Building Healthy Places: Creating Parks with Purpose
In October 2019, mParks - Michigan Recreation and Park Association, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), announced the availability of $100,000 to leverage the power of parks to improve community health in Eastern Washtenaw and Western Wayne Counties. The goal of the Building Healthy Places grant was to fund the implementation and evaluation of infrastructure, policy, and educational interventions to promote access to high quality greenspace and physical activity.
On Friday, January 10, 2020, the 10 selected grantees were notified. The award recipients will implement infrastructure improvements and/or physical activity programming using mParks’ Come Out and Play or Walk Michigan curriculum. With this funding, grantees will have the resources to build healthier communities through greenspace enhancements and/or greenspace activation through physical activity programming.
"Each of these grant recipients submitted projects that support strategic investments in our built environment to create equitable greenspaces for healthy living,” said Clay Summers, mParks Executive Director. “We received 17 proposals and the selection committee worked diligently to identify the those that would have the largest impact.”
The grantees selected to receive the Building Healthy Places funding have demonstrated that their projects are sustainable and will help to improve the well-being of their community. The 10 grantees include:
- Charter Twp. Of Superior Dept. of Parks & Recreation
- Charter Township of Ypsilanti
- City of Romulus
- City of Wayne
- City of Westland
- Community Family Life Center
- Food Gatherers
- Programs to Educate All Cyclists
- The City of Ypsilanti
- Wayne County Parks