The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) board of trustees last week recommended to the Michigan Legislature that 76 recreation development projects and land acquisitions totaling $27,677,800 be funded in 2014. The board this year considered a total of 142 applications seeking $49,431,900 in funding.
The project applications that have received preliminary approval by the MNRTF committee are:
• Antrim County – Village of Central Lake, Thurston Park Improvements – $162,500: Development to include a new bath house, walkway and boardwalk along the shore of Intermediate Lake with additional boat dockage.
• Charlevoix County, Boyne City to Charlevoix Non-Motorized Trail – $300,000: Development to include construction of a 3.2 mile 10-foot wide asphalt, non-motorized path along Boyne City-Charlevoix Road, beginning at the Little Traverse Wheelway. It will include clearing, earthwork, drainage improvements, segmented retaining walls, timber boardwalks, asphalt path, signage, landscaping and slope restoration.
Projects that will assist local municipalities acquire property for their projects are:
• City of Boyne City, Riverside Park Annex Acquisition – $48,600: Acquisition of approximately 6 acres to expand public ownership of the Boyne River to protect forested wetlands, floodplain and wildlife habitat and provide water access, fishing and other passive recreation opportunities.
• Peaine Township, Fox Pointe – $155,300: Acquisition of approximately 23 acres of land on Beaver Island with frontage on Fox Lake to serve as a recreational destination for residents and visitors and to preserve natural resources on site.