Help guide plans for new state park in Flint at Open House Tuesday

Those interested in the development of a new state park in Flint are encouraged to attend an open house on Tuesday, October 4 at the Mott Park Clubhouse in Flint.

As much as $30.2 million was earmarked in March for the development of a state park in Flint. These ARPA funds are included in a $4.8 billion infrastructure package included in Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Building Michigan Together plan.

When completed, the new park will become Michigan’s 104th state park and Genesee County’s first state park.

“Developing a new state park or outdoor recreation facility in Genesee County has been on our radar for some time, particularly because one of the primary goals of the Blue Ribbon Park plan of Michigan is to establish state parks in major urban areas,” the DNR said. Parks and Recreation Chief Ron Olson. “The availability of ARPA funding was key to building momentum for this project. We are very excited to create an outdoor space that will be a destination for outdoor and river recreation.”

The proposed 234-acre state park will be located along a stretch of the Flint River, approximately 3 miles in size from east to west and more than 1.5 miles from north to south. given its location and unique existing architectural features, the park will be a key element in the redevelopment of the Flint Riverfront area.

The new state park is expected to include Chevy Commons, Mott Park Recreation Area, Riverbank Park, Vietnam Veterans Park, Happy Hollow Nature Area and existing trails, as well as other land along the Flint River available through collaborations with Genesee County, City of Flint. , Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and potential donors. The proposed plan will include five park units and three trail connections, which would provide non-motorized access throughout the park and easy access to surrounding neighborhoods, universities, community anchors and the Iron Belle Trail.

“I am grateful that Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources have prioritized this resource for Flint,” said Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley. “This is an investment in the health, safety and quality of life of Flint families who will have new opportunities to enjoy nature. We can expect positive environmental, social and even economic impacts, not not only because of the jobs the park will create, but also because of the economic development it will attract as a recreational anchor for our city.”

Open Day, Feedback Details

Those interested in the project are invited to attend the open day on October 4. It will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mott Park Clubhouse, 2701 Nolen Drive, in Flint. People can stop by at any time to get information and share their ideas.

After the meeting, the proposed design concept will be available at Michigan.gov/StateParksProgress. People can send comments to [email protected] through Oct. 25. Please put “FLINT STATE PARK” in the subject line.

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