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Play on the Way


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This program is currently on hiatus and not in operation.

Central Michigan University students and faculty are bringing fun and healthy supervised activities to a neighborhood near you with the Mobile Recreation: Play on the Way programPlay on the Way provides supervised recreation opportunities to communities around mid-Michigan while providing hands-on learning experiences for CMU recreation, parks and leisure services students.

What we offer

  • Sports and exercise/physical activities
  • Arts, music and cultural activities
  • Environmental and outdoor education
  • Games and family activities
  • Water fun​​

​​​​​​​​Where and when can we play?

Play on the Way programs can be set up during non-school hours/days at school playgrounds and gyms, township halls, churches, neighborhood parks or any open location within an approximate 30-mile radius of CMU.​​

Programs are scheduled and sponsored financially by local entities such as municipal departments, nonprofit/human service organizations, local businesses, faith-based organizations, schools, or civic groups. There is no fee for individual participants

Our goals

Bring fun to you 
We want to provide access to safe activities for children and families in locations without existing recreational programming.

Focus on health
By bringing activities to local communities, we will help children and families increase the amount of time spent being active and healthy.

Enhance student learning

We will increase educationally driven RPL student experiential-learning and service-learning opportunities ​with RPL student facilitators and activity leaders .​

2018 Calendar 

MPTC = Mt. Pleasant Town Center
DNP= Deerfield Nature Park
MPIP=Mt. Pleasant Island Park
HRA=Herrick Recreation Area
CRDL= Chippewa River District Library
CLFP=Coldwater Lake Family Park

​Date Time Name/Location
Thursday, June 21
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. DNP
Friday, June 221 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 281 p.m. to 4 p.m.DNP
Friday, June 291 p.m. to 4 p.m.

CLFPConnections That Count (CTC)
​Date Time Name/Location
Friday, July 61 p.m. to 4 p.m.HRA
Saturday, July 7
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.CLFP
Thursday, July 121 p.m. to 4 p.m.HRA
Friday, July 131 p.m. to 4 p.m. CLFP
​Saturday, July 14​1 p.m. to 4 p.m.​​CLFP
Thursday, July 191 p.m. to 4 p.m.
​Friday, July 201 p.m. to 4 p.m.CLFP
​Saturday, July 21​10 a.m. to Noon
​​Saturday, July 21​1 p.m. to 4 p.m.CLFP
Tuesday, July 241 p.m. to 4 p.m.MPIP
Thursday, July 261 p.m. to 4 p.m.
​​Thursday, July 26​6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
​​Friday, July 27
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.DNP
Saturday, July 28​1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

​Date Time Name/Location
Thursday, August 2​1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, August 3 ​1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, August 4
​1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, August 9
​1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, August 10
​1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, August 11
​1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, August 16
​6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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​For more information

Lori Irwin, Ed.D., CPRP
Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services Administration
Central Michigan University
107 Finch Fieldhouse
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859​

 ​989-774-1022 ​​​​​​​​​​​

There is no fee for individual and family participants. 

Play on the Way sessions are scheduled and sponsored financially by local entities such as township, county, city departments; local businesses; faith-based organizations; schools or civic groups. ​

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