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mParks Deep Dive
mParks Deep Dive: An idea development series designed to provide an in-depth look into topics and trends that will foster innovation and inspire staff. 

Session 1: October 18-19 | Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, MI

Move Your Capital Outlay Plan from Dream to Reality (and how to make your dream “green”)

You have roads to repair and buildings to reimagine to stay relevant.  Where do you even start? This session will turn dreaming into doing through sessions on quantifying need, planning for the future, creating the “ask,” project management, strategic partnerships, and innovations in sustainability that can turn your basic building remodel into the embodiment of how your department defines resource stewardship for your community.

This session will appeal to directors, planners, facility and operation managers, municipalities without dedicated recreation staff, or anyone in a role relating to infrastructure sustainability.  However, as with every upcoming Deep Dive event, all are welcome to attend!  The more brains, the better the ideas.

$85 mParks Members / $100 non-mParks Members


$119 per room (single or double occupancy)

To book your room call 1-855-520-2974 and reference Michigan Recreation & Park Association

Detailed Schedule

Day 1 – October 18
Noon - 1:00 pm
Registration & Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 
How Crystal Mountain started as a dream and became a reality, and how sustainability has been a priority – Jim and Chris MacInnes
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Quantifying and telling your capital needs story –Vicki McGhee, Chief of Planning, DNR Parks and Recreation 
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Renewable Energy and Infrastructure –an overview of what options exist in the world of renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure. Facilitated by Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities•

  • Part 1: Sam Hogg, Director, Business Origination, Wolverine Energy
  • Part 2: Roger Cargill, Shupan Recycling
  • Question and Answer session on best practices and next steps
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
7:00 pm
Evening Entertainment to be Announced


Day 2 – October 19
7:45 am - 8:00 am
Grab a light breakfast and find your seat
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Successful Project Management - Eric Sheffer, Penchure
9:30 am - 9:45 am
9:45 am - 11:45 am

Forging strategic project partnerships – 

  • Part 1: Ric Evans with Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities on sustainability success stories in northern Michigan. 
  • Part 2: Oakland County Parks and the DNR to talk about the process for partnership on the Holly ORV park – Melissa Prowse, Oakland County and Jason Fleming, DNR
11:45 am - Noon
Closing Comments
Depart or stay for the Peak to Peak family-friendly race weekend!