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Michigan DNR approves nearly $2 million in recreation grants | Sports

A program that started 10 years ago with the goal of boosting visitation and funding for Michigan state parks also has created another important benefit: more funding for local, community parks and trails enhancement throughout the state. Today the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that 18 communities will share $1,926,000 for projects including trailhead development in Marquette County, recreation center renovation in Oakland County and park improvements in Crawford County.

The DNR introduced the Recreation Passport in 2010, replacing the traditional window sticker system for state park access with a purchase program tied to the renewal of license plate registrations. Support for the Recreation Passport has steadily grown since the program’s start – more than a third of Michigan registered vehicles now have the Recreation Passport on their license plate tabs – and that means more available funding for grants. With the announcement of this year’s recipients, the Recreation Passport grant program (established by Public Act 35 of 2010) has awarded just over $12.7 million statewide.

View a full list and descriptions of this year’s Recreation Passport grant awards. Counties where funded grant projects have been approved include Alcona, Alpena, Barry, Chippewa, Clare, Crawford, Genesee, Isabella, Lapeer, Manistee, Marquette, Monroe, Montmorency, Oakland, Ogemaw, Osceola and Shiawassee.

Selected projects were scored and selected from a field of 59 grant applications seeking $6.5 million in local funding. Successful applicants clearly demonstrated projects designed to broaden public access to quality outdoor recreation opportunities.

“Recreation Passport grants help communities of all sizes bring more and better recreation opportunities to residents of all abilities, and those types of amenities make communities stronger,” said Christie Bayus, Recreation Passport grant program manager. “During this time, having a fun, safe place to enjoy the outdoors is more important than ever, and these grants make projects to achieve that possible.”

Funding for this program is derived from sales of Michigan’s Recreation Passport, required for vehicle entry into Michigan’s 103 state parks, 140 state forest campgrounds, hundreds of miles of state trails, historic sites, hundreds of boating access sites and other outdoor spaces. With every sale of a Recreation Passport, 10% goes directly to the grant program.

“We’ve seen an upswing in the number of visitors coming out to use Michigan state parks, trails and other outdoor opportunities, as people look for COVID-safe ways to relax and get exercise,” said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief. “Those visitors represent a direct investment in state parks and local parks, because about $1 from every Recreation Passport purchased funds those local park and recreation grants.”

The application period for the next round of Recreation Passport grant funding opens in January, with applications due April 1. Learn more about the program and application materials at Michigan.gov/DNRGrants.

Questions? Call DNR the Grants Management Section at 517-284-7268 or email [email protected]

Source: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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DNR approves over $2M for recreation, forestry projects across Michigan

Michigan communities are in for outdoor improvements with 32 recreation and forestry projects approved for over $2 million in state funding.

This week, the Department of Natural Resources approved $1.9 million in funding for recreation projects and about $99,000 for urban forestry improvements. The DNR also recommended $5.4 million in Land and Water Conservation Fund grants to support park projects across the state; those funds are awaiting federal approval.

“During this time, having a fun, safe place to enjoy the outdoors is more important than ever, and these grants make projects to achieve that possible,” said Christie Bayus, Recreation Passport grant program manager.

The state’s 10-year-old Recreation Passport grant program is providing $1,926,000 for 18 projects, including a trailhead development in Marquette County, a recreation center renovation in Oakland County and park improvements in Crawford County.

The grants are funded through purchases of Recreation Passports, which are required for entry into Michigan’s 103 state parks, 140 state forest campgrounds, hundreds of miles of state trails, historic sites, hundreds of boating access sites and other outdoor spaces. About $1 from every passport goes to the grant program.

Counties where recreation grant funding has been approved include Alcona, Alpena, Barry, Chippewa, Clare, Crawford, Genesee, Isabella, Lapeer, Manistee, Marquette, Monroe, Montmorency, Oakland, Ogemaw, Osceola and Shiawassee.

Find the full list of projects here.

Communities across Michigan will have funding to get greener after this week’s approval of $98,690 in forestry grants. The DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program collaborated with the USDA Forest Service to fund the projects, which include tree planting and maintenance, planning for public spaces and educational programs.

This program helps Michigan increase the number of healthy trees where people live and work, which translates to cleaner air and water, cooler cities, erosion control and even reduced stress levels, according to the DNR.

Communities will use grant awards to inventory urban forests, plant trees, improve public awareness of threats such as invasive species and provide professional education opportunities. Local municipalities match the grants dollar-for-dollar.

Forestry grants were approved in Grand Traverse, Ingham, Kalamazoo, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Marquette, Monroe, Oakland, Ottawa, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Find the full list of projects here.

This week, the DNR also recommended 14 projects to receive a share of $5,441,600 in federal funding.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund grants would support improvements to trails, sports facilities, and state and local parks across Michigan to bring “real-world health and social benefits to residents and visitors,” said Dan Lord, DNR grants manager.

