Rep. Marino votes to support lakeshore conservation and recreation

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State Rep. Steve Marino voted today in favor of a plan to improve Waterfront Park in Harrison Township and to add acreage to two other Clinton Township parks.

The legislation approved by the House of Representatives, with Marino’s support, 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.

“You can’t define ‘summer’ in Macomb County without talking about Lake St. Clair,” said Marino, of Harrison Township. “I am excited to see one of our waterfront parks receive updates that will make it accessible for even more residents to enjoy a greater range of summer activities. If escaping this winter’s bitter cold doesn’t have you already wishing for summer, this project is certainly one more reason to look forward to it.”

The plan also includes $421,000 for the acquisition of two separate parcels of land that are a part of longer-term plans to expand and enhance Clinton Township parks.

The full plan approved by the House today 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. Recommendations are subject to approval by the Michigan Legislature, a process started within the House Appropriations Committee last week. House Bill 4244 next advances to the Senate for further consideration.

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.

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