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Two local parks to benefit from DNR grants

Submitted by on January 14, 2020 – 12:34 amNo Comment

Two parks in northeast Michigan will benefit greatly from Recreation Passport grants announced Monday.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has approved nearly $2 million in Recreation Passport grant funding.

The money will be shared by 18 communities across the state for local park improvement projects, including playground development and renovations, sports and fitness facility development and improvements, trail and walkway development and park improvements.

Caledonia Township in Alcona County is receiving a $150,000 grant for the development of Hubbard Lake North End Park. Metz Township in Presque Isle County is receiving an $11,200 award for a rustic campground at Metz Fire Historical Trailside Park.

The selected projects were chosen from a field of 70 grant applications seeking $7.3 million in local funding, the largest demand to date in the program’s nine-year history.

Funding for the program is derived from sales of Michigan’s Recreation Passport, required for vehicle entry into 103 state parks and recreation areas, 140 state forest campgrounds, hundreds of miles of state trails, historic sites, hundreds of boating access sites and other outdoor spaces.