State Rep. Aaron Miller this week announced a state agency has recommended funding for two local projects to enhance recreational opportunities.
Projects recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board include the $293,700 development of a canoe and kayak launch site north of the bridge at Memory Isle Park in Three Rivers.
The development will also convert lights at the park to LED and create a universally accessible picnic area. Also included is renovation of the pedestrian bridge at the park, allowing for safe access to an island in the Rocky River.
The second project is acquisition of 54 acres that includes frontage on the St. Joseph River at a cost of $166,000. The land purchase will provide access to the river between Three Rivers and Constantine. It involves preserving critical habitats in the area, further developing St. Joseph County’s canoe and kayak river trail network.
The Legislature will consider the recommendations in 2018.