Recreation Passport grants awarded for tasks in Baraga and Delta Counties


BARAGA AND DELTA COUNTIES, Mich. (WJMN) – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Friday the recipients of 14 Recreation Passport grants. A total of $1,906,100 will be awarded for projects in 13 districts, including two in the Upper Peninsula.

In Baraga County, the village of L’Anse receives $150,000 for hockey rinks and glass at Meadowbrook Arena.

In Delta County, the Ford River community will receive $83,600 to be used for Ford River Township Park.

“Recreation Passports help more Michiganans explore Pure Michigan and secure important resources to improve state, local and community parks,” said Governor Whitmer. “Michigan has always been a year-round recreational destination, and the improvements made possible by Recreation Passport grants help residents and visitors of all abilities enjoy a rich variety of activities and experiences every day of the year.”

The funded projects were selected from a field of 35 applicants. A press release from Gov. Whitmer said successful applicants had clear demonstrations of projects aimed at expanding public access to quality outdoor recreation opportunities.

Michigan’s Recreation Passport grant program is funded by 10% of passport revenue. Since the Recreation Passport’s inception in 2010, the scholarship program has awarded over $16.5 million statewide.

The full list of recipients is as follows:

applicant district project title premium amount
City of Crowell County Sanilac Improvements to Riverbend Park $150,000
City of Gladwin Gladwin County Complete the Trail of the Two Cities $150,000
City of Sandusky County Sanilac Diamond Trail bathrooms and drinking fountains $150,000
City of Alpena Alpena district Mich-e-ke-wis Park beach volleyball courts $150,000
Municipality of Ford River Delta County Ford River Community Park $83,600
Village of L’Anse County Baraga Meadowbrook Arena – Hockey Rinks & Glass $150,000
Lowell Charter Township County of Kent Grand River Park Splashpad $150,000
City of Frankfurt Benzie County Bellows park development of the city of Frankfurt $150,000
City of Allegan Allegan County Rossman Park improvements $112,000
Large prairie community Newaygo County New Welcome Center for Oxbow Park $150,000
City of Potterville Eaton County SUNSET HILLS PARK PROJECT $118,600
City of Romulus Wayne County Social Justice and Universal Access Project at Mary Ann Banks Park $112,400
Weesaw community Berrien County Development of Weesaw Township Park $135,500
Municipality of Casco St Clair County Casco Township Belle River Park Picnic Pavilion $144,000

“Every resident who purchases the Recreation Passport gains amazing value and access to outdoor recreation for themselves while helping improve public outdoor recreation nationwide,” said DNR Director Dan Eichinger. “Ten percent of Recreation Passport sales go to local communities through grants, supporting each community’s vision of what it can bring to residents. It’s about making outdoor recreation more accessible to more people. Whether you’re birdwatching with friends at a neighborhood park, playing with your kids in a new paddling pool, or enjoying a good book in the shade of a park gazebo, having those spaces available is incredibly important.”

The application period for the next round of Recreation Passport grant funding begins in early 2023 and the application deadline is April 1. You can read more about the program and application information here.