Rep. Marino: Support for expanded lakeshore recreation and conservation coming to Macomb

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State dollars to improve Waterfront Park in Harrison Township and to add acreage to two other Clinton Township parks are on their way, state Rep. Steve Marino announced today.

Legislation signed by the governor’s office on Tuesday, includes $156,000 to remove an existing seawall at Waterfront Park along Jefferson Avenue and replace it with a stone breakwater and marsh. The project will also include the addition of recreation amenities including a kayak launch, boardwalk and educational exhibits. The plan was approved by the Michigan House of Representatives, with Marino’s support, earlier this year.

“With summer just around the corner, sunny afternoons on Lake St. Clair are on everyone’s minds,” said Marino, of Harrison Township. “The planned updates to one of our popular waterfront parks will make it accessible for even more residents to enjoy a greater range of summer activities, like kayaking.”

The plan also includes $421,000 for the acquisition of two separate parcels of land that are part of longer-term plans to expand and enhance Clinton Township parks. As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Joint Capital Outlay last term, Marino penned a letter of support to the Michigan Natural Resources Committee urging their approval of the project.

The full plan includes $26 million for 34 recreational development projects and 30 land acquisition projects statewide, including the three Macomb County projects.  Investments outlined in the proposal were recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board in December. Money in the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from the development of minerals on state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.