Rep. Alexander Approves Funding for Trails and Parks Projects in the Jackson Area

Rep. Alexander Approves Funding for Trails and Parks Projects in the Jackson Area

State Representative Julie Alexander last week approved a plan to provide resources to support three outdoor recreation projects in Jackson County.

Funding for the project is provided by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund through Senate Bill 1028, which will support a variety of land acquisition and development efforts recommended by the trust fund’s board. Alexander, R-Hanover and the Michigan House of Representatives approved the bill Thursday.

“Jackson County has so much to offer when it comes to vibrant outdoor activities,” Alexander said. “New resources will help improve our community trails and parks for people who hike and bike the MLK Equality Trail, play pickleball at Sparks Foundation County Park, and swim in Little Wolf Lake. »

Martin Luther King Equality Path: Under the plan, the city of Jackson will receive $300,000 to repair and expand the Martin Luther King Equality Trail that runs through the city. The project will help make the trail more accessible and ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Sparks Foundation County Park: A $300,000 grant will go to Jackson County to install pickleball courts at Sparks Foundation County Park, home to The Cascades, Jackson’s signature man-made waterfall. The park’s former tennis courts will be renovated into eight pickleball courts. The project will also add a pathway, shade and a fence.

Little Wolf Lake County Park: Jackson County will also receive an additional $176,200 to acquire property to add 50 more feet of lakefront to Little Wolf Lake County Park, located in Napoleon Township. The expanded park property will add more space for picnicking and swimming, and may also allow for the addition of a boat launch in the future.

Resources from the Trust Fund will supplement existing project funding.

Money for the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from mineral development on state land – not general tax money – and is distributed on an annual basis in partnership with local governments. The Michigan Constitution states that the fund must be used for land acquisition or recreational development projects.

The governor is expected to sign SB 1028 soon.

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