State Rep. Thomas Albert today advanced plans to add nearly $50 million to recreation projects in Michigan, including three local projects.
Albert, of Lowell, said funding for local projects totals more than $2.1 million. Funding is comprised of revenue from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.
“These grants are going to fund projects which will have big impact in our community. Local families are going to be able to enjoy more waterfront and will be connected to statewide trails.” Albert said. “These projects will make our community attractive to both local tourists and families looking for a great place to live.”
Overall, the plan includes nearly $50 million for 131 recreational development and land acquisition projects across Michigan. The list of district projects includes:
- The acquisition of approximately 125 acres with nearly 1.5 miles of frontage on the Grand River in Kent County. The project will expand the existing Chief Hazy Cloud Park to 373 acres with 3 miles of river frontage. The cost of the purchase is $2.23 million, with $1,561,000 from the Trust Fund grant and the remainder coming from a local match.
- Development of the south phase of the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail in Ionia County. The $290,000 Trust Fund grant will help – along with $910,000 in matching funds – to construct approximately 14.5 miles of non-motorized trail from the Ionia-Kent County Line to the north city limits of Lowell and from the south city limits of Lowell to Saranac, where it will connect to the existing Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Trail.
- Development of the north phase of the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail. A $290,000 Trust Fund grant will be added to $910,000 in matching funds to help construct approximately 11 miles of non-motorized trail from the Ionia-Kent County line to the completed sections north and south of Belding and on to Greenville. This will connect the trail to the existing Fred Meijer Flat River Trail.
The projects laid out in Senate Bill 883 now move to the governor for consideration.