The mission of the Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County is to assist the County of Kalamazoo by raising funds to be used for development, improvement, maintenance, and promotion of the parks, which are now or hereafter owned and operated by the County of Kalamazoo. The Parks Foundation will also receive and administer funds for the preservation of objects of natural interest for educational and charitable purposes, and for purposes benefiting the public welfare of citizens of Kalamazoo County and Southwest Michigan.
Last fall the Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County replaced weathered and faded Friend of the Trail signs (for current or renewed commitments). This spring, we will install signs for new orders, but you must sign up by March 1st. You can choose a personal message with...
A new year has come, and many of us have made resolutions focused on healthy living and goals to be more active. Maybe you need to manage some of that stress that has crept in and threatens to overwhelm you. Getting outside and spending time in nature can improve both...
The Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County is looking for new board members willing to serve just a few short hours per month (this includes monthly meetings). If you are passionate about local parks and trails and preserving the beautiful natural resources in our...
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Below we feature some of the users and supporters of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.
The trail takes you places you cannot see from the road. It takes you into these private spaces of nature where you’re able to experience connection—connection to nature and connection to others. It’s a romantic place for my husband and me—it’s a date for us to load up the bikes and have a picnic lunch packed, and find a really special, out-of-the-way spot. It gives us time to talk and be together. It’s ours, even though we’re sharing it with lots of people.
For our family, the trail is quality family time. We are always thankful for active, engaging family time where we can experience life’s simple pleasures together. No money spent, no screens, no outside stimulus other than the beauty of whatever nature has planned for the day. It provides us with a structured way to take in a natural setting with no concern about getting lost!
For the last 30 years I have had a bike store in Battle Creek, Mi. Trails like the KRVT have a very positive impact on my business, as well as on my personal health and happiness.