LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter MacGregor supported three area projects in the Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) bill approved by the Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee this week.
Senate Bill 883 would authorize the NRTF to support 34 acquisition projects and 97 development projects, including three projects in Kent County. The total amount recommended for the 2018 funding cycle would be $49.9 million, which includes $21 million in recreational development and $28.9 million in land acquisition projects.
“The Natural Resources Trust Fund makes strategic investments in our communities to improve or create public outdoor recreational opportunities, and I am happy to support this year’s projects,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “Kent County would receive more than $1.8 million in combined funds to support a new recreational complex in Sparta and to expand and improve River’s Edge Park and Chief Hazy Cloud Park.”
If enacted, the bill would provide funds for three projects in Kent County:
- The Sparta Recreational Complex would receive $225,000 for a new paved parking lot, pathways and landscaping. The complex would host numerous sporting events, like little league baseball, softball, soccer and other events.
- River’s Edge Park, in Algoma Township, would receive $127,900 to acquire an additional 3.1 acres, including 630 feet of Rogue River frontage. The land would become part of a future nature center, trails and river access proposed at the existing park.
- Chief Hazy Cloud Park would receive more than $1.5 million to acquire 125 acres, featuring a mile and a half section of Grand River frontage. The acquisition would expand the existing Chief Hazy Cloud Park to 373 acres with three miles of river frontage.
Over the past 42 years, the NRTF has granted more than $1.1 billion to state and local governments to acquire, develop and improve public outdoor recreation opportunities in all 83 counties. The trust fund is constitutionally restricted for natural resources improvements and land acquisitions across the state.
A full list of the final Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund board recommendations is available at www.michigan.gov/mnrtf.