Berkley Parks & Recreation Partners with mParks for their Virtual 5K in September 2021

Monies raised from this effort will directly benefit the City of Berkley by going toward picnic tables throughout City parks.

Media Contacts:  Torri Mathes, Community Engagement Officer;; 248-658-3333 
Theresa McArleton; Parks & Recreation Director;; 248-658-3479

Berkley, MI – August 24, 2021 – Berkley’s Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with the mParks Foundation for their “Move So Everyone Can” Virtual 5K in the month of September 2021. 

The funds raised through the Virtual 5K event will go towards local recreation and park opportunities. Specifically, the funds the City receives will go toward much-needed picnic tables throughout our City parks.

“​​These funds will be a welcomed addition as we work to improve accessibility and comfort by adding picnic tables in our parks,” said Theresa McArleton, Parks and Recreation Director. 

mParks Virtual 5K (3.1 miles) is a race that communities can run, walk, skateboard, stand up paddle board (SUP), bike, surf, handcycle, or swim from anywhere. Residents across Michigan get to choose their location, their own race, go at their own pace, and time themselves. The only rule is that it must be completed by Thursday, September 30, 2021. 

While participants have the entire month of September to complete the Virtual 5K, donations and fundraising can start now.

The Parks & Recreation Department will receive half of the registration fees and all monies donated by those who sign up to participate under “City of Berkley Parks & Recreation”. This Virtual 5K is a great way for those to stay active while also helping the City raise funds for picnic tables.

To register or donate for this event, visit the sign up page here: 

About the mParks Foundation
The mParks Foundation was established in 2002 to provide funding for accessible recreation and education. The goal of the Foundation is to make recreation available to all Michigan citizens, regardless of ability. To date, mParks Foundation has donated more than $3,000,000 to Michigan communities to build accessible playgrounds and waterparks. The Foundation has purchased handicapped accessible hunting blinds, made it possible for people in wheelchairs to get to the water when they are at the beach, and have paid for lifts for people to get in and out of boats at some of the State Parks.


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