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 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[…]
On September 14, the Ottawa County Parks Foundation hosted a small fundraiser at Grand Ravines. Guests in attendance were able to take a first look at the newly completed suspension bridge. At 275′ long and 70′ high, it is believed to be the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Michigan. The bridge was funded in full Read more about Grand Ravines Suspension Bridge[…]
Interested in purchasing The Poor Farm: A Documentary Contact us: (616) 738-4810 firstname.lastname@example.org DVDs are also for sale at the Ottawa County Parks Nature Education Center, located in Hemlock Crossing County Park: 8115 West Olive Rd, West Olive, MI 49460 DVDs are $10
You can now follow the Ottawa County Parks Foundation on Facebook! facebook.com/OCParksFoundation
The Parks Foundation has established an Endowment Fund with the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. An initial investment of $5,000 was made to establish the fund and the Foundation Board has submitted a request to the Loutit Foundation for a matching grant to expand the endowment. The purpose of the endowment is to help ensure Read more about Parks Foundation Endowment Fund[…]
ArtHop benefiting the Ottawa County Parks Foundation Friday, September 1, 6-9 pm, C2C Gallery C2C Gallery will be selling $10 raffle tickets for a MICHELLE COURIER painting (a $1,300 value). Michelle will be at the event and will share about her creative life at 7:30 pm. Loren Johnson will be providing music for the evening. Read more about ArtHop benefiting the Ottawa County Parks Foundation at C2C Gallery[…]
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![…]