Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission approves $150,000 in recreation grants

The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission approved $150,000 to support the 2014 Recreation Assistance Partnership Program (RAPP) at its Feb. 5 meeting.

RAPP provides recreation activities in communities and local parks to more than 100,000 residents annually who may not otherwise have access to those opportunities.

“The RAPP grants are an excellent opportunity for communities to enhance recreational experiences for residents. We evaluate and update our programs and services each year and the program allows us to meet the needs of residents,” Chief of Recreation Programs and Services Terry Fields said.

RAPP provides recreation opportunities to cities, villages and townships in Oakland County; other community parks and recreation departments; schools; downtown development authorities; non-profit organizations; individuals with disabilities, seniors and urban residents. RAPP is an element of the parks system’s evolving Strategic Master Plan to serve all areas and residents of Oakland County and to create a sense of community through people, parks and programs.

The grants are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and are allocated toward: outreach programs such as nature education, mobile units and Get Outdoors! Adventures; bus transportation for OCParks Express events such as Senior Fall Color and Holiday Lights Tours, nature centers and waterparks visits; community collaborations in support of community special events and festivals; and recreation collaborations such as historic tours and more.

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