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Portion of Platte River to turn into public park with DNR grant

Homestead Township will be able to purchase and turn 52 acres of the Platte River into a public park after being awarded the $222,000.

BENZIE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A northern Michigan community has been awarded almost $250,000 from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Homestead Township will be able to purchase and turn 52 acres of the Platte River into a public park after being awarded the $222,000.

The property will include one-third of frontage on the Platte River, which is federally designated as a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream.

“We are very excited about the purchase of this property,” said Beverly Holbrook, a Homestead Township Trustee. “The township board felt it was important to have public access to the Platte River and this property is a wonderful addition to the beautiful parks here.”

Holbrook says no taxpayer funds are being used for the acquisition, development or upkeep of the future park.

All of the funding happened through grants and donations raised by the Honor Area Restoration Project which total $78,000.

The amount raised is the required grant match to purchase the $300,000 property.

“The acquisition of this property fits well within the mission of HARP, a group of citizen volunteers that have worked diligently for several years to advocate for improvements to an economic stimulus in the area,” said Ingemar Johansson, Honor Area Restoration Project chair. “Development of the park will provide a resource for locals and visitors alike for generations to come.”

The future public park will include fishing access, hiking trails, nature interpretation, picnic facilities, canoe and kayak access, restrooms and parking.

The site will become the first Explore the Shores site in Benzie County. The park will be the 23rd Explore the Shores project.

Explore the Shores was created 10 years ago by the Alliance for Economic Success in 2008 to provide access to water for people of all ages, needs and abilities to enjoy Manistee County's bounty of water resources.

Since the beginning, AES has helped communities secure more than $9 million for Manistee County in grants and charitable contributions from 24 sources to create access to Lake Michigan, fishing piers, fish cleaning stations, anglers paths, children's play areas, fishing platforms, scenic overlooks and others.


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