Time is running out! Donate now to the MacArthur Park crowdfunding campaign!

There is less than one week left to donate to the MacArthur Park crowdfunding campaign! The Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC) has only until 11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 to raise the $12,900 left needed to meet their goal. If the goal is met, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority will match their funds with an additional $50,000 donation. Here is some additional information about why you should donate, and what your donation will help to accomplish!

macarthur-park-site-plan-ao-update-3-01-1The 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. If the funding goal is reached, it will be the first universally-accessible launch to be fully funded and installed. 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.

Inclusive universal design allows increased accessibility for people of all ages, abilities and skills, while allowing for independent use whether you are an amateur or expert, young or old. Paddlers need to be able to launch and land smoothly without fear of their safety or damaging their watercraft. Inclusive accessibility ensures firm surfaces are in place to support movement while putting in or taking out watercrafts. Simply put, universal design is the design of products and environments to be made usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. 

MacArthur Park was one of 12 kayak and canoe launch locations identified as a great place for the project by the CRWC through a grant provided by the Coastal Zone Management under CRWC’s Water Towns 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.

dsc_0547People are moving to places which are better connected for non-motorized movement. They want to live in a community that links their home to parks, waterfronts, cultural facilities, jobs and downtown districts. Downtown Mount Clemens has a number of key assets drawing residents and visitors and is generally a walkable community. However, there are several key linkages missing and a number of opportunities to improve the non-motorized environment, including a universally-accessible kayak launch. This is an opportunity to grow the community’s health and wellness while connecting people to their local natural resources.

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 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Amanda Minaudo is a senior planner in the Macomb County Department of Planning & 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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