St. Johns, Delta Township In Group To Receive Grant Funds For Recreation

(WLNS) – Nine community parks across Michigan, including two in mid-Michigan, and a state facility in Oceana County are expected to share $930,700 in federal grants under a program designed to provide better public outdoor recreation opportunities.

In St. Johns $92,300 will be earmarked for development of land adjacent to the Fred Meijer CIS Trail and the City’s downtown as a trail access and green space. The project will also include construction of universally-accessible restrooms, sidewalks, tables, benches, an information center and off-street parking.

In Delta Township $32,500 will be used for renovation work to convert existing tennis courts at Delta Mills Park into pickleball courts.

The money will come from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a federal program administered in Michigan by the Department of Natural Resources on behalf of the National Park Service. It is supported by revenues from oil and gas development on the outer continental shelf.

Projects proposed by the DNR will be sent to the National Park Service for federal approval.

Local governments with parks selected for the grants include Delta Charter Township in Eaton County and Orion Township in Oakland County; the cities of Allegan, Marlette, Southfield, South Haven, St. Johns; and Muskegon and Ottawa counties.

You can see the full list of grant recipients here.

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