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Parks and Recreation Dept. Applying for Park Grant to improve multiple trails

The City of Lapeer Parks and Recreation Department is working with the Department of Natural Resources to secure multiple park improvement grants totaling to approximately $1 million dollars.

Annrook Trail Map                                  Rotary Park Map                               Rowden Park Map

The proposed project would improve the Linear Park Pathway, including portions in Rowden, Rotary, and Annrook Parks. The Linear Park Pathway is located on the abandoned railroad property in and between Rowden, Rotary, Annrook, East Annrook and Audubon parks within the City of Lapeer. It stretches roughly 3 miles long and features boardwalks, bridges, paved pathways, and facilities located in the parks. City Parks and Recreation Director, Rodney Church says, these proposed projects will restore roughly 8,180 feet (1.54 miles) of HMA surface on the existing trails varying in widths from 6’ – 12’. The Linear Park Pathway was originally funded through separate grant opportunities through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in the mid 1990’s.

Per the Grants Management staff of the Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Spark Grants help local communities to create, renovate or redevelop public outdoor opportunities for residents and visitors – especially those whose economic opportunities and health were hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Spark Grants will support projects that provide safe, accessible public recreation facilities and spaces to improve people’s health, introduce new recreation experiences, build on existing park infrastructure and make it easier for people to enjoy the outdoors. This grant opportunity is possible because of the Building Michigan Together Plan, signed in March 2022, which included a historic infusion of federal funding in our state and local parks.