LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones voted to support legislation on Wednesday to allocate $27.96 million from the Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) for 70 projects across the state, including two projects in Eaton County.
“This investment in our community will greatly benefit area residents by expanding and improving the recreational offerings at our local parks,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Investing constitutionally restricted resources to significantly increase the size of Oak Park in Grand Ledge will provide additional opportunities for hiking, rock climbing and enjoying the Grand River.”
House Bill 5377 authorizes the trust fund to support 26 acquisition projects and 44 development projects. Matching funds of $21.7 million bring the total investment to more than $49.6 million.
The NRTF plan includes $42,000 in trust fund dollars for a $60,000 acquisition of roughly 3.4 acres of property adjacent to Oak Park along the Grand River in Grand Ledge. The existing 5.58-acre park contains some of the most spectacular outcrops of bedrock ledges in the area.
A Delta Township development will receive $49,500 toward a $99,000 project to construct a small restroom building at Hawk Meadow Park. The park contains 4.5 miles of trails that traverse close to 150 acres of agricultural fields, forests and a small pond.
“Once completed, these projects will ensure that these Eaton County parks are places for families to enjoy for years to come,” Jones said.
The NRTF is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights. The trust fund is constitutionally restricted for natural resources improvements and land acquisitions across the state.