LANSING—More than $44,000 in recreation passport grants is coming to three local parks in the 35th Senate District, Sen. Darwin Booher said today.
Sands Park in Kalkaska Co. will receive $25,000 for a renovation project. Finch Park in Manistee Co. was granted $11,200 for projects to resurface its parking lot and tennis courts. And Sherman Township in Osceola Co. will get $8,200 to replace and improve outdoor recreation equipment and facilities at its Center Lake and Grove Hill parks.
“The DNR Recreation Passport program has been a big success in its first year and I am glad that the local grant program was started to help out smaller parks in addition to larger state parks,” said Booher, R-Evart. “This is an exciting development for our local parks in northern Michigan. These improvements will help attract more visitors as they enjoy Pure Michigan.”
The Recreation Passport is the state Department of Natural Resources’ new program for funding state park and forest recreation programming and assisting in improving local government recreation facilities through its Recreation Passport Local Grant Program. It builds on the DNR’s commitment to conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources by providing funding assistance for local public recreation needs.
According to the DNR, the enthusiastic response to the program by Michigan residents during the Recreation Passport’s first year of operation has translated into nearly $600,000 for community recreation projects.
Michigan residents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($10 for motor vehicles; $5 for motorcycles) by checking "YES" on their license plate renewal forms, or at any state park or recreation area. To learn more about the Recreation Passport, visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.