Mission

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.

Latest News

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring has sprung in Kalamazoo County! This photo was taken Tuesday evening at Markin Glen County Park. Scroll to the bottom of our home page to submit your springtime county park photos. You can also submit a story. Tell us what you love about your favorite county...

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Meet the Board

Meet the Board

Welcome to our 3rd edition of "Meet the Board". Please meet Parks Foundation Board member, Sandy Bliesener, who just joined the board last year. Sandy has been with OCBA Landscape Architects in Kalamazoo for 30 years, starting as a landscape architectural project...

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Woollam Nature Preserve

Woollam Nature Preserve

The Arthur E. and Mildred H. Woollam Nature Preserve grand opening is right around the corner. We anticipate this brand new Kalamazoo County Park will open to the public this summer. The preserve will feature beautiful Bass Lake, hiking trails, new and restored...

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Share your Story!

We love hearing stories from our community members! Please share stories and pictures with us.

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.

Jilisa

Former Board Member of Parks Foundation

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!

Clarence and Family

avid trail users and supporters

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.

Mike

avid biker and local business owner

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