The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments was scheduled to award funds for public WI-FI, an information kiosk and way-finding signage for Boyne’s Old City Park on Monday Oct. 6.
The project funds will improve the central business district’s Old City Park by enhancing its functionality as a location for the convergence of the many existing recreational activities in the area and the local businesses in the downtown district.
As part of Governor Snyder’s Regional Prosperity Initiative, the $7,500 Community Growth Grant will be used to install free public-access WI-FI for the park; an information kiosk advertising community events and providing informational brochures; and way-finding signs with maps showing the shortest and best routes to commercial, recreational and public areas throughout the City. With the required local match approved by the City Commission, the estimated total project cost for these park amenities is $15,000.
As a designated Trail Town, Boyne City is host to thousands of enthusiastic residents and tourists each year who enjoy the community’s recreational activities and visit the pedestrian-friendly downtown area. The City has worked to create scenic streetscapes that provide easy walking in the central business district and is currently working to build and connect a network of regional and local recreational trails that provide opportunities for activities such as hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling, horse-back riding, canoeing and kayaking.
Old City Park is located in the middle of Boyne City’s downtown and already serves as a hub for many community activities. Passers-by will often see Boyne River kayakers stopping for a break, local residents sitting under the shade trees eating lunch, families playing together on the playground and summer concerts in the gazebo. With the funds from this Community Growth Grant, Boyne City will be able to better facilitate the function of Old City Park as an economic development tool by directing visitors and residents alike to local businesses and activities and providing information that will connect the burgeoning trail users with all the opportunities our City has to offer.
According to Boyne City officials, the addition of these amenities to Old City Park will be yet another reason that Boyne City is a place people want to be.