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Michigan Activity Pass program kicks off at Howell library

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Michigan Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) and The Library Network kicked off the third-annual Michigan Activity Pass program on June 8 at 10 a.m. at Howell Carnegie District Library. The Michigan Activity Pass offers cardholders at more than 400 participating Michigan libraries a one-day pass to explore – at no cost – hundreds of Michigan’s state parks, historic sites, cultural attractions, campgrounds and recreation areas simply by visiting their local library or the Michigan Activity Pass website.

The Michigan Activity Pass program is a new component for the third-year of MI Big Green Gym, a partnership between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, MRPA and the DNR that encourages Michigan residents to use the state’s parks and recreation facilities to increase physical activity. The Michigan Activity Pass allows library cardholders to print a pass, either from home or their local library, that is valid for one-time entry into any Michigan state park or recreation area and more than 100 participating cultural institutions, including many museums, for up to one week.

“Blue Cross Blue Shield is proud to support MI Big Green Gym and the Michigan Activity Pass program, which make living a healthy lifestyle more affordable for so many people in the state,” said B.J. Puchala, senior community liaison at Blue Cross. “Not only does this program support local libraries, like the Howell Carnegie District Library, it also allows people to take advantage of Michigan’s great attractions for free.”

DNR Director Keith Creagh said, “Partnerships make creative programs like the Michigan Activity Pass possible. By working together, we are able to provide even broader opportunities for people to try a new outdoor skills, explore different areas of the state and experience all our award-winning state parks have to offer.”

“We are excited to collaborate with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Department of Natural Resources on the Michigan Activity Pass program,” said Jim Pletz, director, The Library Network. “The Michigan Activity Pass is a great value for our patrons as it encourages people to enjoy some of Michigan’s greatest resources free of charge.”

Donna Olson, information specialist at Howell Carnegie District Library, said, “Howell Carnegie District Library is pleased to offer our patrons another great reason to visit the library and we hope they take advantage of the Michigan Activity Pass and enjoy some of the great attractions throughout the state, especially as we head into the beautiful summer season.”
For more information on the Michigan Activity Pass, including a complete list of supported venues and participating libraries, visit michiganactivitypass.info.

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