Local parks receive grants from Recreation Passports

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that 19 communities across the state will share $735,100 in Recreation Passport grants.

Charlevoix Township, the City of Cadillac, Marquette County and Tilden Township will all benefit from the grant.

Money from the fund is from the sale of Recreation Passports, which replaced the resident motor vehicle permit, or window sticker for state park entrance in 2010.

The cities, counties and townships selected to receive a Recreation Passport grant clearly demonstrated projects designed to provide better public outdoor recreation opportunities or facilities, infrastructure and economic development plans that support public outdoor recreation activity.

The successful entries were chosen from a field of 82 grant applications seeking nearly $2.9 million in funding.

The DNR says that while slightly fewer projects were funded this year, each project received more money, ranging from $20,000 to $45,000.

"The projects that were funded this year further strengthen partnerships at the state and local level," said DNR Director Keith Creagh. "These partnerships are critical to providing recreational opportunities where we live, work and play."