Kent County Bike Tour
Jul
30
7:00 am07:00

Kent County Bike Tour

  • Roselle Park

Come join our first Kent County Bike Tour! Kent County Parks Foundation and Grand Rapids Bicycle Co. are partnering to host this bike tour that takes you through up to 15 of our amazing parks. The goal of this event is to highlight some of Kent County's premier parks and green spaces surrounding our area. We will provide each rider with an event-day packet, a fully marked course, and with snacks or lunch at our volunteer-run aid stations. This event is a benefit for the Kent County Parks Foundation, and all proceeds will go towards preserving our local natural areas. 

For more information or to sign up go to bikreg.com

Firefly Ball
Sep
15
6:00 pm18:00

Firefly Ball

  • Millennium Park

The Firefly Ball will take place on September 15th at beautiful Millennium Park! The Kent County Parks Foundation hosts this spectacular, casual evening of fun to celebrate and honor those who have contributed to the growth of our parks and trails. The seated dinner and awards ceremony take place from 6:00pm - 8:00pm followed by "The Afterglow" from 8:00pm - 10:00pm "The Afterglow"  will feature live music, cocktails, dessert, and outdoor activities that showcase this gem of a park! Tickets for the entire evening are $250 a piece or tickets can be purchased for "The Afterglow" portion of the event alone for $100.

Purchase tickets HERE

For more information, please contact Kate Meyer at 616-458-2080 or kate.meyer@kcpf.org.


Retro Beach Party
Jun
23
7:00 pm19:00

Retro Beach Party

  • Millennium Park

This event has been postponed until further notice. We hope to see you at the beach at one of our other events this year! 

 

Apr
19
7:30 am07:30

Parks Matter!

  • Salvation Army Kroc Center
 
 

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Project Johnson Disc Golf Tournament Fundraiser
Oct
1
12:00 pm12:00

Project Johnson Disc Golf Tournament Fundraiser

  • Brewer Park

This disc golf tournament in Brewer Park, held by the Flight Risk Disc Golf Club, will support Project Johnson, a crowdfunding effort by KCPF and Grand Rapids Disc Golfers Unite (GRDGU) to renovate the course in Johnson Park. Johnson Park's disc golf course is a popular spot for beginners and skilled players alike to "go discing," and in recent years it has fallen into disuse. The renovation plan consists of replacing all 18 baskets and tee pads as well as installing 2 practice baskets.

The tournament is two rounds of singles where disc golfers will play through both the North and South courses in Brewer Park once. Levels include Junior, Novice, Recreational, Intermediate, Advanced, and Open.

For more information and to sign up for the tournament, click here.

To donate to Project Johnson and earn some cool perks, click here.

Something's Grilling VII
Sep
15
6:00 pm18:00

Something's Grilling VII

  • Millennium Park

This year marks the 12th anniversary of the opening of Millennium Park and we’re gathering together to recognize the work that our community leaders have done to ensure that Kent County’s natural beauty is preserved for all to enjoy. On September 15th we will be hosting the seventh Something's Grilling Gala at Millennium Park! Our Honorary Event Chairs, Peter Secchia & John Canepa, invite you to join us as we recognize Dick & Betsy DeVos, Dan & Pamella DeVos, Cheri DeVos, and Doug & Maria DeVos for their generous contributions to our Kent County Parks.                        

For more information on this event, to become a sponsor, or puchase a ticket, click here.

Chief Hazy Cloud Park Kayak Tours
Aug
24
Oct 8

Chief Hazy Cloud Park Kayak Tours

  • Ada Covered Bridge

Take a kayak tour of Chief Hazy Cloud Park in Ada led by our executive director, Kate Meyer, get a preview of the projects to help expand and develop it. Meet at the Ada Covered Bridge for a picnic before heading out on the water and paddle down the river while seeing the future of this park that's been in our county family since 1924.

Dates:

  • Wednesday, August 24 5:30-8:30pm
  • Friday, August 26 5:30-8:30pm
  • Saturday, October 1 1:00-4:00pm
  • Saturday, October 8 1:00-4:00pm

Limit 7 people per tour. Pre-registration is required. RSVP to Kate Meyer at kate.meyer@kentcountyparksfoundation.org

Jun
24
6:00 pm18:00

Wetland Walk in Pickerel Lake Park

Join Raymond Gates, Associate Professor of Biology at Cornerstone University, on an evening stroll around beautiful Pickerel Lake! Learn about the plants and animals that live right in these wetlands and then enjoy a picnic while being serenaded by a chorus of frogs!

Please be sure to wear appropriate attire, including footwear. Insect repellant suggested.

RVSP by Thursday with Kate Meyer at kate.meyer@kentcountyparksfoundation.org

2016 Grand Rapids Conservation Collective
Mar
31
4:30 pm16:30

2016 Grand Rapids Conservation Collective

  • The Cheney Place

The 2016 Grand Rapids Conservation Collective is an opportunity for current and future volunteers, members, and supporters of the participating organizations to learn more at an informal open house held at The Cheney Place from 4:30pm-6:30pm

Guests are encouraged to learn more about region-wide volunteer opportunities as well as upcoming projects that will positively impact the environment in West Michigan. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided and this event is free to attend. 

Participating organizations include: Kent County Parks Foundation, Blandford Nature Center, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, John Ball Zoo, Land Conservancy of West Michigan, West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds, Sierra Club, The West Michigan Cluster of The Stewardship Network, and Kent County Parks Department Volunteer Services.

Apr
12
Apr 18

Bill and Paul's Sporthaus Presents "The North Face Perks for Parks Week!"

Bill and Paul's Sporthaus will be donating 20% of all sales of The North Face products from April 12 through April 18, 2015 to the Kent County Parks Foundation.

The first 50 Customers purchasing TNF products at Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus will receive a special TNF bag as a gift with purchase valued at $20. Also, during the week customers can enter to win one of two North Face Basecamp Duffel bags valued from $120-$145!

Want to learn more about The North Face and Kent County Parks Foundation? Representatives will be at Bill and Paul's on Friday, April 17 from 12pm-4pm