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Friends of Grand Rapids Parks plans community-wide clean-ups ahead of Earth Day

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Posted at 9:27 AM, Apr 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-07 09:27:51-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Friends of Grand Rapids Parks will partner with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department for a two-day, community-wide clean-up initiative just before Earth Day 2021.

“It’s My Park Days” has more than 30 projects available throughout the city on April 16 and 17, according to a news release Wednesday.

Park ambassadors will lead volunteers in beautification activities like picking up trash, spreading mulch and preparing flower beds for summer.

Events will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Our parks have seen record numbers of users this past year and volunteer projects like ‘It’s My Park Days’ bring neighbors together in celebration of these special, shared spaces,” said Stephanie Adams, Friends’ executive director.

Organizers say the event’s name is inspired by the idea that these public green spaces belong to every member of our community, and the knowledge that for many, the neighborhood park feels like an extension of home.

“Just as our homes need spring cleaning, so do our parks,” the news release said.

The event is free, and Friends asks that participants follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks.

Those interested can register here in advance, though preregistration is not required.

Projects are planned at:

  • Ah-Nab-Awen Park
  • Aman Park
  • Ball Perkins Park
  • Belknap Park
  • Briggs Park
  • Calder Plaza
  • Campau Park
  • Canal Street Park
  • Cherry Park
  • Clemente Park
  • Coit Park
  • Dickinson Buffer Park
  • Fish Ladder Park
  • Fuller Park
  • Garfield Park
  • Hastings Linear
  • Highland Park
  • Huff Park
  • Joe Taylor Park
  • Lookout Park
  • MacKay-Jaycee Park
  • Mary Water’s Park
  • MLK Park
  • Monument Park
  • Mulick Park
  • Plaster Creek
  • Raspberry Field
  • Reservoir Park
  • Riverside Park
  • Veteran’s Park
  • Wilcox Park

In addition, all of Grand Rapids’ Westside parks will be part of the annual Westside Community Clean-up, taking place in coordination with “It’s My Park Days” on April 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Residents participating in that event will also clean up the area’s neighborhoods, not just its parks.

More information can be found here.