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Jun
01
A story about the value of sports (author unknown): "One of my friends asked "Why do you pay so much money for your kids to do all their sports”? Well I have a confession to make; I don't pay for my kids to to do sports. Personally, I couldn't care less about what sport they do. So, if I am not paying for sports what am I paying for? - I p... Read full article »
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May
31
Natural Resources Trust Fund HOUSE BILL 5631: Diverting Timber Funding to Firefighters  (sponsored by Al Pscholka) Modifies the Forest Finance Authority and the Forest Development Fund. The Language in the statute currently requires states:  “The authority shall use money in the forest development fund for 1 or more of the f... Read full article »
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May
17
Each year Mackinac Island springs to life with a weekend of jazz melodies and the 59th Annual Bridge Walk during the Labor Day Jazz Weekend, and mParks has your first-class ticket to join the fun!  mParks' Jazzy Walk Weekend is an all-inclusive discounted travel package featuring ferry transportation to Mackinac Island, accommodations at the ... Read full article »
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Apr
26
Physical activity is a common theme for people of all ages, and in 2015 the community of Saline, MI proved that everyone can make great health and wellness accomplishments by using their local parks and recreation offerings.  Saline Senior Center and Saline Recreation Center both received a "Pathways to a Healthier Michigan" grant in 2... Read full article »
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Apr
04
Legislative Highlights: Federal Action Affecting P&R While mParks typically focuses our advocacy efforts on state legislation and policy, we also monitor federal movement that could impact our members and the communities they serve. Below are some recent happenings on the federal parks and recreation landscape: Impact of the Federal Budget... Read full article »
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Apr
01
Come Out and Play: 5 tips for the best summer ever in Michigan Sizzling burgers, laughter, and warm sunshine on your skin: these are the sensations of summer, and with the weather warming up, it's time to get ready for outdoor fun!  Michigan has bountiful opportunities for recreation. Explore the trails. Take the kids to a sports camp. Pack ... Read full article »
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Feb
10
Are you a Certified Park and Recreation Professional or Executive? Are you attending the mParks Conference & Trade Show next week? We need your help! There are education sessions that still need CEU moderators! Help your fellow professionals by volunteering for a session or two! Here are the sessions that still need moderators: TRAIL S... Read full article »
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Dec
23
*Update Jan. 6, 2016*  The #MiShoeYear Campaign is gaining traction! Check out the media stories that have been published and be sure to get in on the promotion by using the campaign resources below. #MiShoeYear: Pick up your feet, head to a park (Lansing State Journal) DNR teams up with state parks for Shoe Year's Hikes&... Read full article »
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Nov
19
Sponsorship, advertising opportunities available for the annual mParks Conference & Trade Show, Feb. 16-19 Looking for an avenue to connect with high-level decision makers from park and recreation departments across Michigan? Sponsoring an event or advertising at the 2016 mParks Conference & Trade Show provides a unique opportunity to co... Read full article »
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Nov
09
This month four parks and recreation agencies received grant funding between $1,000 and $5,000 to implement projects focused on getting people active and healthy. The funding is provided through the Healthy Recreation Catalyst Award, which is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and available to any member of mParks&n... Read full article »
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Oct
29
Members: Want to receive the latest updates and industry news? Update the communication preferences on the profile page! On the profile page, you can subscribe to email updates on topics like athletics, marketing, programming, regional groups, public policy and more. Please note that member login is required to access this page.  Don... Read full article »
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Oct
13
Since most email service providers (like Outlook and Gmail) use a spam filter to protect you from dangerous emails, we ask that you add us to your trusted list of senders, contacts or address book (this process is known as "whitelisting"). If you aren't receiving emails from mParks (or if they're displaying incorrectly), the spam filter may have c... Read full article »
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Oct
07
  On October 1, mParks inducted eight very special individuals into the Association's Hall of Fame.  On permanent display at the Summit on the Park in Canton, Michigan, the mParks Hall of Fame provides recognition for professionals and special individuals who have made outstanding, unique, lasting, and extraordinary contributions though... Read full article »
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Sep
29
  Friday, October 2 is Visit a Park Day, a great opportunity to get out and active in a local park or recreation area.  Organized by the NRPA Young Professionals group, the event is designed to encourage residents to visit parks, and provides P&R departments with a great opportunity to promote local amenities. Spread the word abo... Read full article »
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Sep
29
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is set to expire TOMORROW, September 30th - putting a legacy of conservation at risk. About LWCF Over its fifty-year legacy, the LWCF State Assistance Program, which grants matching funds to state and local communities' investments in acquiring and improving park land, has provided over $4 billion... Read full article »
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Aug
31
Parks & Recreation Business magazine is a national publication that reaches an audience of nearly 70,000. The magazine’s August issue includes a feature article on equestrian trails and the horse-friendly status of mParks member Oakland County Parks & Recreation. The piece can be viewed on the PRB website or via print PDF here. mPa... Read full article »
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Aug
26
Park and recreation agencies are health and wellness leaders in their communities. Having a safe place to go after school to be active and eat healthy are vital services park and recreation agencies provide. That's why the National Recreation and Park Association created Commit to Health—a campaign that supports the implementation and evaluat... Read full article »
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Aug
24
Question: What do you call an event that is one part wakeboarding competition, one part world recordbreaking attempt, one part water antics display, and one part country music concert? Answer: the MasterCraft Throwdown – organized by Mastercraft and the X Games, hosted at Kent County Parks Department’s Millennium Park on August 8, and ... Read full article »
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Aug
17
There’s been some great articles published lately about the benefits of conservation, nature, and trees! Given the latest news coverage (and the nearing application deadline for the 2015 Community Tree Planting Grant Program via Consumers Energy and MFPA), we’re sharing studies, funding opportunities, and resources all about trees. Ch... Read full article »
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Aug
12
Since 1947, the Great Lakes Park Training Institute (GLPTI) has provided training, development, and networking opportunities for park agency and district directors, supervisors, and front-line personnel. Institute session topics include administration, park planning, design and management, facility operations and maintenance, conservation, and natu... Read full article »
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