Gov. Whitmer announces $250 million investment in state parks

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 5:57 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a plan today to invest $250 million in state parks and trails.

The funding for Governor Whitmer’s plan comes from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. The goal of the project is to upgrade water and sanitary systems, preserving historic structures and installing and improving vital park infrastructure.

Governor Whitmer says investments in parks and trails is one way to uplift communities as we come out of the pandemic and continue Michigan’s economic jumpstart.

“Investments in public spaces make Michigan more competitive and attractive for tourism, and position us as a recreation leader,” Gov. Whitmer said. “They’re critical components to our seasonal and rural economies. Tourism is vital to our economy and to our overall economic health.”

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has recorded a 30 percent increase in visitors to state parks and recreation areas over the past year. The department says Governor Whitmer’s plan will give the infrastructure at Michigan state parks a “badly needed boost.”

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