If approved by the National Park Service, the funding would support campground developments, park renovations and improvements, accessible playground development, accessibility improvements and more.

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund is pivotal in supporting projects that improve the quality of outdoor recreation for communities across Michigan,” Lord said.

Projects recommended for funding are in Bay, Berrien, Eaton, Houghton, Ingham, Macomb, Oakland, Oceana, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Find the full list of recommended projects here.

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DNR approves nearly $2M in recreation grants for local park and trail improvement, development

LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) – A program that started 10 years ago with the goal of boosting visitation and funding for Michigan state parks also has created another important benefit: more funding for local, community parks and trails enhancement throughout the state. Today the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that 18 communities will share $1,926,000 for projects including trailhead development in Marquette County, recreation center renovation in Oakland County and park improvements in Crawford County.



a tree in a forest: Michigan Recreation Passport logo on an image of Little Presque Isle Park in Marquette County.


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Michigan Recreation Passport logo on an image of Little Presque Isle Park in Marquette County.

The DNR introduced the Recreation Passport in 2010, replacing the traditional window sticker system for state park access with a purchase program tied to the renewal of license plate registrations. Support for the Recreation Passport has steadily grown since the program’s start – more than a third of Michigan registered vehicles now have the Recreation Passport on their license plate tabs – and that means more available funding for grants. With the announcement of this year’s recipients, the Recreation Passport grant program (established by Public Act 35 of 2010) has awarded just over $12.7 million statewide.

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View a full list and descriptions of this year’s Recreation Passport grant awards. Counties where funded grant projects have been approved include Alcona, Alpena, Barry, Chippewa, Clare, Crawford, Genesee, Isabella, Lapeer, Manistee, Marquette, Monroe, Montmorency, Oakland, Ogemaw, Osceola and Shiawassee.

In Upper Michigan, two projects will receive grants. In Chippewa County, the Village of DeTour was awarded $150,000 for DeTour Village Veterans Park improvements. In Marquette County, the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority was awarded $73,300 for work at the Iron Ore Heritage Trail trailhead in Negaunee Township.

Selected projects were scored and selected from a field of 59 grant applications seeking $6.5 million in local funding. Successful applicants clearly demonstrated projects designed to broaden public access to quality outdoor recreation opportunities.

“Recreation Passport grants help communities of all sizes bring more and better recreation opportunities to residents of all abilities, and those types of amenities make communities stronger,” said Christie Bayus, Recreation Passport grant program manager. “During this time, having a fun, safe place to enjoy the outdoors is more important than ever, and these grants make projects to achieve that possible.”

Funding for this program is derived from sales of Michigan’s Recreation Passport, required for vehicle entry into Michigan’s 103 state parks, 140 state forest campgrounds, hundreds of miles of state trails, historic sites, hundreds of boating access sites and other outdoor spaces. With every sale of a Recreation Passport, 10% goes directly to the grant program.

“We’ve seen an upswing in the number of visitors coming out to use Michigan state parks, trails and other outdoor opportunities, as people look for COVID-safe ways to relax and get exercise,” said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief. “Those visitors represent a direct investment in state parks and local parks, because about $1 from every Recreation Passport purchased funds those local park and recreation grants.”

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BOI approves hotel project worth P45M in Cebu City


THE Board of Investments (BOI) has a P45-million hotel investment project in Cebu City for its Covid-19 proofing initiative.

The 63-room project is the Cebu Quad Management Corp.’s second premium economy hotel with SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western. The first hotel was in Angeles, Pampanga.

SureStay Plus Hotel will be adopting information technology (IT) systems for contact tracing, online booking and contactless payment. The hotel will also install cameras equipped with thermal sensors or no-contact thermal scanners and disinfecting kiosks with sensors as part of measures to reduce Covid-19 infections.

SureStay Plus Hotel is projected to generate some 32 direct and indirect jobs in its first five years of operation.

The project is expected to provide additional income to food and beverage suppliers and furniture designers and makers of high-quality handicrafts in Cebu.

In a press statement, BOI said the project supports the government’s “Buy Local” campaign, which aims to promote patronage of products and services of domestic enterprises to help them recover from losses during the lockdown.

Tourism has been among the hardest-hit sectors amid the global pandemic. As part of the government’s efforts to help them, BOI has launched a campaign to support businesses during the pandemic. The campaign aims to provide Philippine businesses with the information and the help they need in view of the Covid-19 crisis.

The campaign also promotes government help in a range of areas, from the movement of goods to schemes for manufacturers.

BOI also collaborated closely with the Department of Tourism to introduce a policy providing investment incentives for tourism and tourism-related industries that are upgrading and modernizing their facilities to operate under the new normal.

“The tourism sector has been one of the worst affected of all the major sectors of the economy due to the current health crisis. By providing investment incentives, we hope that the sector, which was a major driver of the economy’s growth pre-Covid-19, will stay afloat, continue business operations and recover the soonest while ensuring the health, safety and wellness of tourists,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat was quoted as saying in the statement.

