Old Times, Places, and Faces along the Grand River Greenway

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

Grand River Greenway taking shape

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[…]

Now announcing the Idema Explorers Trail!

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![…]

Frey & Wege Foundation Grant Awards

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[…]

Wouldn’t it be great…

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…[…]

Explorers Trail Progress in Robinson Township

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[…]

$17,000 to Save Moss House

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[…]

Grand Ravines Suspension Bridge

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[…]

Parks Foundation Endowment Fund

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 at C2C Gallery

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[…]

$125,000 Grant Award from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation

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[…]

suspension bridge

Parks Foundation Launch Event!

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![…]