Imagine Flint Parks Update
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Round #2!

        Based on the tremendous response that was received from last month's Imagine Flint Parks newsletter, we realized that there were a number of groups that were not acknowledged. We would like to take this opportunity to formally recognize the tremendous amount of support and partnership given from countless groups, both private and public, to aid the City in our ongoing efforts to revitalize Flint parks.
         To learn more about this work or to connect with the Master Plan, please contact us at (810)766-7426 ext. 3029 or

Financial Supporters
Ruth Mott Foundation
As part of its mission to advocate, stimulate, and support community vitality, the Ruth Mott Foundation has historically provided generous financial support for many Flint parks. They have funded projects ranging from the establishment of a Max Brandon Eco-Park initiative, the restoration of Riverbank Park, and the development of a City Park Adopter Program through Keep Genesee County Beautiful.
Community Foundation of Greater Flint
Guided by its vision of leading people to create a viable and vibrant place where all people can thrive, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint provides grant opportunities to community groups through its Neighborhood Small Grants Program. Past grantees have undertaken numerous neighborhood-based improvement projects, including many in Flint Parks.
Genesee County Parks and Recreation
Thanks to a new partnership with the City, on July 1st of this year, Genesee County Parks and Recreation took over management and maintenance in 4 city parks, including Max Brandon, McKinley, Thread Lake and Flint Park Lake. In addition to maintenance and security, they have also hosted several community open house events and even partnered with local law enforcement to remove abandoned vehicles from Flint Park Lake.
Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy
As part of their ongoing commitment to the S. Saginaw corridor, Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy has provided $10,000 in match funding for the City's Grand Traverse Greenway "placeplan" project. They have also pledged commitment of additional funds upwards of $75,000 to support improvements in McKinley Park. 
Community Supporters
For the past 16 years, the Friends of the Flint River Trail have led regular Sunday bicycle rides and have volunteered hours of service on the trail to promote safe and active bicycling. Their Sunday trail rides draw nearly 40 riders every week and have introduced many riders to the trail, the river and most importantly, the Flint community.
Made up of neighbors, churches and community groups in the area surrounding Max Brandon Park, the Friends of Max Brandon Park have worked tirelessly to improve the park and ensure that it remains a vital source of recreation and community fellowship. In addition to organizing volunteer cleanups of the park, they have also partnered with City planning staff to provide support for the City's Max Brandon Eco-Park initiative
Organized with support from the Flint Area Reinvestment Office (FARO), the South Saginaw Task Force is a group of civic minded businesses and community organizations in the South Saginaw area. As an organization they have advocated and provided support for the Grand Traverse Greenway project, improvements at McKinley Park and other community beautification efforts in South Flint.  
Developed in 1875, McFarlan Park is the oldest park in the City of Flint. Today, the Friends of McFarlan Park are spearheading a fundraising campaign to fund the expansion and improvement of the park's veteran's memorial. Following development, the park will stand as a living testament to the bravery and valor of countless soldiers from the Flint and Genesee County area who have died in service to their country.
To help support ongoing implementation of the Master Plan, a group of local park and environmental advocates has been formed. As one of seven Master Plan Implementation Task Groups, this group will work to implement strategies in the Environmental Features, Parks, and Open Space chapter of the Master Plan over the next year.
Since 2005, the Kearsley Park Players have staged performances, plays, and other public events at Flint's Kearsley Park. Their performances have provided a rich cultural experience for park goers young and old. Their 2014 performance season featured such shows as The Merry Wives of Windsor, Pirates of Penzance, Snow White, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
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