Green Investment – Fur traders, bootleggers and Gerald Ford: Ottawa Parks have history

Ottawa County parks have robins, streams, hemlock trees, trails, and chipmunks. They also have history. Wander the trails at Paw Paw Park at Holland and you’ll find a sign marking where immigrant Jan Rabbers in 1847 built a dock at the fork in the narrow river, to bring supplies by flatboat to the new village Read more about Green Investment – Fur traders, bootleggers and Gerald Ford: Ottawa Parks have history[…]

Veterans of the Ottawa County Poor Farm

May 16 at 7 PM, Hemlock Crossing County Park From Old Soldiers Homes that cared for Civil War veterans to the V.A. today, Americans have recognized the responsibility to provide haven for our nation’s wounded and aging warriors. But, not all in need found their way to those facilities. It seems oddly shameful and compassionate Read more about Veterans of the Ottawa County Poor Farm[…]

Green Investment – Parks offer healing, antidote for stress

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 offer healing, antidote for stress One crisis phone call can be plenty of stress for any one of us. Dealing with hundreds a day, as Read more about Green Investment – Parks offer healing, antidote for stress[…]

Green Investment – Economic Development and the Parks

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 Offer Green Enticement to Talent, Business Dana Grassmid loved the mountains of Colorado in seven years living near Denver, but even their heights didn’t measure Read more about Green Investment – Economic Development and the Parks[…]

Green Investment – Community Backyards

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.  Ottawa Parks serve as big community backyards Even with several acres of property at home, Brenda Easterling and her children can’t do everything in their own Read more about Green Investment – Community Backyards[…]

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.  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[…]

Public Observatory at Hemlock Crossing

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[…]

We are hiring!

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.    

$50,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation

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 – Health

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[…]

Become a Sponsor

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: parksfoundation@miottawa.org Download Sponsorship Levels-2018

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 Please note Read more about Old Times, Places, and Faces along the Grand River Greenway[…]

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[…]