July 20th, 2021
This summer, Governor Whitmer announced a landmark $400 million investment in parks across Michigan, with a proposal to spend $250 million on addressing the infrastructure backlog at state parks and $150 million on improving local parks and trails. As part of this plan, the Governor also announced her proposal for a new, $26.2 million state park in Flint. If approved, it would be the first state park in Flint and Genesee County, marking an important step towards improving access for underserved areas.
The proposed investments will help protect Michigan’s natural resources in both woodlands and in wetlands alike so that future generations may enjoy our state’s natural beauty. Michiganders rely on our state’s pristine forests and natural spaces – they enhance Michiganders’ quality of life, serve as a crucial bulwark against climate change, and support a robust recreational tourism economy. Throughout the pandemic, Michigan’s state parks saw a 30% increase in visitors as people sought to enjoy outdoor activities. As our state recovers from the pandemic, we applaud Governor Whitmer’s commitment to investing in our parks and natural lands. Doing so will help Michigan meet public demand for outdoor recreation spaces, create new jobs, support our state’s existing tourism and hospitality industries, and preserve biodiversity in the face of ongoing natural collapse.