Grand River Greenway & Explorers Trail

Acquisition of additional greenway properties and construction of the Explorers Trail, a 30-mile pathway connecting Grand Rapids to Grand Haven.



The joy of nature woven into everyone’s lives.
Bridging community to nature.

The natural features in Ottawa County make it a desirable place to live, work, and play. People of all ages crave connection to the wonderful variety of outdoor experiences that Michigan offers. But these experiences require a place to go, and most people don’t have their own significant green space. We are committed to investing in green spaces in Ottawa County by purchasing, maintaining, and facilitating the access to many diverse parks that can be enjoyed by all.

  • We are focused on providing more green space and recreational opportunities in Ottawa County.

  • Ottawa County Parks has a proven track record for offering quality parks, open spaces, programs and services. Support from the Parks Foundation can provide the margin of excellence for the park system now and in the future.

  • We raise money for land purchases, park improvements and amenities that will increase access to and diversity of park land. Foundation support helps ensure the financial sustainability of the park system.

  • We can leverage a variety of gifts of any size for maximum impact.

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