The more occupied we are, the more distracted we become, the more often we forget to appreciate the beautiful Michigan public parks.
One organization is working with the community to help take care of the parks in Michigan. Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Department was one of the finalists for the Connecting with Community Awards in 2013 for their work with Friends of Ottawa County Parks to protect and care for the parks.
The size of the Ottawa County Parks has grown significantly past what their workers are able to cover. They partnered with Friends of Ottawa County Parks and other members of the community to help cover more parts of the park and focus on more problems, like invasive species.
Ottawa County Parks has also partnered with United Way to start an Adopt a Park Program, where a group can adopt a park to take care of it. So far fifteen of Ottawa County’s parks have been adopted.
Many schools have also been working with Ottawa County Parks, bringing in classes or service learning projects to help the organization.