MRPA Foundation - Bridging the Past to Our Future

mParks Foundation “Play is Essential for All” equipment grant is intended to help mParks partners provide recreational opportunities for everyone in their community.

A total of 22 Play is Essential Grant Applications were reviewed. Although all projects that contain efforts to improve or enhance Universal Play are important, the funds we are able to provide to the nine (9) communities listed below will make an impact on how these agencies can provide for their residents.

2021 Award Recipients

Community Project Funding Amount
City of Ann Arbor Adaptive Paddling Gear for Kayaks $1,500
Eaton County Expression Swing Universal $2,000
East China Township Accessible Swing Set $800
City of Eaton Rapids Zero-G Swing Chair $500
City of Kentwood Recumbent Tricycle $2,500
City of Menominee Accessible Picnic Tables $500
Oshtemo Township Communication Boards* $2,500
Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority Accessible/Sensory Equipment $2,500
Sanilac County Grill with Swivel Grate / Accessible Picnic Tables $1,000

$13,000 was funded by the Play is Essential Grant account (Virtual 5K proceeds and individual donations); $800 was funded from the general budget of the mParks Foundation.

*Assists with non-verbal communication promoting inclusion on the playground. 


mParks Foundation

Mailing: P.O. Box 27609, Lansing, MI 48909-0609 | 517-485-9888 | Fax: 517-485-7932