mParks is excited to announce the recipients of the 2017 Healthy Recreation Catalyst Award! Of the 31 applicants, six projects, totaling $15,000, were funded. The Healthy Recreation Catalyst Award aims to implement projects focused on getting people active and healthy. The award is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and available to any member of mParks.

“Come Out and Swim” – City of Livonia, $3,000. 

Come out and Swim is a three part program that will provide free swim lessons to 120 children grades K-6; low-cost aerobics classes for six weeks for up to 30 adults; and a youth and family triathlon with free training sessions for an expected 70 participants. 



“’Board’ Walk at the Hive” – Howell Area Parks and Recreation Authority, $3,500. The Hive is a youth service center, and this project will develop an outdoor space shared by The Hive youth and the community at large. The project will host multi-generational programs. 

“Hickory Hills Disc Golf Expansion” – City of Traverse City, $1,000.The expansion of the Hickory Hills Disc Golf Course will be a highly utilized destination at an existing popular location.

“Get Outside and Play!” – City of Mackinac Island Recreation Department, $3,000.

Get Outside and Play! will support a series of clinics with experts in several outdoor pursuits, introducing residents to new outdoor activities. The program is intended to get residents engaged in new activities, thereby increasing utilization of existing park and outdoor recreation assets. 

“Eddy Discovery Center Nature Play Area and Accessible Trail” – DNR, $3,000.

The improvement will increase accessibility for children age 3-12 to a nature-based play area, and make an ADA-accessible trail loop through an outdoor natural setting. Healthy 

“Healthy Lives and Happy Trails of Barry County” – Barry County Parks and Recreation, $1,500 (requested $3,000).Barry County Parks and Recreation in collaboration with Barry-Eaton Health Department will host a day-long event designed to promote outdoor recreation and good nutrition.