Grant boosts park improvement plan

Sunday Times Newspapers

TRENTON — Haas Park will be treated to some considerable upgrades next year courtesy of state and county grants totaling nearly $100,000.

Trenton Parks and Recreation Director Joann Donyea said that the confirmation this month of a $45,000 Department of Natural Resources grant will be added to $50,000 received from last year’s Wayne County Parks millage. The funds will allow the city to install a new picnic shelter, playground equipment and connecting paths at the north Trenton park off Sibley Road.

“What was there was no longer compliant,” Donyea said of the park’s long-standing equipment. “It has served its years.”

A building at the site had been torn down two years ago for safety reasons, and the combined grants will bring new facilities to the park.

“We’re very excited about the project,” Donyea said. “We think it’ll be a good asset to that neighborhood.”

Replacing the building and facilities awaited confirmation of the DNR grant, Donyea said.

“One of the reasons we delayed the project a year was when we knew the grant would be approved it was a great opportunity,” Donyea said. “The project really matched up well with the requirements of the Passport grants.”
Michigan’s DNR grants

According to a statement issued earlier this month by the DNR, Trenton was among 19 communities in the state to share more than $750,000 in Recreation Passport grants, funds derived from the sale of state park vehicle entry permits. Playground equipment and picnic area renovations — particularly those that no longer met safety requirements — were given a priority, and Trenton’s was among a wide field of applications seeking approval.

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