Sen. Johnson supports local park project in trust fund’s recommendations

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Ruth Johnson applauded the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) board for including a village of Ortonville project in its list of recommendations for 2020.

The NRTF board recommendations include $25,900 for the village of Ortonville to renovate the concession and restroom building at the Sherman Memorial Village Park. The building was originally constructed in the 1950s and is used year-round. The project would bring the facility and adjacent parking up to current standards for accessibility.

“Many Michigan families enjoy getting together and taking advantage of the many outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities in our state,” said Johnson, R-Holly. “Once approved, this project would improve access to a wonderful local park and help make it an even better place for residents to enjoy the outdoors.”

The NRTF is supported by interest earnings from the development of state-owned mineral rights. The fund’s dollars are constitutionally restricted to recreation improvements and land acquisitions.

The NRTF board has recommended $25.6 million in grant funding for 2020, including $11.5 million for 60 recreation development projects and $14.1 million for 18 land acquisition projects.

The recommendations now head to the Legislature for consideration and approval in 2020 through legislation authorizing the funding.

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