]
Green Investment is an occasional series about the positive impact of Ottawa County parks on the quality of life in West Michigan, presented by the Ottawa County Parks Foundation. This is the first story in the series. A HEALTHY APPEAL Ottawa County Parks offer ample opportunities to exercise By Ben Beversluis, Ottawa County Parks Foundation Read more about Green Investment – Health[…]
Spring has sprung! Our spring newsletter offers tips on finding Signs of Spring in our local parks. Visit some of these suggested sites to see what spring brings to Ottawa County. Don’t miss another newsletter! Sign up here.
Green Investment is an occasional series about the positive impact of Ottawa County Parks on the quality of life in West Michigan, presented by the Ottawa County Parks Foundation. Stay tuned for the first article in the series.
Our spring breakfast events are coming up! Support the Parks Foundation by becoming a table host or event sponsor. Sponsors help cover the cost of necessary fundraising events and outreach. Contact us to learn more about hosting a table or sponsoring an event: firstname.lastname@example.org Download Sponsorship Levels-2018
Board member and local historian Marjorie Viveen will be presenting stories from the Grand River Greenway throughout 2018. Immerse yourself in local history by joining us for this free series at the Nature Education Center at Hemlock Crossing County Park at 10 am on the following dates: April 21 July 14 October 13 Please note Read more about Old Times, Places, and Faces along the Grand River Greenway[…]
Original story: http://woodtv.com/2018/01/25/grand-river-greenway-taking-shape A trail that will take nature lovers along the Grand River from Grand Rapids to Grand Haven continues to take its shape. The $40 million Grand River Greenway project recently got a big boost in fundraising from the private sector. Earlier this month, the Bill and Bea Idema Foundation pledged $2 million towards the project Read more about Grand River Greenway taking shape[…]
The Ottawa Parks Foundation is pleased to announce a landmark $2 million gift from the Bill and Bea Idema Foundation for the development of the Grand River Greenway. The Ottawa County Parks Foundation appreciates the great passion and support of Bea Idema for nature, education and for the preservation of the environment for future generations. In Read more about Now announcing the Idema Explorers Trail![…]
Ottawa County Parks Foundation’s effort to complete its Grand River Greenway Campaign is gaining significant traction with two recent gifts from regional foundations. The Grand River Greenway Campaign is the culmination of the 30-year vision to protect thousands of acres of high quality natural and recreational lands along the Grand River in Ottawa County and then connect Read more about Frey & Wege Foundation Grant Awards[…]
For nearly 30 years, Ottawa County has been growing a county park system which is becoming one of the finest in Michigan. Our parks benefit from an excellent staff, a dedicated millage, and a committed Friends group providing eager volunteers. The missing piece is a way for citizens to support special projects outside of the normal operating Read more about Wouldn’t it be great…[…]
Progress on the Grand River Explorers Trail continues in Robinson Township! This 3.9 mile segment of the trail will connect Connor Bayou to Riverside Park. It will also connect to the south side of the M-231 bridge pedestrian path. Ottawa County Parks hosted a number of volunteer workdays at Connor Bayou to prep the park Read more about Explorers Trail Progress in Robinson Township[…]
On November 10, the Ottawa County Parks Foundation proudly contributed $17,000 to the Ottawa County Parks Commission for the purchase of the historic Moss House. The Parks Commission closed on the property on November 6. The purchase of this home was a special opportunity and was a non-budgeted item for the Parks Commission. Helping to Read more about $17,000 to Save Moss House[…]
The Ottawa County Parks Foundation will be assisting the Parks Commission in the purchase a historical home at the end of September. The Moss House is on a parcel of property that the Parks Commission is purchasing to expand the Bend Area, a park on the Grand River in Georgetown Township. If acquired, the Parks Read more about Moss House[…]