As Director of Parks and Recreation, I couldn’t be prouder of the tremendous work our Department does every day to provide Lansing residents of all ages with great opportunities to enjoy our city’s abundance of natural resources and to achieve a healthier lifestyle through indoor and outdoor recreation.
I’m especially pleased to announce a new partnership with the YMCA of Lansing to provide enhanced aquatic and swim programs in the city’s indoor and outdoor pools. The YMCA’s certified swim instructors will teach water safety, swim classes for youth and adults, as well as aquatic exercise programs.
The opportunities that come with this partnership include teaching young people how to swim so they can safely enjoy Michigan’s remarkable water resources. Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14 and formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent.
I am also thrilled to announce that the city has received several grants from the Ingham County Trails and Parks Millage to make significant repairs to the Lansing River Trail in 2017. The much-needed repairs will cover approximately 10 miles of the trail and will include river bank stabilization, paving and bridge repairs.
Thank you for your support of Lansing Parks and Recreation and remember: Believe in Lansing!