State Rep. Roger Hauck today helped advance plans to fund improvements to Island Park in Mt. Pleasant.
Hauck, of Union Township, voted in favor of the Natural Resources Trust Fund plan approved by the Michigan House.
The plan includes $153,000 for the development of an 8-foot wide accessible path and fitness stations in Island Park and the replacement of the 28 year-old pedestrian bridge between Island Park and Pickens Park. The trail improvements will complete the one-mile loop within Island Park, which is part of the Mid-Michigan Community Pathway. A $165,000 local match will also be provided.
“The improvements will enhance accessibility and offer more options for local families to spend some time together while improving their fitness and taking in all of our area’s beautiful natural resources,” Hauck said. “This grant is a great example of how state and local governments can work together to improve the quality of life in our community.”
Overall, the DNR Trust Fund plan includes nearly $50 million for 131 recreational development and land acquisition projects across Michigan. 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.
Senate Bill 883 advances to the governor for consideration.