Rep. Sarah Lightner today announced the city of Eaton Rapids has been awarded a $2.9 million grant to assist the Island Park improvement project.
Lightner earlier wrote a letter in support of the funding, which is a community development block grant awarded through the Michigan Strategic Fund.
The project includes renovation of Island Park infrastructure including new walkways, benches and trail lights. A new trail will connect Island Park to Mill Pointe Park, to a canoe launch and a proposed new park bridge. Outdated playground equipment also will be replaced.
“Everybody in Eaton Rapids and the surrounding community knows Island Park is a special place,” Lightner said. “I’m proud to support this project and look forward to see how people enjoy the park and its improvements for years to come.”
The city of Eaton Rapids is contributing $1.2 million toward the project, which should lead to more economic activity and tourism downtown. The park is the featured attraction downtown, a site for concerts, weddings and many other events.
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