Huron-Clinton Metroparks has received more than $4.6 million in acquisition and development grants from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. The organization has also received $125,000 in recommended 2014 funding: an acquisition grant to purchase 1.12 acres will create a two mile extension of the Washtenaw County Border to Border Trail from Hudson Mills Metropark toward Lakelands Trail State Park; a development grant will replace 45-year-old boat launch facilities at Stony Creek Metropark with accessible piers, ramps, and a floating canoe and kayak launch.
“The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund has been instrumental in providing recreational amenities and assistance with the acquisition and protection of some of the most unique and well-used natural areas in Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties. The parks and recreational offerings of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, including Indian Springs, Kensington, Hudson Mills, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, and Lower Huron Metroparks, would not be the destinations they are today without the support of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. These Metroparks, and the amenities and opportunities they provide, are important tools in economic development, environmental protection, outdoor education, employee recruitment and retention, making southeast Michigan more attractive places to live, work, and play.”
– George Phifer, Deputy Director, Huron-Clinton Metroparks