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E-M:/ Twelve Michigan Recreation Projects Recommended for National Park Service Land and Water Conservation Funding
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2005
CONTACT: Jim Wood 517-373-9125 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014
Twelve Michigan Recreation Projects Recommended
for National Park Service Land and Water Conservation Funding
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and Department of Natural Resources Director Rebecca Humphries today announced the selection of 12 local recreation development project requests totaling $1,251,700 that will be submitted for final review and approval to the National Park Service Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
"The finalists represent the best of local recreation projects that are designed to make Michigan communities more livable and vibrant for our citizens and visitors," said Granholm. "I am pleased to submit these projects that will result in increased public recreational opportunities and significant economic investment in communities around the state."
The recommended projects include:
* Upjohn Park Redevelopment Project in Kalamazoo. This project includes $370,000 to develop a skateboard park, athletic fields, picnic shelter, barrier-free walkways, landscaping improvements, new parking and safety features at Upjohn Park.
* Frenchtown Park Development in Frenchtown Township in Monroe County. This project includes $135,000 to develop active outdoor facilities at a new public park.
* Heck Park Project in Monroe County. A recommended $110,000 will help the county develop an entry drive, parking, picnic area, play and fitness area, basketball court and site amenities at the park.
* Unionville Village Park Multi-Use Path in Tuscola County. The county will receive $109,500 in grant funds to develop a 1.25 mile bituminous trail, utilities and parking area at Unionville Village Park.
* Iron Mountain Pavilion Renovation in Iron Mountain. This project will receive $97,600 in grant funds for renovation of a log pavilion including building restoration, utilities, pathways and a parking area at this Dickinson County park.
* Sands Township Recreation Area near Marquette. This project will receive $95,500 in grant funds to develop a ball field, basketball and tennis courts, playground, parking lot and pit toilets at the Sands Township Recreation Area in Marquette County.
* Pigeon Recreation Park Improvements in Huron County. This project will receive $74,900 in grant funds to develop a sledding hill, pathways, parking, lighting and site amenities at Pigeon Recreation Park.
* Ida Township Park Improvements in Monroe County. This project will receive $65,000 in grant funds for the development of paved walkways, play equipment, picnic facilities and safety surfacing at Ida Township Park.
* Walkerville Community Recreation Park in Oceana County. This project will receive $51,700 in grant funds for development of a soccer field, picnic shelter, nature trail, entry drive, parking lot and playground at the Community Recreation Park in Walkerville.
* Eddy Park Campground Improvements in Wakefield. This project will receive $50,000 in grant funds to develop utilities, roads and camper pads at Eddy Park Campground on Sunday Lake located in Gogebic County.
* Keith McKellop Walkway Bridge in Cadillac. This project will receive $50,000 in grant funds to develop a wooden bridge to provide access over the headwaters of the Clam River at Lake Cadillac's Lakefront Park in Wexford County.
* Southside Park Skateboard Park in Decatur. This project will receive $42,500 in grant funds to develop a skatepark at Southside Park in Decatur in Van Buren County.
"This program allows the state to assist local communities in developing quality outdoor recreation opportunities for the public," said Humphries. "These opportunities are provided for the public near where they live, and will help people get outdoors to enjoy and use Michigan's outstanding natural resources."
The DNR administers this grant program in cooperation with the National Park Service. The NPS distributes funds to each state based on annual appropriation levels and a formula set in federal law. The program provides 50 percent of the funding to the local project, with the local grant applicant providing a 50 percent match. Projects selected for funding must be dedicated to public outdoor recreation in perpetuity.
The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.
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