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Stromberg Park campground project to get $103,600 in funds

Legislation signed Friday by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will provide $103,600 in state funding to renovate the campground at Breen Township’s Stromberg Park.

The funding is part of $28.7 million in Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grants recommended by the fund’s board in December. In all, funding for 78 recreation development projects and land purchases has been approved.

The Breen Township project will provide 15 new campsites with fire pits, picnic tables and electric service, as well as better parking, walkways and a dump station. Some campsites will be fully accessible for persons with disabilities.

The township is obligated for a 25% match, or $25,900, but some of that can be through in-kind labor.

The 110-acre park, recently transferred from Dickinson County, is popular for swimming, fishing and for access to ORV trails.

Also approved was $300,000 for accessible bathhouses at two new campgrounds at the U.P. State Fair site in Escanaba. The campgrounds will be available to cyclists and hikers of the Iron Belle Trail, which is on U.S. 41 adjacent to the fairgrounds.

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund — a restricted fund established in 1976 to support land conservation and outdoor recreation — is financed through interest earned on funds derived from the development of publicly owned minerals such as oil and natural gas.

“Michigan places a high value on quality, outdoor recreation opportunities,” DNR Director Dan Eichinger said. “Trust Fund grants have leveraged additional dollars from local government partners to expand outdoor recreation throughout the state and ensure conservation of Michigan’s unmatched natural resources.”

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