Beaumont Donates $5,000 to Berkley Parks & Recreation Inclusive Park Fundraiser

Media contact: Torri Mathes, Community Engagement Officer, City of Berkley; 248-763-7557; 

Berkley, MI – May 5, 2022 – Beaumont Royal Oak has donated $5,000 to Berkley Parks & Recreation’s Jaycee Park Development: If We Build It, They Will PLAY! Fundraiser.

The donation will help develop an all-inclusive playground at one of the city's premier recreation spots, Jaycee Park, a 2.7-acre park located between Bacon and Phillips. The project includes updates to pathways, increased accessibility and a state-of-the-art, universally accessible playscape. The park will not only serve Berkley residents, but it is a short distance from the city of Royal Oak, along with other neighboring cities, including Southfield, Oak Park, Beverly Hills, and Huntington Woods, all less than five minutes away. The park is also centrally located within Oakland County and frequented by people from throughout the county and region.

The team at Beaumont is glad for the opportunity to partner with the City of Berkley on this project, to advance the Parks & Recreation Department’s goals of improving physical and mental health and overall wellness in the community.

“A playground like this encourages and promotes physical activity, health, and wellness. We’re thrilled to help support this,” said Nancy Susick, registered nurse, interim president, Beaumont Health. “These kinds of projects help create a strong community where people can enjoy spending time together.”

“An inclusive playground and space is one in which children and adults of all abilities and ages can interact with each other and do what everyone wants to do: play,” said Theresa McArleton, Parks & Recreation Director. 

“We are thrilled to have this partnership,” McArleton said. “The fact that local organizations like Beaumont support this initiative truly shows the importance of creating a multi-generational gathering space that cultivates community enjoyment, socialization, healthy and active bodies, and imagination!”

Thanks to donations like Beaumont, the city was able to reach its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 and will win a matching grant with funds made possible by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Public Spaces Community Places program.

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity, in which local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. 

Those still wishing to donate can still do so until Monday, May 9. For project details and to donate, please visit:

About Beaumont
Beaumont Health is Michigan’s largest health care system and is most preferred for health care in Southeast Michigan, according to NRC Health survey data. The not-for-profit organization’s more than 33,000 employees share a mission to provide compassionate, extraordinary care, every day. The system includes eight hospitals with 3,375 beds, 155 outpatient sites, nearly 5,000 affiliated physicians, 1,800 advanced practice providers, 9,000 nurses and 2,000 volunteers. Beaumont’s total annual net patient revenue is $4.6 billion. In 2019, the health system had 179,600 inpatient discharges, 17,600 births and 577,000 emergency visits.

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