The mParks Foundation at Work

Universally Accessible Hunting & Nature Viewing Blind

A gift from the Raymond C. Davis Access to Recreation Endowment Fund

A $17,000 gift from the Raymond C. Davis, Sr. Access to Recreation Endowment Fund has made it possible for the mParks Foundation to provide an accessible hunting and nature-viewing blind for parks and recreation departments across Michigan.

Any member of mParks may reserve the blind free of charge for use in their community. To place your reservation, contact the Foundation or call the mParks office at 517.485.9888.

Making the Case for Parks and Recreation

The mParks Foundation provided $12,000 for the creation of a grant proposal which would fund research demonstrating the economic value and quality of life impact of parks, recreation, and leisure services in Michigan.

Titled "Making the Case for Parks and Recreation," the research study would provide much needed quantitative data to illustrate the importance of parks and recreation, specific to the State of Michigan.

To date, the Foundation has also provided:

$1.4 million in Access to Recreation grants to communities (seven Accessible by Design Awards, 23 matching grants).

More than 59 scholarships for parks and recreation professionals to attend state and national professional development conferences, a total of more than $25,450.

Funding to host the first-ever mParks Come Out & Play Day at the Capitol and Legislative Luncheon.

Seven scholarships for professionals to attend training at the National Center on Accessibility.

Three webinars providing accessibility best practices in regards to boating and fishing, playgrounds and interpretive trails.

Two inclusion seminars held at the annual mParks Conference & Trade Show.

$6,500 grant for mParks website redesign, featuring a Discussion Forum, Career Center, and Resource Center with industry best practices, tools, and samples.

The mParks Foundation continually provides input and financial support to the Michigan Recreation & Park Assocation.