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.
The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Board recently announced seven second-round grant awards totaling $285,000 to support the northern Ottawa County community, including a $125,000 to the Ottawa County Parks Foundation for its Grand River Explorers Trail/Stearns Bayou Connector. The county hopes to expand recreational opportunities and increase access to nature to create a healthier Read more about $125,000 Grant Award from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation[…]
The Ottawa County Parks Foundation hosted its first fundraising event last Thursday! We are proud to say we raised nearly $35,000. While there are many thanks to go around, we want to first recognize our sponsors who covered the cost of the event: Tyson Foods Tim & Jane Stoepker Baird Barber Ford of Holland Scholten Fant Read more about Breakfast at the Beach[…]
On Thursday, April 20 the Ottawa County Parks Foundation (OCPF) celebrated its official launch as a 501(c)(3). To demonstrate the impact private donations can have on the park system, the Parks Commission made a major announcement: the construction of a suspension bridge at Grand Ravines Park. A recent article in the Grand Haven Tribune highlighted the Read more about Parks Foundation Launch Event![…]
Holland Movie Premiere: May 24, 6-8 pm Park Theater, 248 S River Ave, Holland, MI 49423 >> Buy tickets to this event by clicking here. Grand Haven Movie Premiere: May 31, 6-8 pm Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417 >> Buy tickets to this event by clicking here. Tickets for Read more about The Poor Farm: A Documentary[…]
Save the date for our launch party: April 20, 2017 from 5-6:30 pm at the Nature Education Center, located in Hemlock Crossing County Park. At this event we’ll introduce you to the Parks Foundation, discuss some potential projects, and share a MAJOR Parks announcement. Don’t miss the fun! Light snacks will be served. There will be Read more about Launch Party![…]