Access to Recreation

In October 2006, the Midland Area Community Foundation was awarded a matching grant through an Access to Recreation initiative funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and coordinated by the Midwest Community Foundation Ventures that will provide for enhanced universal recreation access for everyone, including those with disabilities.

The $440,000 matching grant to the MACF was one of five grants awarded to community foundations across Michigan. These grants were designed as a means to convene community partners for the purpose of promoting universal access to recreation sites and build endowments to provide for the long-term focus on accessibility.

For more information on the Access 2 Recreation initiative, please contact the community foundation at 989.839.9661 or info@midlandfoundation.org.

Here is how A2R has benifited Midland so far:

Phase I:

Phase I is complete and consisted of:

West Midland Family Center:

  • Creation of an 1,000 ft pathway that connects to accessible playground and picnic tables
  • Restrooms
  • Fire ring
  • Multi-purpose court

Midland Community Center:

  • Indoor and outdoor spray park
  • Accessible play-features
  • Soft slip resistant surface
  • Accessible parking and walkway
  • Barrier free restrooms

Phase II:

Phase II is complete and consisted of:

  • 100% accessible canoe and kayak launch sites were installed at the following locations:
  • Sanford Lake Park
  • Chippewa Nature Center Chippewa Cabin
  • Midland Farmer’s Market Bank (Tridge)

Those partnering with the Midland Area Community Foundation in this endeavor are the Chippewa Nature Center, Disability Network of Mid-Michigan, Midland Community Center, Midland County Parks and Recreation Department, and West Midland Family Center.

If you are interested in making a financial contribution to the Access to Recreation Project Fund or the Access to Recreation Endowment Fund, please contact the Foundation at 989-839-9661 or use our online donation form.

Initiatives

2020 Census Hub Established to ensure our region gets an accurate count in the upcoming 2020 census
Access to Recreation Allowing everyone the opportunity to get out and explore
Cultural Awareness Celebrating diversity and diverse points of view
Exploring Our Future Ensuring Midland remains a strong, vibrant, welcoming community well into the future
Midland County Career and College Access Network (CCAN) Working to provide everyone in Midland County access to postsecondary education
Midland County Youth Action Council (MCYAC) Providing grantmaking and other philanthropic opportunities to area youth
RiverDays The free family event culminates with a spectacular fireworks show
Santa House Each year, Santa comes to Midland on the Tuesday evening after Thanksgiving.
The Big Give A men's Giving Circle impacting nonprofits in Midland County
Violence Prevention Partnership Promoting the safety and well-being of our citizens