LANSING – The state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill allocating $27.6 million from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for natural resources improvement projects in St. Clair and Lapeer counties and across the state, said Sen. Phil Pavlov.
The trust fund is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights. The money in the fund is constitutionally restricted for natural resources improvements and land acquisitions.
"This plan will support five projects in Lapeer and St. Clair counties totaling more than $1.1 million, including the acquisition of more than nine acres for a county park," said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. "The park will include fishing piers, a canoe/kayak launch, a swimming beach, trails, restrooms, picnic facilities and parking."
Senate Bill 780 specifically provides $296,000 toward the $400,000 land acquisition, which includes 360 linear feet of shoreline on the North Channel of the St. Clair River and is adjacent to a Michigan Department of Natural Resources public boating access site and the Bridge to Bay Trail.
Four other projects in the 25th Senate District also funded by the measure include:
- $239,900 for improvements at Chrysler Beach on the St. Clair River in Marysville. The project will include a playground, a picnic area and a fish cleaning station, as well as the remodeling of existing bathroom facilities and amenities;
- $98,600 toward the acquisition of approximately 23 acres of property adjacent to the SouthernLinks Trailway in Marathon Township. The property will be developed as the first township park and act as a trailhead for the adjacent trailway;
- $50,000 toward a development project in Attica Township that will include a playground and access route at Attica Township Park; and
- $36,700 toward the development of a community skate park in Brockway Township. Brockway Township Community Park is the only park in the township, and the next closest facility of this type is more than 20 miles away.
"The Natural Resources Trust Fund helps make Michigan the place we love to call home," Pavlov said. "Improving parks and recreational resources not only enriches our quality of life, but also attracts job providers and helps strengthen our economy."
SB 780 has been sent to the Michigan House for consideration.