Live Oak Coffeehouse Receives mParks Community Service Award

Midland Parks and Recreation has announced that local business Live Oak Coffeehouse has been named the recipient of a 2021 Community Service Award from the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association (mParks).

The award, given annually to individuals and groups who demonstrate outstanding support for public recreation and parks programs in their community, was presented to owners Aaron and Renee Deckrow at a meeting of the Parks Commission and recreation of the city, Wednesday, November 3.

Live Oak Coffeehouse was nominated for the award by Parks and Recreation for its instrumental role in the revitalization of Grove Park, a 5.2-acre historic park located on Grove Street between Ashman and Rodd streets. The park underwent a major revitalization in 2020 and 2021, funded in part by the Midland Noon Rotary Club and catalyzed by the enthusiastic support of Live Oak Coffeehouse.

“From its popular Gather at Grove events, to encouraging the Midtown neighborhood to engage in the master planning process for Grove Park, to promoting and celebrating our parks and amenities, Live Oak Coffeehouse has been a champion of parks. and recreation in so many invaluable ways,” said Marcie Post, assistant director of public services. “We are so grateful to the Deckrows, Live Oak and their tireless efforts to support the people and places of Midtown and the Midland community.”

“We absolutely love Midland, and everything we’ve done is a response of gratitude for all that our community, the city, and specifically Midland Parks and Recreation, does to make it a welcoming place to live,” said the owner of Live Oak, Renee Deckrow. “We are very grateful and honored to accept this on behalf of the Live Oak community and wish to thank the Midtown Neighborhood Association; our Midtown neighbors, nonprofits and businesses; and the Midland Noon Rotary for coming alongside us to care for the Grove Park area. We love being part of this hospitable and intentional community and look forward to the continued ripple effects of love.

Live Oak Coffeehouse is located at 711 Ashman St. in Midland.

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Jill E. Washington