Whitmer applauds $7.7 million in recommended funding for outdoor recreation

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Tourists standing by Boardman Lake Overlook

Dec. 8, 2021
Contact: Christie Bayus (DNR Grants), BayusC@Michigan.gov

Outdoor recreation projects in 14 counties recommended to share $7.7 million in grant funding

The Office of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today announced that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has recommended 22 community and state parks, trails and sports facilities to share $7,790,400 in Land and Water Conservation Fund grants.

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“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,” said Gov. Whitmer. “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. That funding will support campground developments, park renovations and improvements, accessible playground development, accessibility improvements and more.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund helps develop public outdoor recreation facilities and provides matching grants for local governments to do the same. The program supports Native American tribes, villages, cities, townships and counties and divisions within the DNR in their efforts to give people better, broader access to quality public outdoor recreation opportunities.