Holland-Area Parks Benefit from MNRTF

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund awarded nearly $28 million in funding for public recreation projects recently and Holland and Crockery Townships and the city of Zeeland were among the recipients.


A state-appointed board announced a list of nearly $28 million in public recreation projects it is suggesting the state Legislature fund through the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. Included on that list were projects in Holland and Crockery townships, the city of Zeeland and outside Saugatuck Dunes State Park.
The trust fund board’s list is for land acquisition and development projects pertaining to public recreation spaces. It funds these projects through revenue earned from publically owned minerals, such as oil and natural gas.
The funds for Holland Charter Township would go for building facilities for the Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan Water Trails, as well as developing Dunton Park, which is at the intersection of Van Dyke Street and Howard Avenue.
Pieces of the project include an accessible canoe and kayak launch, fishing pier, picnic shelter, playground, viewing areas, shaded seating areas and a restroom building with a kayak rental, concession and storage area. The grant would be worth $300,000.
In Zeeland, the trust fund board recommends a $50,000 grant to expand the city’s splash park, adding a shade structure, a lawn sunning area, landscaping and other amenities.
In northern Ottawa County, the trust fund board recommends a $45,000 grant to add 1.75 miles to the North Bank Trail. The addition would connect the North Bank Trail in Crockery Township to trail systems in Spring Lake Township and Grand Haven.
About $8 million of the trust fund board’s recommendations are earmarked for developing current public land, including those projects already mentioned. Another $20 million would be spent on purchasing private land for public use — including a nearly 19-acre parcel near Saugatuck Dunes State Park.
With $400,000 from the trust fund, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation division would purchase 18.85 acres immediately north of an adjacent to Saugatuck Dunes.
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