$125,700 MDNR Trust fund Grant recommended for City of Negaunee

The City of Negaunee is excited to announce it has been recommended to be awarded a $125,700 Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant for the construction of a playground near the newly erected Jackson park pavilion.

“The playground will be constructed between Tobin Street and the new pavilion. This is a great site, it provides a good sightline for parents to see their children from the pavilion during family gatherings”, City Manager, Nate Heffron said.

Heffron reports that the current playground at the senior center will eventually be removed and some of the equipment will be repurposed. “We have some equipment that was donated and can still be used. We want to make sure we take in to consideration these donations and handle them with the respect they deserve”, Heffron said.

The new playground will consist of one large play structure and several smaller features. The layout of the park will be designed to allow for additional features in the future. Benches and tables will also be located in the area. A universal design access path, approximately 225 feet in length will connect the proposed playground and new pavilion area.

This project was sparked after a MDNR grant was awarded for the new pavilion in 2017. This led to a group of residents exploring the potential of building a playground near the new pavilion.

The Negaunee Lions Club, donated $10,000 from the Lions Community Enrichment Fund

for this project. “The Lions Clubs sees this donation as a way to leverage other funding sources that may not be available to the community without addition incentives,” said Dave Dompierre, a member of the Lions Club.

The overall estimated cost of the project is $167,647.00, with the City having to contribute a minimum of 25 percent of the funding, equaling nearly $42 thousand dollars. “We hope to find other organizations as generous as the Lions Club to assist us with the City’s contribution. We also have in-kind services we will be able to apply to this grant as our match, Heffron said.

“We hope to enter into a grant agreement in the next few months. We believe that this playground will be able to be completed sometime in 2022. Our next step includes finishing up the details of the project”, Heffron said.

Questions concerning this release may be directed to the attention of the City Manager, Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11. (See playground renders attached [2])