House approves bill providing money for developments
State Rep. Julie Calley today announced three area recreational areas will receive funding for improvements after the House passed legislation for Natural Resources Trust Fund projects.
Calley, of Portland, said $2.06 million in state and matching money will be used to fund the projects, which include:
- The Jordan Lake Trail project will construct an eight-mile long, combination asphalt and boardwalk, non-motorized path around the 430 acre Jordan Lake in Barry and Ionia counties. The $1.36 million will be used for to finish 1.4 miles of the pathway.
- A second Jordan Lake Trail project is in Barry County’s Woodland Township. The $433,200 project involves universal access features being built into the trail that will provide persons with disabilities and persons of all ages an opportunity to travel through and observe areas of wildlife and nature.
- A development at the Saranac boat launch to construct a parking area, a restroom and pavilion building, a fishing/overlook pier, educational displays, and a trail connection to the existing Riverwalk Trail and the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail-Trail. The cost is $259,500.
“These projects will benefit so many families, runners, anglers and boaters, not to mention those who just like picnics in the park,” Called said. “They will enable more people to enjoy the natural resources that abound in this area.”
The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
The bill is Senate Bill 76.