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Rep. LaSata announces state grant recommendation to develop trailhead


State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board has recommended a grant to develop a Berrien County kayak park.

LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said the $300,000 grant will pay for improvements at Riverside Kayak Park in Hagar Township. Funding for the project is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.

“I am pleased that the Trust Fund Board has identified Hagar Township as one of the recreational opportunities recommended for improvements,” LaSata said. “The trailhead area development will provide families throughout the area access to the Paw Paw River and the regional water trail.”

The trailhead area will include universally accessible parking, a boardwalk and a kayak launch. Additional amenities on the 112-acre parcel include restrooms, picnic areas with grills and a pavilion.

“This development will create a public recreation area in the township where none currently exist,” LaSata said. “It will bolster economic development within the township while improving the quality of life for families who can enjoy the natural beauty of the area. I was happy to join the effort to make this a reality and I congratulate all who have been involved in the process.”

The Legislature will consider the grant recommendations in 2018.

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