Who is mParks?

mParks - Michigan Recreation and Park Association is the voice of Michigan’s parks and recreation community. mParks represents a devoted and diverse membership of nearly 3,000; the Association’s professional, vendor, and agency members serve and represent nearly 75 million Michigan residents.

mParks Public Policy

Association members and staff engage with government, foundations, media, and other entities to advance the interest of Michigan’s recreation and parks community. A key component of these advocacy efforts is the mParks Public Policy committee, which meets regularly to identify, discuss, and recommend positions on legislation and policies that impact the delivery of parks and recreation services. This includes but is not limited to, land-use development (zoning, planning, etc.) and financing mechanisms.

mParks’ 2017-2018 Priority Issues

While the following items are mParks’s current priority issues, additional legislation may be introduced that can impact Michigan’s parks and recreation industry. To stay in the loop, make sure you’re signed up for mParks’s e‐blast newsletter, and connect with us on social media. Visit to learn more.

Parks, Recreation and Trails Funding

Parks and recreation services strengthen local economies, enhance quality of life, create vibrant communities, and prove resident health.

mParks supports legislation that creates innovative financing mechanisms to support these impactful parks and recreation infrastructure on the state, regional, county, and local level, as well as the following programs and legislation.