Friends of Ludington State Park receive grant towards new playground

The Friends of Ludington State Park received a $40,000 grant from the DNR toward the new playground for the Hamlin Lake picnic area. (Photo Courtesy: Friends of Ludington State Park)

MASON COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A northern Michigan playground is one step closer to being finished thanks to a grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The Friends of Ludington State Park were awarded the $40,000 match program grant from the DNR Parks and Recreation Division to help with the playground for the Hamlin Lake picnic area.

The new equipment for the area was purchased in late 2017 and FLSP has been working to raise the funds still needed to pay for the poured-in-place surfacing and other costs associated with the build.

OxyChem and the Ludington Meijer Store have also helped support the project.

The awards being the group to within about $25,000 of the $202,000 goal to construct the family-friendly, highly accessible playground in early June.

“DNR looks forward to an enhanced visitor experience at the Hamlin Lake Day Use Area,” Matt Lincoln, MDNR program grant coordinator said. “This family-friendly playground will welcome children of all abilities. Projects like this are testaments to what can be accomplished when private and public organizations come together to achieve a common goal.”

The two playscape playground will be located near the pavilion at the Hamlin Lake beach day use area.

If you are interested in donating to the project, you can donate by using a credit card via the internet on the community foundation's website.

Donations by check may be sent to Friends of Ludington State Park, P.O. Box 123, Ludington, MI 49431, or to the Community Foundation for Mason County, P.O. Box 10, Ludington, MI, 49431, with a note that the donation is for the FLSP playground project.

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