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Gov. Whitmer Allocates $3.5M for Keweenaw County in Major Michigan Park Upgrades

In a significant move to enhance Michigan’s outdoor recreation and hospitality sectors, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, alongside the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), announced a substantial funding initiative aimed at upgrading parks and recreational facilities across nine Michigan counties. 

This initiative, part of a broader effort to bolster the state’s outdoor recreation industry, includes a notable $3.5 million allocation for Keweenaw County.

The funding, totaling $6,461,500, comes from the Land and Water Conservation Fund grants. It targets eight community parks, trails, and sports facilities, in addition to a strategic state acquisition. 

This investment marks a continuation of Governor Whitmer’s commitment to enhancing Michigan’s outdoor spaces, a commitment that has seen unprecedented financial support since her tenure began.

Governor Whitmer emphasized the broader impact of this investment, stating, “Today, we’re investing in parks, trails, and outdoor recreation facilities in nine counties across Michigan. By investing in Pure Michigan, we support local economies, our fast-growing outdoor recreation industry, and improve quality of life for Michiganders.”

The funding is set to transform various outdoor amenities, including the development of pickleball courts, sports playfields, campgrounds, and trail and park renovations. 

The initiative also includes the acquisition of approximately 8,000 acres in the Keweenaw Peninsula, a significant move for the region’s natural conservation and tourism appeal.

In Berrien County, Dickinson Park will undergo development with an allocation of $260,000. Clinton County’s McGuire Park and river access will see improvements with $157,800 in funding. 

Macomb County’s Lake St. Clair Metropark Daysail Trail is set for development with a $500,000 grant. Muskegon County will enhance Bear Lake Park’s tennis and pickleball facilities with $499,700.

Further allocations include $340,100 for Oakland County’s Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park access, $293,900 for renovations at Ottawa County’s Sluka Field, and $410,000 for Roscommon County’s Metro Park renovation and development. 

St. Clair County’s Parker Road West Campground will also see development, courtesy of a $500,000 grant.

DNR director Scott Bowen highlighted the importance of these grants in connecting people to the outdoors. “Whether through the creation of multi-use trails, community campground improvements, or the addition of accessible playgrounds, these grants help to connect people to the outdoors,” he said.

For campground and outdoor hospitality operators across Michigan, this funding represents a significant opportunity. The enhanced facilities and new developments are expected to attract more visitors, thereby boosting local economies and providing new opportunities for business growth within the outdoor recreation sector.

The selection process for these grants was competitive, with 11 applications seeking a total of $7.4 million in local funding. The chosen projects were scored based on their potential impact and alignment with the state’s outdoor recreation goals.

This investment in Michigan’s parks and outdoor facilities is a clear indication of the state’s commitment to not only preserving its natural landscapes but also to enhancing the outdoor experience for residents and visitors alike. It underscores the vital role outdoor recreation plays in Michigan’s economy and the well-being of its communities.

As Michigan continues to invest in its outdoor spaces, the ripple effects are expected to be felt across various sectors, particularly in the campground and outdoor hospitality industry. This initiative is a step forward in making Michigan an even more attractive destination for outdoor enthusiasts and a better place to live, work, and play.

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Michael Smith
Michael Smith
March 14, 2024 9:56 am

Ever wonder how Gov. Whitmer’s $3.5 million for park upgrades in Keweenaw County and Michigan will amp up outdoor fun while preserving nature? Imagine exploring 8,000 new acres in the Keweenaw Peninsula with upgraded facilities. It’s like a boost for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike!

May 17, 2024 8:05 pm

Have you heard the news? Governor Whitmer is pumping some serious cash into Keweenaw County for park upgrades! It’s not just about sprucing up the place. it’s about boosting community vibes and tourism. Picture it – pickleball courts, sports fields, and campgrounds making our parks the place to be!


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