Berrien County park projects to receive state fundingPublished 10:21am Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Two recreational development projects in Berrien County have been slated to receive state funding under legislation passed by the Joint Capital Outlay Committee, announced state Sen. Ron Jelinek, R-Three Oaks and state Reps. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, and Sharon Tyler, R-Niles.
“Although Michigan still finds itself in tough times, it’s great that we can provide funding to our local communities so they can continue to improve and enhance recreational opportunities for residents,” Jelinek said.
Funding is allocated from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and goes toward land acquisition and development. These restricted funds are used to assist local units of government with the protection of natural resources and the development of land for public outdoor recreation. Cities must provide matching funds to be eligible to receive the state funding.
“By building livable communities we are improving the quality of life in southwest Michigan, making it a more attractive place to live work and raise a family,” Proos said.
The local projects include:
• Niles Community Park expansion – $90,000 for the acquisition of 10.9 acres along the St. Joseph River connecting to the existing community park and the Bi-State Trail in Indiana.
• Maiden Lane Community Park improvements – $70,000 for the renovation, expansion and improvement of existing storage facility to incorporate a pavilion.
“One of the benefits of living in southwest Michigan is our opportunity to enjoy the natural resources that surround us,” Tyler said. “These funds will help expand our park system and put people to work, which is good for our community and good for our economy.”