It's a two-day, community-wide clean-up initiative that the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department are planning with Friends of Grand Rapids. Earth Day is April 22nd. 

First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is a global celebration to show support for environmental protection. In Grand Rapids, more than 30 projects are planned on April 16th and 17th for "It's My Park Days" just ahead of Earth Day. Events will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Picking up trash, spreading mulch and preparing flower beds for summer are some of the activities planned by park ambassadors. Stephanie Adams, Friends’ executive director told Fox 17,

"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."


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

The event is free. Those interested can register here in advance, though preregistration is not required. The news release states,

"Just as our homes need spring cleaning, so do our parks."

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