The Michigan House has approved providing $2.06 million for Barry and Ionia county park and trail projects developments and the bill now goes to the Senate for consideration, according to 87th District Rep. Julie Calley.
The projects include a Jordan Lake Trail project to construct an eight-mile long, combination asphalt and boardwalk, non-motorized path around the 430 acre Jordan Lake in Barry and Ionia counties. The $1.36 million will be used for to finish 1.4 miles of the pathway.
A second Jordan Lake Trail project, in Barry County’s Woodland Township, is a $433,200 project that involves universal access features being built into the trail to give those with disabilities and of all ages the opportunity to travel through and observe areas of wildlife and nature.
A $259,500 development at the Saranac boat launch will construct a parking area, a restroom and pavilion building, a fishing/overlook pier, educational displays, and a trail connection to the existing Riverwalk Trail and the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail-Trail. //
“These projects will benefit so many families, runners, anglers and boaters, not to mention those who just like picnics in the park,” Called said. “They will enable more people to enjoy the natural resources that abound in this area.”
Funding for the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from revenue from the lease of state land and is designated every year in partnership with local governments.