LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Rick Outman on Thursday supported legislation that includes funding for outdoor recreation projects in the 33rd District and the state of Michigan.
“I was happy to see so many 33rd District projects included in this legislation,” said Outman, R-Six Lakes. “This legislation boasts some exciting new developments and will surely increase access to recreation opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts across Michigan. I look forward to seeing these projects once completed.”
Senate Bill 145 outlines funding for Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) projects throughout the state, including popular attractions in and around the Outman’s district.
The NRTF provides a constitutionally protected source of funding for public outdoor recreation and the public acquisition of lands for resource protection. The trust fund was established in 1976 and was later added to the Michigan Constitution. The fund is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights.
The bill includes projects in the following communities:
Mecosta Township: The Dragon Trail at Hardy Dam — $205,400
The Dragon Trail at Hardy Dam in Mecosta County would receive $205,400 and an additional $180,100 for the trail in Newaygo County. Upon completion, the trail will be a multiuse, single-track, nonmotorized trail intended for hiking and bicycle traffic. The planned route is 42 miles in length and will have six trailheads with parking at existing recreation sites. The trail will feature 13 designated overlooks.
City of Alma: Alma Park Restroom Accessibility Project — $173,000
The Alma Park Restroom Rebuild and Rehab Accessibility Project would receive $173,000 for development of new restrooms at Wright Park, and renovation of the restroom buildings at Riverside and Pine River Conservation Park. Upon completion, both will have universal, family-friendly access.
City of Stanton: Veteran’s Memorial Park trailhead development — $300,000
The city of Stanton would receive $300,000 for the development of the Veteran’s Memorial Park trailhead for the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. Development features will include a new parking lot, natural and paved pathways, bike racks, a bike fix station, benches, new playground equipment, nature trail connection and a disc golf course.
Montcalm County: Stanton State Game Area Acquisition — $550,000
Montcalm County would receive $550,000 for the acquisition of approximately 140 acres to connect two areas of the Stanton State Game Area. This development will provide wildlife habitat conservation, land consolidation and additional recreational opportunities including hunting, trapping, and wildlife viewing. The property provides quality wildlife habitat for a variety of species including deer, turkey, ruffed grouse, and woodcock.
“I have always enjoyed the outdoors and have continuously supported the Natural Resources Trust Fund throughout my time in the Legislature,” Outman said. “I will continue to support measures that let people get outside and experience all of the phenomenal natural resources our great state has to offer.”
SB 145 will now go to Gov. Whitmer for consideration.