DNR performs upgrades at three Upper Peninsula state parks

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be making upgrades to a number of Michigan State Parks across the state.

The DNR has given the green light — with $15,962,000 — to state park projects in Bay, Cheboygan, Delta, Iosco, Mackinac, Monroe, Ontonagon, Saginaw, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

It’s all part of DNR’s Phase 1 funding made possible through Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Building Michigan Together plan, a $4.8 million infrastructure package signed in March that included a record $250 million. to help address a decades-long backlog of repair and maintenance needs. in state parks and building a new state park in Flint. This funding came from the federal relief program, the American Rescue Plan.

DNR Director Dan Eichinger said this first round of funding is part of a thoughtful and deliberate assessment of needed projects at Michigan’s state parks.

“For more than 100 years, state parks have anchored communities and provided safe, clean spaces for people to connect with nature and historic resources and enjoy the outdoors. During the COVID pandemic, our parks have welcomed people in record numbers,” Eichinger said. “We are grateful and pleased to begin this first phase of critical maintenance, repair and upgrade work, knowing that each project will help us provide even better visitor experiences and outdoor recreation opportunities for visitors. visitors of all ages and abilities.”

Upper Peninsula Phase 1 Projects

The first set of projects includes the following, listed alphabetically by county:

  • Fayette Historic State Park (Delta County): $600,000 to rebuild the south wall of the West Foundry in the park’s historic urban site – where visitors can take a walking tour of 20 original structures from the once bustling iron smelting industrial community of the late 1800s. This is the first phase of a historic preservation project in the park.
  • Fayette Historic State Park (Delta County): $400,000 rebuild approximately 300 feet of retaining wall adjacent to the historic coal kilns within the park’s historic urban site. The kilns were built to produce charcoal for blast furnaces to smelt iron ore. This is the second phase of a historic preservation project in the park.
  • Straits State Park (Mackinac County): $2 million to replace the two toilet and shower buildings in the upper campground, which will mirror the finish details of the newly constructed buildings in the park’s lower campground.
  • Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (Ontonagon County): $1.4 million to renovate and preserve the modern Kaug Wudjoo Pavilion, staff quarters, machine shop, carpentry shop and fire barn. Renovations include the construction and replacement of new roofs and siding, as well as improvements to accessibility features. Utilities and structural upgrades are also included in ongoing historic preservation efforts.

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