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DNR Awards About $2 Million In Recreation Grants
Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:01:51 EST
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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources approved nearly $2 million in Recreation Passport grant funding. The $1,993,500 funds will be shared by 18 communities across the state for local park improvement projects - including two in the Thumb. In Sanilac County, the village of Port Sanilac will receive $31,300 for improvements to Harbor Park, and in Lapeer County Imlay City will receive $150,000 for a splash pad. Neighboring counties also received funding. In Midland County, the village of Sanford received $150,000 for playground improvements to Sanford Park. In Genesee County, Montrose Charter Township will receive $150,000 for improvements to Barber Memorial Park. In Bay County, the Pinconning park will receive $84,500 to develop a bathhouse. And, in Saginaw County, the city of Zilwaukee will receive $113,000 for Memorial Park Courts. The selected projects were chosen from a field of 70 grant applications seeking $7.3 million in funding, which is the largest demand to date in the program's nine-year history. Successful applicants clearly demonstrated projects designed to increase public access to quality outdoor recreation opportunities. Funding for this 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. The Recreation Passport can be purchased by residents at the time of vehicle registration renewal with the Secretary of State or in person at state parks. Non-residents can purchase online or in person at state parks. Passport sales - along with revenue generated from camping fees - are a key source of funding for the state parks system. In addition, 10 percent of funding derived from Recreation Passport sales goes directly to this grant program. The Recreation Passport was introduced in 2010, with grant funding nearly doubling in the past five years.