Improve river access and Mount Clemens park through donating on #GivingTuesday

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Entering its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely-recognized shopping events Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities. It provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners — nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals — to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.

We are excited to announce a fantastic opportunity to participate in #GivingTuesday – a crowdfunding campaign organized by the Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC), the city of Mount Clemens and Macomb County. The purpose of this crowdfunding campaign is to raise funds to install a universally-accessible kayak and canoe launch at MacArthur Park located in downtown Mount Clemens.

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The goal is to raise $60,000 in 60 days. If we reach our goal, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Public Spaces Community Places will match our donations up to $50,000 for the MacArthur Park project.

The park project will help create a link between the riverfront and downtown Mount Clemens, while enhancing MacArthur Park with improved facilities that will highlight a key recreational asset in the community and in the region. Additionally, the park will feature universally-accessible restrooms, picnic tables and kayak storage lockers, among many other amenities.

“Adding a universally-accessible kayak launch at MacArthur Park will allow users of all abilities the opportunity to experience all that Mount Clemens and the Clinton River have to offer,” said Mount Clemens Mayor Barbara Dempsey.

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MacArthur Park was one of 12 kayak and canoe launch locations identified by the CRWC through a grant provided by the Coastal Zone Management under CRWC’s WaterTowns program, which focuses on community-based placemaking initiatives to help towns and cities in the watershed leverage the assets of the Clinton River, its tributaries and Lake St. Clair for water-oriented community development. If the funding goal is reached, it will be the first universally-accessible launch to be fully funded and installed.

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Donations of any amount are accepted and appreciated. So please consider donating this #GivingTuesday!

Recreational enthusiasts, residents and businesses alike can help CRWC and the city reach their fundraising goal by making an online donation at http://www.patronicity.com/project/macarthur_park_river_access or by contacting CRWC at (248) 601-0606. The deadline to make a donation is Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.

Amanda Minaudo is a senior planner in the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development. She often contributes to the Make Macomb Your Home Blog, writing about the many fun and exciting things to see and do around Macomb County. 

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