of Ottawa County Parks is
an organization dedicated to connecting people with nature,
recreation and community by partnering with the Ottawa County
Parks & Recreation Commission. Organized in 2005, the Friends
sponsors programs to build public awareness of the Ottawa County
park system by hosting events and providing information about
Ottawa County parks and open spaces.
are the third Wednesday of each
month, except December,
4:00 PM in Room A at Fillmore
Location For Santa Event!
Nature Education Center will be the site for visiting
Mr. and Mrs. Claus this year. Bring the family for
pictures with Santa, refreshments, crafts for children,
and walks on the winter trails. Located in Hemlock
Crossing County Park, this free event will be held
Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1-4 pm. more...
Friends’ Projects &
Helped with 2015 Dog Park fundraising event.
Staffed aide station for first M 23.1 run over the Grand
Hosted Santa & Mrs. Claus visit at the Weaver House.
Hosted Ice Fishing event at Eastmanville Bayou.
Promoted parks, healthy activities, and nature education at
Four Points Health Expo, Macatawa Water Festival,
Holland Hospital Wellness Fair, Hudsonville Games,
GVSU Campus Health Expo, Salmonfest KidZon,e
Earth Day Fair, Sportsmen for Youth Expo
Assisted parks staff at Holland Tulip Time and Paw Paw Park
Helped parks staff with open house events for Grand Ravines
Hosted open house events at the Weaver House in Pine Bend
Recruited volunteers for work days to remove invasives.
Assisted parks staff and health department with some Walking
Partnered with Friends members to sponsor 2 benches for
Sponsored student bus transportation for United Way’s Junior
Day of Caring.
Helped with cost of the 3rd year of the Goat Project.
Obtained grant from Perrigo Foundation to assist WMEAC with
Grand River Clean Up costs.
Sponsored students from 5 schools for trips on the Grand
Lady as part of their study program.
Hosted 2 very successful Grand Lady excursions - with parks
staff providing programs.
Sponsored two Eagle Scout candidates with their projects in
Helped purchase adult & child size life jackets for use with
Provided funds to purchase Beach Wheelchair for North Beach
Donated $500 for Sesquicentennial events at Eastmanville
Donated $1,000 to new Ottawa County Parks Foundation.
Friends members volunteered for 2016 Dog Park fundraising
The ‘cost’ for many of these activities is primarily
donation of volunteer time & effort. Some of these projects
required money. Following are estimates for the Sept 2015 to
Sept 2016 year:
We received $10,500 from membership dues, donations and
We have paid $14,000 for programs and projects in the
last twelve months.
We now have $ 9,000 available for planning future
efforts to enhance our parks, promote nature education
and encourage healthy activities.
The contributions of time, talent, effort, and funds
from every member and donor are very much appreciated. Thank you