The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, a product of work done by the Michigan Oil and Gas Association is putting millions of dollars to work in Michigan for public recreation projects.
A recent article in the Traverse City Record Eagle highlighted just a few of the projects taking place.
Garfield Township will receive $100,000 to improve the Boardman Valley Nature Preserve from the state's Natural Resources Trust Fund, a fund financed by revenue from mineral leases on state land. The NRTF is used to acquire public lands and improve them for outdoor recreation.
House Bill 5377 outlines how the state will spend nearly $28 million on public recreation grants. The bill passed through the senate on March 23.
Planned improvements at the Boardman Valley Nature Preserve include resurfacing tennis and pickleball courts, repairing the parking lot, an accessible kayak launch and possibly building bathrooms, said Chuck Korn, Garfield Township supervisor. A local pickleball association will match some of the state grant, Korn said.
Clancy Park in Traverse City will receive $45,000 from the NRTF. That money — combined with donations from park neighbors, the Brown Bridge Trust Fund and other city funds — will pay to build a picnic facility, replace playground equipment, install bike racks, trash cans and benches and install concrete walkways at the park.
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