$7.7M in Land and Water Conservation Fund grants would support Michigan's outdoors

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Posted at 5:47 PM, Dec 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-13 17:47:06-05

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources have recommended 22 community and state parks, trails and sports facilities – including several in West Michigan – receive a combined $7.7 million in Land and Water Conservation Fund grants.

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund is critical to creating quality outdoor recreation resources that add value and improve the quality of life for communities throughout Michigan,” Whitmer said in a news release Wednesday. “This fund is an excellent example of successful collaboration among federal, state and local government partners that yields health and social benefits for residents and visitors.”

Projects recommended for funding are in Bay, Berrien, Emmet, Ingham, Kent, Mason, Mecosta, Muskegon, Oakland, Oceana, Ontonagon, Otsego, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Funding will support campground developments, park renovations and improvements, accessible playground development, accessibility improvements and more.

“Michigan residents and visitors turn to trails, parks, campgrounds and other welcoming public places to connect with family, friends and the outdoors,” DNR Director Dan Eichinger said. “The Land and Water Conservation Fund, along with other important grant programs administered by the DNR, continues to provide vital access to Michigan’s out-of-doors.”