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Previous Healthy Recreation Catalyst Award Winners

Previous Healthy Recreation Catalyst Award Winners

2017 Winners

  • 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. 
  • Boar’ 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.

2016 Winners

  • Adult Aqua Fit: A $1,500 grant will allow the City of Richmond to expand their Aqua Fit program, which offers adults the opportunity to strengthen muscles and improve their cardiovascular fitness in a low-impact manner.
  • Step it Up! Walking Challenge: After the successful launch of this popular walking program in Ottawa County this spring, a $2,500 grant is helping the Ottawa Department of Public Health offer a fall session. 
  • Park-to-Preserve Hiking Trail Connector: A 300-foot boardwalk will connect a hiking and walking trail in Washtenaw County’s Sharon Mills County Park with a hiking trail in the Nan Weston Preserve, which is owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy. Construction will be funded by a $2,500 grant and $1,000 contributions from Washtenaw County and The Nature Conservancy. It is expected that use of both trails will increase significantly because of the increased trail length and accessibility. 
  • Get Fit in the Park: A $2,650 grant allowed the Waterford Parks and Recreation Department to offer low-cost and free outdoor fitness programs in township parks this summer, including group running and jogging groups and yoga classes.
  • Healthy Trenton Bicycle Network Development: One of the main objectives of the City of Trenton’s Five-Year Parks and Recreation Master Plan is to develop a series of walking/biking/fitness trails that connect areas of the city to encourage an active community. A $4,000 grant will go toward improving existing bike routes and strategically locating new bike racks in the downtown area to encourage use of the city’s connected trails and to encourage business patronage and economic development.     
  • Play on the Way: The Play on the Way program at Central Michigan University (CMU) is managed and operated by the CMU Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure. It focuses on providing recreational activities to underserved and rural families who do not have access to programs within their own neighborhood. The launch marks the first such university-based initiative of its kind in the United States and is funded in part by a $4,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.   


2015 Winners

Thank you to all the agencies who applied for the Healthy Recreation Catalyst Award. Winners were announced in November 2015,

Genesee County Parks - iBikeParks!
Ten-week bike education and riding program June-August 2016

Michigan DNR - Bike Rentals
Bike rentals at the beach concession store at Petoskey State Park

Lansing Parks and Recreation - Fit Families
Family fitness event series featuring coaching and online tools to prepare participants for a 5K

City of Tecumseh Parks and Recreation - Portable Shuffleboard Court
Moveable shuffleboard court to be set up in the tennis courts and in the AJ Smith Recreation Center.