Friends of the Parks

Portage Michigan

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Portage Friends of the Parks

Parks & Recreation

7900 S Westnedge Rd

Portage MI 49002

(269) 329-4522


In the News

Recycled Art in the Park 2015


Prize awards in five categories have been announced for the 2015 Recycled Art in the Park Sculpture Contest held in Celery Flats Park from May 16-23 which are:

  • 1st Place and $1,000 to Raven Wynd for her work titled “Skelly in the Park with Sly Ones”;
  • 2nd Place and $750 to Cathy Carter for her work titled "Opening Doors to Recycling";
  • 3rd Place and $500 sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo went to Dusti Morton for her work titled “Beware of Chair”;
  • Sponsors Choice of $500 awarded by Eaton went to the Fountains of Bronson Place for their work titled “Suncatcher”; and
  • Public Choice award for $500 was also won by the Fountains of Bronson Place for “Suncatcher”.

Recycled Art in the Park 2014

by Tom Haroldson May 9, 2014
PORTAGE, MI – Entries in the second annual Portage Recycled Art in the Park contest can be seen Saturday at a special event with activities at Celery Flats on Garden Lane.

This year’s contest involves 17 works of art along the sculpture walk that also will include the opening ceremony event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and winners announced at 3 p.m. The public will also be able to begin voting for the Public Choice Award on Saturday.

Each entry features artists who have brought new life to discarded objects, from tin cans to cardboard and bottle caps. Projects are done by individual artists and school classes.

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Recycled Art in the Park 2013

by Tom Haroldson May 15, 2013
PORTAGE, MI – It’s a tall figure of telephone wire, woven yarn, metal and plastic with a few buttons. In the corner of the Portage District Library, it stands tall and is catching quite the attention.
The winner of the first Portage Recycled Art in the Park Sculpture Contest is Elizabeth Coss for her sculpture titled “Taj and the Dancer.” For her first-place prize she also wins $1,000.

The first Recycled Art in the Park event was a non-juried art show created as a venue for artists to express their creativity and create public awareness on recycling.

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