A brand-new Metroparks program is underway this summer, and believe us when we say it’s going to be huge.
The program is called Summer Fun at the Metroparks, and it aims to help nearly 5,000 typically underserved citizens get out and play. Every day for 24 days beginning on Thursday, June 30, 200 different people from various community organizations will board busses and travel to one of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. There, they will have the opportunity to play golf, explore nature trails, do yoga on the beach and enjoy the splash parks while being served healthy lunches and snacks throughout the day.
The best part? It’s all absolutely free of charge.
Huron-Clinton Metroparks Director George Phifer spearheaded the idea for the program, with the entire Metroparks team collaborating to create the perfect end result.
“Our goal is to reach out to those who may not have the means to get out and enjoy the parks on their own,” said Media Relations Specialist Lisa Croff.
The program will be separated into two categories: youth/family and senior citizens. The groups will take different busses and participate in different activities to accommodate everyone’s needs, interests, and abilities.
“When people think about underserved individuals, they typically think of children in poor communities, but senior citizens’ needs are often forgotten about,” said Croff. “As a nonprofit organization, we feel obligated to make ourselves accessible to all people.”
This year, participants will come from organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Oakland and Macomb, the Robert Bowens Senior Center, the Alkebu-lan Village, the Jewish Community Center and many more.
The Huron-Clinton Metroparks system expects this program to become an annual occurrence and plans to expand to include even more individuals in the years to come.
To find out more about the Summer Fun in the Metroparks program, click here.
Jenna Russell is a summer intern for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development. She is a junior at Oakland University.