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[…]

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: Download Sponsorship Levels-2018

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…[…]

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[…]

$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[…]