Thursday, December 3, 2009

Acme Township (Grand Traverse Bay) Gets Funds to Expand Park

Acme, Michigan
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based on a news article in the Traverse City Record Eagle

Thanks to Michigan's Constitutionally protected Natural Resources Trust Fund funds are provided each year from oil and gas revenues to expand and improve natural areas throughout the state. Acme Township, Grand Traverse County, will receive $2.26 million. This will allow the township add 768 feet of bay frontage to its ongoing park project.

The Mountain Jack's restaurant property is to be purchased. The business closed in 2008. Last year, three small motel properties were purchased and the land incorporated into the plan. The goal is to create over a mile of public property along the beach on the east shore of Grand Traverse Bay. The community park will extend south to Five Mile Road, and will include picnic areas, gardens, volleyball courts and a marina, in addition to swimming beaches.

The township still needs to raise additional funds for their matching portion of the grant, but Acme township Manager Sharon Vreeland said, "Failure is not an option. If we don't provide the match, we don't get the grant and we let a lot of people down."

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