Local parks and trails across the state to receive grants

14 communities to share $1.9 million in Recreation Passport grants
Michigan's Recreation Passport for state parks is increasing by $1 in March to a total of $12...
Michigan's Recreation Passport for state parks is increasing by $1 in March to a total of $12 a year. (WJRT)
Published: Dec. 9, 2022 at 10:26 AM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - 14 communities in Michigan were awarded a total of $1,906,100 in Recreation Passport grants for projects including beach volleyball courts at a park in Alpena County, a splash pad in Kent County, a new park welcome center in Newaygo County, and park development in Berrien and Delta counties.

Starting 12 years ago, the recreation passport program boosted visitors and funding for Michigan state parks, and over a decade later it is also delivering more funding to improve local and community parks and trails across the state.

“Recreation Passports help more Michiganders explore Pure Michigan and secure critical resources to improve state, local, and community parks,” said Governor Whitmer. “Michigan has always been a four-season recreation destination, and the enhancements made possible through Recreation Passport grants help ensure residents and visitors of all abilities can enjoy a rich variety of activities and experiences every day of the year.”

Since the introduction of the Recreation Passport in 2010, support for it has steadily grown. The Recreation Passport grant program has awarded just over $16.5 million statewide since it started and is funded from 10% of the passport revenues, with the remaining funding supporting operations, infrastructure, and historic and cultural assets, in the state parks and recreation system.

Selected projects were scored and selected from a field of 35 grant applications seeking $4.4 million in local funding. Successful applicants clearly demonstrated projects designed to broaden public access to quality outdoor recreation opportunities.

The application period for the next round of Recreation Passport grant funding opens in early 2023, with applications due April 1.

Learn more about the program and application materials at Michigan.gov/DNRGrants.

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