New Park Funding Program

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A new system for funding Michigan's state parks is about to kick in.
Beginning Friday, state residents renewing their vehicle license tags will have the option of paying an extra $10 for a so-called "recreation passport." It will get them into any of Michigan's 98 state parks and recreation areas for a full year. It also covers boat launches.

Under the old system, people paid $6 per day or $24 for a yearly pass for admission to the parks.

Officials hope the change will generate a big funding increase for parks, which have run so short in recent years that many buildings, sewers, bridges and other structures are falling apart.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is teaming with outdoors groups to build support for the plan.

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