Michigan Natural Resources Recommends $200,000 to Colon Park


Village of Colon (St. Joseph County), Colon Community Park Development, $200,000. This project would develop non-motorized trails, a wetland boardwalk, fishing platform, look-out gazebo, playground, basketball/tennis courts, an ice rink, sand volleyball area, horseshoe pits, amphitheatre and picnic area.

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) Board of Trustees on Wednesday recommended to Governor Jennifer M. Granholm that 67 recreation projects and land acquisitions totaling $35.7 million be funded in 2010. The board this year had considered 175 applications for development and acquisition projects totaling $108.3 million, which were competitively evaluated based on scoring criteria developed by the board.

“Our natural resources help set Michigan apart from other states, and the work of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund has made it possible to protect and acquire some of our most scenic lands and unique natural areas,” Granholm said. “These recommendations will allow all who live in and visit our state to further enjoy Michigan’s magnificent natural and recreational areas.”

The trust fund is a restricted fund that was established in 1976 to provide a source of funding for public acquisition of lands for resource protection and outdoor recreation. The funding is derived from royalties on the sale and lease of state-owned mineral rights. In 1985, Michigan voters chose to make the MNRTF part of Michigan’s constitution, ensuring this program’s future.

“Michigan’s leadership in conservation and outdoor recreation continues to be enhanced by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund,” said Department of Natural Resources Director Rebecca Humphries. “The recommendations made by the MNRTF Board today help solidify our national leadership in this area, while providing outstanding opportunities for Michigan citizens and visitors to experience the great outdoors.”

From here, the recommendations go to Governor Granholm for her review. She will then forward them to the Michigan Legislature for appropriation of the funds from the MNRTF. Typically, this part of the process is completed by the end of the summer following the Trust Fund Board’s recommendations.

Click below for the complete list of the final recommendations made by the Trust Fund Board.


What a great time to join the Colon Community Park Brick Fund.  Make yourself or a loved one a permanent part of the park with a name on a paver at the pavilion.  Take a look an see how.

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