- SB 145, which passed in the House Wednesday, appropriates dollars from the DNR National Resources Trust Fund to various projects throughout the state.
- The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) is dedicated for projects that provide for natural resource protection and outdoor recreation.
- In total, over $7 million will be dedicated for 24 projects in Democratic districts across the state, including in Wayne County, Marquette County and the City of Grand Rapids.
LANSING, Mich., — More than $7 million from the National Resources Trust Fund will be allocated for projects in communities represented by House Democrats to repair, enhance and protect areas of outdoor recreation. Adjusted Gross Appropriation from the National Resources Trust Fund amounts to approximately $28,699,800.
Outdoor recreation in DNR facilities is not only a safe social distancing activity in the current climate, it is an important revenue source that local economies throughout the state depend on. The funding secured for these projects will maintain and improve outdoor facilities for use now, and uplift communities in the future
“As we deal with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that, as much as possible, we allow our state to move forward with projects that will enrich the lives of the people of our state in the post-COVID world,” said House Democratic Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills). “This funding will go a long way in ensuring the communities that benefit from our state’s parks, trails and greenways will continue to do so.”
Projects that will receive funding include:
- Cavanaugh road property acquisition, City of Lansing (Rep. Hope)
- East St. Joseph Street, City of Lansing (Rep. Anthony)
- River Street property acquisition, City of Lansing (Rep. Anthony)
- May Creek Greenway- Iron Belle Trail, Wayne County (Rep. T. Carter)
- Iron Belle Trail/Border to Border Trail, Washtenaw County (Rep. Rahbi)
- Delta Mills Playground Restoration, Delta Charter Township (Rep. Witwer)
- Gwinn Ball Fields bathrooms, Forsyth Township (Rep. Cambensy)
- McQuisten Park boardwalk renovations, Munising Township (Rep. Cambensy)
- Harlow Lake fishing platform replacement, Marquette County (Rep. Cambensy)
- Van Riper State Park river trail improvements, Marquette County (Rep. Cambensy)
- Loon feather Point Park development, Ypsilanti Charter Township (Rep. Peterson)
- Belle Isle Park- Iron Belle Trail Loop, Wayne County (Rep. T. Carter)
- Lake Lansing Park South restroom replacement, Ingham County (Rep. Brixie)
- Hawk Island Park improvements, Ingham County (Rep. Hope)
- Hudson Mills Metropark development, Huron- Clinton Metro Authority (Rep. Lasinski)
- Patriarche Park pavilion and restroom renovation, City of East Lansing (Rep. Brixie)
- Argo Nature Area improvements, City of Ann Arbor (Rep. Warren)
- Woodrow Woody Park improvements, Clinton Charter Township (Rep. Sowerby)
- Belle Isle Park pier renovation, Wayne County (Rep. T. Carter)
- Bluebell Beach Iron Belle Trail connection, Genesee County (Rep. Kennedy)
- Hunter’s Orchard Park pathway, Delta Charter Township (Rep. Witwer)
- MacArthur Park accessibility, City of Mt Clemens (Rep. Sowerby)
- Perrien Park renovation, City of Detroit (District 4)
- Garfield Park development, City of Grand Rapids (Rep. LaGrand)
“The DNR funding for projects across the state, including Delta Charter Township will greatly improve the condition of the facilities, allowing for their use for many years to come,” said Rep. Angela Witwer (D-Delta Township). “As we begin to recover from COVID-19, these renovations will allow for continued access to these facilities, providing residents and visitors alike with an outdoor escape and a bit of a boost to hard-hit local economies.”