Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Giving to the Parks

Along with many volunteer opportunities, residents and visitors alike can support parks financially in many ways.

Commemorative Bench Program

Are you looking for a special way to commemorate a milestone?

  • A tribute in memory of a loved one
  • A distinctive recognition of an individual or family
  • An honor for making an achievement or special event
  • Anniversary, birthday, retirement or any special occasion

As of Spring 2022, the Ottawa County Parks Foundation now runs the commemorative bench program. Visit their website to complete an inquiry form, or click the button below.

Sponsor a Bench

Ottawa County Parks Foundation

The Ottawa County Parks Foundation raises funds to assist the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission in achieving goals for acquiring land, developing parks and providing parks and recreation services to residents and visitors of Ottawa County.

Here are a few examples of the projects they support:
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The Nature Center Endowment Fund


With school budgets more prudent than ever, many children may not get to experience the joy and wonderment of a field trip to Ottawa County’s Nature Center without your donation.

Schools needing financial support for a field trip can request grants from the Nature Center Endowment Fund (through our local community foundation) to help with expenses. Donations to the fund are also used to purchase educational supplies for the free nature programs offered at the center. Those who donate $500 or more will be acknowledged, if desired, on a Giving Tree displayed prominently inside the Nature Center (donation levels below).

You may donate to the Nature Center Endowment Fund by mail or online. To make a donation, please follow the directions below. If you have any questions, please call the Parks Office at 616-786-4847. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Donate online through the Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland

Donate online through the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation

Donate by mail - Download and print the donation form

Donation Amount

Giving Tree Emblem

$500 to $999 Oak Leaf
$1,000 to $1,499 Acorn
$1,500 to $2,499 Songbird
$2,500 to $9,999 Rock
$10,000 and above Boulder