Park Party Photo Gallery

Sisters L-R: Sareya Huffman, a preschooler and Anijah, third grader, enjoy the Super Slide provided by Fifth Third Bank
Organizations providing activities for children include:

  • Grand Rapids  Children’s Museum
  • Grand Rapids Public Museum
  • AirZoo
  • Ferris State University
  • Kent ISD Early Childhood
  • Kent County Health Department
  • Dean Transportation
  • Pine Rest
  • Priority Health
  • Mental Health Foundation
  • Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
  • ESCAPE Fire Safety for Kids
  • Junior Achievement
  • West Michigan Whitecaps

More Maranda Park Parties are still to come this summer, including a popular one in Kentwood this Thursday from noon-2. To get families in the mood, SNN is sharing snapshots of the kickoff event at Lamar Park in Wyoming.

The purpose of the park parties “are simply to bring people together to celebrate the beauty and diversity of where they live,” Maranda said. “It’s a chance to offer free fun for everyone.

This is the 24th consecutive year for Maranda Park Parties, events with community resources, activities for children, and even lunches for children. More than 40,000 people attended Maranda Park Parties in 2017, and hundreds of students are bused to these events free of charge.

Why Park Parties? Maranda explained “when children come together and spend time playing and learning with no boundaries or barriers, beautiful things happen.”

Dianne Carroll Burdick
Dianne Carroll Burdick has worked as a photojournalist in the West Michigan area since 1991. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she has photographed for The Grand Rapids Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Detroit Free Press, Advance Newspapers, Grand Rapids Magazine, BLUE Magazine and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting and thought provoking stories of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2016.

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