2012-08-30 / Front Page

Updates to park outlined

Grant allows township to make additions to area

MANISTIQUE – Manistique Township Park will undergo various updates in the next year, thanks to a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. The park was among 99 grant recipients throughout the state.

According to Township Supervisor Al Hutchinson, the grant totals $73,100 and the county is required to supply an approximately $25,000 match. The money will fund a variety of new additions, including a boardwalk, viewing platform, changing building, interpretive signage, beach access path, pavilion, bike rack, and new surface for the playground.

Currently, the park houses two set of swings, one of which will be removed to accommodate the additions, said Hutchinson. He explained the updates are aimed at drawing more people to the park.

“Our goal was to create better access to the lake, and, hopefully, it will get used more,” Hutchinson said. “Right now, by the time you get everything from your car, down through the dunes and over the sand – it’s just tough for to get down there for some people.”

The Manistique Township Board applied for the trust fund grant last summer, he explained, with the intention of fixing the park up enough for increased use. Match money will be taken out of the township’s park fund.

The new boardwalk will begin at the east end of the parking lot and will include a mix between boardwalk and gravel paths. It will extend from the parking lot to the beach. The beach will also become handicap accessible.

“We aren’t really sure when it will be completed, if we have time, some of it will be completed this fall, but we have to talk to the engineer about it,” Hutchinson said. “We still have to submit the paperwork and grant agreement to the state.”

Even if they do not begin construction this fall, he added the park will likely be completed by next summer.

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