Rep. Annette Glenn today led the Michigan House’s approval of $967,300 to expand a park in Midland County’s Larkin Township.
The money will assist with the acquisition of about 152 acres bordering the existing Larkin Township park. Plans include developing a 72-acre western parcel with a playground, pavilion, athletic fields and parking. The 80-acre eastern parcel would include walking paths and interpretive signage.
“This is the kind of project that could offer something for all Midland County families to enjoy — from a place to commune with nature to a place to play soccer or softball,” said Glenn, of Midland. “I will work hard to bring this support home to Midland County as this plan progresses through the Legislature.”
The land acquisition is included in annual recommendations from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, which require approval and input from the Legislature. Statewide, the measure approved by the House provides $37.8 million for 46 recreational development projects and 30 land acquisition projects.
Money in the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from the development of minerals on state land – not general tax money — and is distributed on an annual basis in partnership with local governments. The money must be used for acquisition or recreational development projects, according to the Michigan Constitution.
The Natural Resources Trust Fund program dates back to the 1970s.
House Bill 4469 advances to the Senate for further consideration.
Rep. Glenn talks about her House Bill 4640, which eliminates an inconsistency in state law that sometimes could undermine a court’s ability to step in and protect neglected children. The legislation is currently under consideration in the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee.
The Michigan House today approved Rep. Annette Glenn’s plan to enhance government accountability by protecting state employees who speak out about potential problems within their departments. It’s Glenn’s latest effort at making state government more open and accountable.