TRAVERSE CITY — Local recreational areas will receive makeovers, courtesy of the state Department of Natural Resources.
The DNR awarded Land and Water Conservation Fund grants to 10 recreational facilities across the state and another 19 Recreation Passport grants to parks.
Facilities in the Grand Traverse Area will benefit from the grants, which are largely focused on making natural resources accessible to people with disabilities.
Just over $31,000 was freed up for a fishing dock in Beulah Beach Park on the east end of Crystal Lake.
“The existing fishing dock we have is really in bad shape and we needed a source for money for it and we had been doing some other improvements,” said Dan Hook, Beulah’s president pro-tem.
The beach also will be made more handicap-accessible, he said.
Manistee was awarded $48,000 to make an ADA-compliant children’s park at the Rotary Park Play Area.
The DNR awarded a total of $695,500 in Land and Water Conservation Fund grants and $761,600 in Recreation Passport grants.
Through the Recreation Passport grants, Garfield Township was awarded $45,000 to develop Veteran’s Memorial Park; Boardman Township received $37,000 to help control erosion, provide safe parking and include handicap access to Perch Lake Park development
In Suttons Bay Township, the state awarded a grant for improvements to the Herman Community Park trail, fishing dock and well.
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