Inspiring the Kent County community to move by investing in open spaces, parks, and trails.

Founded in 1999, the Kent County Parks Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding and improving parkland, protecting the environment, and preserving open space. We support the mission of the Kent County Parks Department, which is currently responsible for 38 parks and three inter-community trails.

The Kent County Parks Foundation’s fundraising projects help to build, expand, and sustain our county parks, while keeping our community engaged and informed. We act as a facilitator for donors wishing to contribute to the sustainability and improvement of Kent County Parks. Donations are used to purchase uniquely valuable parcels of land as opportunities arise. These contributions enable us to leverage matching funds from state and federal agencies to secure property or other resources for Kent County Parks.

By preserving these properties, we are helping to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the beauty of nature in Kent County, that there will be wildlife habitat and public recreation areas, and—most importantly—that we all will be able to enjoy the health, environmental, social, and economic benefits that our parks offer to everyone.

While Kent County residents already support the Parks through their property taxes, a family with a home valued at $200,000 pays only $11.66 per year to support the parks. The Foundation uses the dollars that are donated to facilitate land acquisitions and ensure the parks are preserved and maintained. Due to the economic downturn over the past years, funding has been dramatically reduced for the continued protection and maintenance of our 38 parks.

Who We Are

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Lori Baker 
Chair 
Tax Partner at Baker Holtz

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Jim Conner
Vice Chair
Triangle

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David Kinsman
Treasurer
Chase Bank

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Kim Bode
Secretary
Principal at 834 Design

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Linda Brunzell
Board Member
Wolverine Worldwide

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Betsy Haller
Board Member
Bank of Holland

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Denise Kolesar
Board Member
Kohler Expos, Inc.

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Jim  Reminga Board Member  Rockford Construction

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Glen Myers
Board Member
Amway

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Roger Sabine
Board Member
Kent County Parks

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John Schneider
Board Member
Clark Hill

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Mary Swanson
Board Member
Kent County

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Pattijean McCahill
Executive Director
MBA, MPA
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