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Canton Leisure Services Division

Posted on: July 6, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Canton’s Therapeutic Recreation Program To Host Sidewalk Chalk Contest

This special fundraising event will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm at Heritage Park with all proceeds benefiting the Canton Therapeutic Recreation program.

Participants can register as either a "New Artist" or an "Experienced Artist." All are encouraged to show their creative side by purchasing a square to create a work of art with sidewalk chalk during the Canton Township Thursday Night Concert Series! Up to 4 people working on a square. Participants will have 2 hours to work on their square and pictures will be taken of each square and put on Facebook for voting. The square with the most "likes” will win a prize basket filled with Canton Leisure Services gear and 2 packs of 2 kid tickets for the Trick-or-Treat Parade!

To pre-register, visit and use code: 6508.107. In the event of inclement weather, Rain Out Day is scheduled for: August 4, 2016 from 6:30-8:30. This fundraiser supports all programming activities offered by the Canton TR department.

Chalk it Up for TR! Canton’s Therapeutic Recreation program was recently honored with an mParks “Excellence in Programming Award,” presented by the Michigan Recreation and Park Association. Over the last two years, this program has served more than 240 families with individuals who qualify for these unique adaptive services. Therapeutic Recreation (TR) accommodations typically include individualized techniques and resources that enhance participation by individuals who are unable to accomplish tasks on their own, without fundamentally altering a program. These inclusive opportunities are available to residents of Western Wayne County with a wide range of disabilities and impairments. Programming has grown dramatically over the last 15 years, and focuses on promoting the development of fine and gross motor skills, health and wellness, social interactions, and independence within the community.

The award winning TR ‘Leisure Club’ is one of several programming options that supports an incredible collection of participants and staff who have truly found a sense of belonging and family through field trips, camps, and fitness classes that really mean so much more.

“It’s a magic mixture of life, love, and learning,” said, Jennifer Provenzano, Canton Recreation Coordinator. “These programs transcend what makes us different...celebrating the diversity of the human form and its triumphant spirit, while connecting us all in the ways that we are the same. Leisure Club creates a place where “disabled” becomes “distinct”, and “can’t” becomes “can.”

For more information about this special fundraiser, Canton’s Therapeutic Recreation program, activities and upcoming events, visit or call 734/394-5460.

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