Riverside Park BioBlitz – Grand River Greenway On June 12 (time TBD), Ottawa County Parks will be hosting its first-ever BioBlitz at Riverside Park (from pre-dawn to dusk). This event will bring local scientists and conservation organizations together to work with community members to build an awareness of the biodiversity along the Grand River while collecting monitoring data.
Spokes Fighting Strokes Grand River Greenway Event July 25, 2021 (time TBD) at Connor Bayou Rain date July 27 Join us for a social ride and a dose of inspiration! Local stroke survivors can test ride a trike at Connor Bayou and along the Idema Explorers Trail. Following the ride, we’ll hear from Dan Zimmerman and how he’s changing lives across the nation.
Project Update – January 14, 2021 Shoreline improvement In November 2020, we began the ambitious task of planting 2,000 southern-species trees along the Grand River shoreline at Eastmanville Farm to improve stabilization and prevent erosion. Volunteers from Herman Miller and Grand Valley State University planted 900 trees, and our Park Stewards planted the remaining 1,100 trees.
Parks Bingo Careerline Tech Center’s futurePREP’d program and Ottawa County Parks & Recreation are hosting a series of events to encourage students and their families to get outside this fall. This will be the kick-off event for Hope College’s Little Read Lakeshore program, an annual, month-long community-wide reading program. The community focus book is “Galapagos Girl” that tells the story of how a young girl connects to the natural world while living on the Galapagos islands.
Initial public input events for the Ottawa Sands Master Plan are complete, as well as natural features inventory and analysis of plant communities, wetlands, and herpetology. Based on this input, our consultant has developed concepts and options for park development that you can now view online! miOttawa.org/ottawasands Public Input There are two concepts, as well as supporting documents. After reviewing the plans, we welcome you to share feedback with us. Please send your comments via email by October 20, 2020.