Weesaw Township Park gets over $135,000 in grant money

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. - A Berrien County park received $135,500 in grant money on Friday from the Recreation Passport program. The park is one of 14 communities across the state that received funding.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer awarded a total of $1,906,100 in grants to support local projects like splashpads, a new welcome center, and more.

Berrien County's Weesaw Township Park plans to use the money toward park development.

“Recreation Passports help more Michiganders explore Pure Michigan and secure critical resources to improve state, local, and community parks,” said Governor Whitmer. “Michigan has always been a four-season recreation destination, and the enhancements made possible through Recreation Passport grants help ensure residents and visitors of all abilities can enjoy a rich variety of activities and experiences every day of the year.” 

The Recreation Passport program began in 2010 as a way to increase visitors and funding to Michigan state parks.

On average, every $1 invested in land conservation leads to $4 in economic benefit for the local community through jobs and tourism, according to Governor Whitmer.

Since its inception, the program has awarded over $16.5 million in grants to projects across the state.

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