L’ANSE, Mich. (WZMQ) – Today, Gov. Whitmer awarded 14 communities with a total of $1,906,100 in recreation passport grants for projects. The village of L’Anse in Baraga county received a $150,000 grant toward Meadowbrook Arena for hockey boards and glass.
The recreation passport program started 12 years ago to boost visitors and funding for Michigan state parks, and over a decade later it is also delivering more funding to improve local and community parks and trails across the state.
“Recreation Passports help more Michiganders explore Pure Michigan and secure critical resources to improve state, local, and community parks,” said Governor Whitmer. “Michigan has always been a four-season recreation destination, and the enhancements made possible through Recreation Passport grants help ensure residents and visitors of all abilities can enjoy a rich variety of activities and experiences every day of the year.”
Selected projects were scored and selected from a field of 35 grant applications seeking $4.4 million in local funding. Successful applicants demonstrated projects designed to broaden public access to quality outdoor recreation opportunities.
Funding for this program is derived from sales of Michigan’s Recreation Passport, required for vehicle entry into Michigan’s 103 state parks, 140 state forest campgrounds, hundreds of miles of state trails, historic sites, hundreds of boating access sites and other outdoor spaces.
According to the L’Anse Meadowbrook Arena Facebook page, the grant is “wonderful news for the community”.