The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission approved $200,000 to support the 2021 Recreation Assistance Partnership Program (RAPP), which awards grants to local communities for outreach recreation programs, opportunities and experiences.
“We are fortunate to have a parks and recreation commission that believes in making recreational opportunities available to all,” Chief of Recreation Program & Services Brandy Sotke-Boyd said. “The RAPP program provided recreation activities to more than 250,000 participants in 367 visits throughout 2019. Many of these participants may not otherwise have had access to these recreational opportunities.”
Outreach programs available through RAPP include GO! Cache and GO! Fish clinics; Oaks on the Road; Inflatable Obstacle Course; Big Games; Climbing Tower; and Stick-it Archery.
“I am pleased that we will be able to continue promoting collaborative opportunities and bringing these community-driven programs to Oakland County residents,” she said.
RAPP has a long history of providing enriching outreach programs for recreational experiences. Since 1982, the program has supported outreach programming to cities, villages, townships, community parks and recreation departments, schools, downtown development authorities, non-profit organizations and other groups in Oakland County.
The initiative is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation’s Strategic Master Plan that commits resources to create community through people, parks and programs. Outreach programming is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day and awarded through a grant process.
Grants are dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning in mid-February. For more information and a RAPP application, visit OaklandCountyParks.com or contact Recreation Programs and Services at 248-858-0916.