2009-12-20 / Front Page

Persistence pays off

Montrose Township wins DNR grant
By Jeanne Marcello Staff Reporter

MONTROSE TOWNSHIP – Plans for new fishing piers, a boat launch and other amenities are moving forward for Barber Park, on Seymour Road just south of M-57. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently awarded Montrose Township a $348,500 grant from the DNR Trust Fund.

According to Montrose Township Clerk Fred Domine, the township had applied for the grant two years in a row. “This year we got it,” he said as he began to list the types of upgrades the grant will fund.

The project will include a new handicap-accessible restroom building, water, new drinking foun- tain, electricity, lights for the sledding hill, the installation of a boat launch and two handicapaccessible fishing piers. Domine also talked about special features including a new expanded playscape for the children, a new walking trail and a handicap accessible picnic table.

The township will be required to provide match funds in the amount of approximately $150,000. The matching funds are expected to come from the township’s landfill impact fund.

Earlier this spring when Supervisor Mark Emmendorfer talked about the project, he pointed out that the extended paved walkway enables persons with handicaps easier access to watch soccer games at Barber Park.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $498,500.

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