2012-08-09 / Front Page

Grant money to impact region

Local park, ice rink in Newberry get funds

MANISTIQUE – The Manistique Township Park was among 99 grant recipients recently approved by Gov. Rick Snyder. Funds for each of the grants, totaling $38 million, will be taken from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.

In Manistique Township, the park will receive $73,100 to develop a boardwalk, viewing platform, changing building, interpretive signage, beach access path, pavilion, bike rack, and to surface the playground.

Also among the Upper Peninsula recipients was Newberry, which received $300,000 for the development of a synthetic ice hockey facility and associated site improvements.

“These projects allow us to preserve the places that make Michigan such a special place to live, work and play,” Snyder said. “They provide diverse, highquality recreational opportunities for residents and tourists alike. I appreciate the trust fund board’s work in identifying and evaluating these projects so that the economies and quality of life in communities across our state are enhanced.”

Total cost of the projects is $65 million when matching funds of more than $27 million are combined with the $38 million appropriated by the legislation.

The trust fund is a restricted fund established in 1976. It provides a funding source for public acquisition of lands for resource protection and outdoor recreation. Revenue is derived from royalties on the sale and lease of stateowned mineral rights. In 1985, voters made the trust fund part of Michigan’s Constitution, ensuring the program’s future.

Visit www.legislature.mi.gov for more information on the bill.

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