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[…]

Green Investment – Save MI Hemlocks

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[…]

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[…]

$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 – 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.  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 – 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[…]

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[…]