December 14, 2015

History

A small group of Ottawa County Michigan residents formed an all-volunteer committee in the summer of 2015 with the intent to form a Parks Foundation. Initial discussions have included a desire to build a fund of donations for short-term park enhancements and possible property acquisition projects. Donations could also be used for long-term investment to assist with future development, sustainability, and maintenance of park properties.

Assets held by such a Foundation could be invested for planned future use or could be distributed at the direction of the board of directors in cooperation with or under provisions of an operating agreement with the Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission.

Some of the possible endeavors to benefit from such an arrangement could be related to specific projects like the Grand River Greenway (including land or easement purchase and trail construction), other property acquisition or enhancement efforts, or cooperative projects between the parks department and other governmental, community, or private entities.

The Ottawa County Parks Foundation will raise funds to assist the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission in achieving goals for acquiring land, developing parks and providing parks and recreation services to residents and visitors of Ottawa County. It may also assist other organizations within Ottawa County with similar goals. Programs to achieve these goals will include various fundraising initiatives including efforts to secure donations of estates, solicitation of general donations from individuals and foundations, mail and email solicitations, fundraisers including annual banquet, plus other methods to be determined.

Board of Directors

Tom Werkman, President
Cathy Feyt
Alice Hoban
Bobbi Jones Sabine
Mark Oppenhuizen
Brian Stauffer
Shelly Stephens
Timothy Stoepker
David VanGinhoven
Marjorie Viveen