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DNR Awards $761,600 in Grants for Park Improvements in Trenton, other cities

Grant entries were chosen from a field of 87 applications seeking some $3.2 million in funding. The full list of award recipients, grant amounts and project descriptions are available at Michigan.gov.

Elizabeth Park is the oldest unit of the Wayne County Park System and is located on the Detroit River.
Elizabeth Park is the oldest unit of the Wayne County Park System and is located on the Detroit River.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said today that 19 communities, including Trenton, are eligible to share $761,600 in grant funds for park improvements.

Money for the grant will be derived from the sale of the Recreation Passport, which allows universal entry into state parks, recreation areas and boat launches, the DNR said. 

The DNR expects the maximum grant amount will rise, as revenue from sales of the Recreation Passport increase.

Following a recommendation by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund board to the state, "the next step will be to have Governor Rick Snyder sign-off on it," Tamara Jorjasky, grant coordinator for the DNR, said today in an phone interview.

The board recommends funding for both development projects and acquisitions to local and state agencies. 

Before the project begins, the plan must be approved by the community that receives the grant, Jorjasky said. Depending on the city, the process could be approved in late spring or summer, Jorjasky said. 

The agreement is for two years.

“Applicants sought funding for a broad range of public recreation projects, including playground development and renovations, picnic areas and pavilions, replacement of bathroom facilities, and improved access for those with disabilities,” the DNR said.

The full list of award recipients, grant amounts and project descriptions are available at www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants by clicking on Recreation Passport Grants.

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