Board Approves Grant for Big Park in Eaton County

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CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board has approved a $3 million grant for a new park that officials say would be the largest in Eaton County.

The grant is for 432 acres of land three miles east of Charlotte.

Once the grant money is released later this year, work will begin on the Crandell Park project. Full development could take five to 10 years.

Randy and Dan Crandell own the property and formerly operated a gravel pit on it. They donated more than $1 million, money that was used to gain the state grant.

The land includes a 160-acre lake that is up to 35 feet deep. It has room for athletic fields, a splash pad and trails for hiking and biking.

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