Bill funds development of local paddle park
State Rep. Pamela Hornberger on Thursday joined her colleagues in voting for legislation to fund dozens of recreation projects across the state, using Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund money with local matching funds.
Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, said the improvements, developments and land acquisitions use dedicated money for such projects to fund projects at parks, trails and other recreational facilities across the state.
The $379,000 project will pay for a development to transform 3.14 acres of property into Chesterfield Township’s first paddle park. The project will develop the Webber Paddle Park with the following amenities: parking lot for paddlers with accessible parking space, parking lot with access to the fishing pier with accessible parking space, universally accessible fishing pier and accessible kayak launch with 10-foot wide route to launch to accommodate a two-person carry to the launch, picnic shelter and restrooms. When the project is complete, this park will give the public access via non-motorized watercraft to the Salt River and Lake St. Clair.
“We have so many natural resources in our state, and this development will give families, outdoor lovers and tourists more opportunities to enjoy our local waterways,” Hornberger said. “Development of this park will give people access to fishing, family picnics, kayaking, canoeing and more.”
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.