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The Benton Harbor Parks and Recreation Conservancy, BHPRC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is responsible for the overall managment and improvement of thirteen (13) City of Benton Harbor parks. The BHPRC is also responsible for raising funds for the 13 parks to increase park use for the youth and citizens, while creating a long-term sustainable plan that includes well-designed & maintained baseball park(s) and diamonds, courts as well as creating and enhancing disabled access for each of the thirteen city parks with programs, and events which engages the community at-large.
The BHPRC collaborates with the BH Downtown Development Business Development Association and the City of Benton Harbor on bi-annual city-wide BHPRC clean up day(s). The BHPRC also hosts the Annual Holiday Lights Ceremony, and the annual Thanksgiving Day 5&10K Run & Walk. This race is both chipped timed and certfied. There are along other fundraisers throughout the year to assist in raising funds for beautification and/or park improvements or replacements. We also create valuable 'green-space' education' and recyclying programs. The BHPRC manages comprehensive 'Adopt-A-Park' program where local civic groups, organizations and private donors 'adopt' a specific park, thus allowoing for their funds to go directly to their designated park. These funds are now being used for mowing and limited landscaping. Programs that are created in and/or around the parks are designed to create awareness of how parks create and increase values to a neighborhood and community at-large. The BHPRC is also creating a long-term, sustainable maintenance plan that includes but not limited to having well-designed & maintained baseball park(s) and diamonds, courts. Creating and enhancing disabled access for each of the thirteen city parks with programs, and events which engages the community at-large is equally a priority as well.
- Stephannnie Harvey-Vandenberg
- (269) 927-1064 ext. 1175
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