Mich. Legislature Approves $2M for Ironwood-Detroit Trail, Plus Local Projects

March 05, 2015 12:28 PM

The Michigan Legislature has approved spending $24.7 million on 69 recreational development and land purchase projects around Michigan in 2015, including funding for the planned Iron Belle Trail from Ironwood to Detroit and several projects in Gogebic County.

Funding includes:

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  • $2 million for the Michigan DNR to buy land for the showcase trail from Ironwood to Detroit's Belle Isle Park.  The state plans to use existing trails as much as possible, with this funding used to buy land to fix critical gaps between existing trails.
  • $295,000 for an Ironwood to Bessemer trail project.  The development will include construction of a 4.2-mile, 10-foot wide, paved recreation trail on a former railroad grade.
  • $37,500 for improvements to Curry Park in Ironwood.  The project will include upgrades to electrical service at campsites, rebuilding gravel pads for full hook-up campsites, and installing picnic tables that meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • $37,500 for a playground at Depot Park in Ironwood.

Legislation that the Senate approved Thursday authorizes Natural Resources Trust Fund projects. Funding comes from earnings on the sale and lease of publicly owned mineral rights.

Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign the bill.


Online: List of projects

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