“Tourist accommodation facilities that would like to undertake improvements to make their facilities Covid-proof may consider applying for registration of such with the BOI as modernization projects,” she said.

“Even tourism facilities in Boracay, which currently do not qualify for incentives for new and expansion projects because of locational restrictions, may qualify for this special type of incentives for Covid modernization/upgrade projects. These incentives are meant to help the tourism industry recover faster and provide comfort/safety in our tourism facilities,” Puyat said.

Tourism remains a key development pillar that generates high economic gains for the country and livelihood for the Filipinos. Further, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has identified tourism as among the driving forces to promote sustained and inclusive growth.

As a labor-intensive sector, the accommodation segment employs about 1.91 million Filipinos, or s 33.6 percent share in the total employment in 2019.

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Texas A&M University System Board Of Regents Approves South Campus Recreation Center Project

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Construction on the South Campus Recreation Center could start as early as December.


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The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today authorized the construction of a $35 million South Campus Recreation Center to enhance student recreational activities.

The 63,000 square-foot facility will have strength and conditioning areas, areas for basketball, volleyball and indoor soccer, a climbing wall, locker rooms and more. It will be located off Bizzell Street across from Krueger, Mosher and Rudder Halls and adjacent to the golf course.

“In recent years, Texas A&M has invested heavily in several facilities designed to enhance the educational experience,” said Texas A&M President Michael K. Young. “With this new recreation center, we’re supporting our students’ health and well-being, which are essential to helping them succeed not only in the classroom, but also in life.”

Rick Hall, director of Recreational Sports, part of the Division of Student Affairs, said the South Campus Rec Center project will advance the university by preparing students to assume roles in leadership, responsibility and service to society.

“The South Campus Recreation Center is a critical project to the university’s commitment to provide students, faculty and staff with the best opportunities to support and nurture their health and well-being,” Hall said. “The Department of Recreational Sports provides high-quality, inclusive experiences and facilities. Multiple assessments have shown that participants in recreational activities have higher persistence rates and graduation rates than those who do not engage in recreation. A student’s overall health and well-being, coupled with academic success, will prepare graduates for successful careers within the global economy.”

Texas A&M administrators said the facility is needed because of the school’s increasing enrollment. A study by the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association shows that a university the size of Texas A&M should have at least 587,000 square feet of indoor recreational facilities, and that the school currently has about 415,000 square feet.

Since the main Student Recreation Center opened in 1995, the Texas A&M student body has grown more than 60 percent while recreational facilities have increased by only 25 percent.

In addition, Texas A&M administrators said, all current student recreational facilities are located west of the train tracks that divide the campus and are beyond a 10-minute walk from much of the academic and housing facilities on campus.

Construction on the South Campus Recreation Center project could start as early as December, and is scheduled for completion in June of 2022.

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Oregon Legislative Emergency Board Approves Cash for Hotel Purchases for Fire-Ravaged Counties

The idea, as WW first reported earlier this week,  is to meet the emergency shelter needs of thousands of displaced people by purchasing, rather than renting, properties while hotel and motel prices are depressed by COVID-19-related travel slowdowns. State officials estimate after this year’s wildfires that 10,000 more Oregonians will be seeking shelter beds than there is capacity.

The two state reps hoped to purchase about 1,000 rooms to house people displaced by COVID-19 and wildfires, as well as people who have no place to live for other reasons.

The Emergency Board, which typically makes relatively mundane financial tweaks between regular sessions of the Legislature, has been called on this year to allocate massive COVID-19 relief, as well as adjust other spending decisions and respond to pleas for help from around the state.

Wildfires have affected both blue and red areas of the state, so lawmakers could find bipartisan support for the former proposal—but not the latter.

Project Turnkey for fire-affected counties will move forward with the Oregon Community Foundation as the fiscal agent and nonprofits with previous experience operating shelters competing to run the properties.

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Nashville Airport Authority approves first on-site hotel

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A 14-story Hilton will be the first on-site hotel at Nashville International Airport in about three years, the airport authority announced Wednesday, reports the Nashville Tennessean, a USA TODAY Network publication.

A hotel has been planned for two years as part of the larger BNA renovation and expansion program underway.

The developer and brand were approved Wednesday morning by the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. It is scheduled to open in late 2023.

Chartwell will finance the roughly $95 million hotel and the airport will fund an attached $82 million four-level parking garage with bonds. 

Nashville airport hotel to open in 2023 (Photo: BNA Airport and Chartwell Hospitality)

“This high-end hotel, and the many amenities it brings, adds a special touch to our BNA Vision expansion,” said airport CEO Doug Kreulen. “It’s easy to see the appeal for passengers catching an early morning flight, arriving late at night or who simply want the convenience of a hotel room right here at the airport. We think it will be a popular venue for corporate functions and business meetings with unique airport views and sightlines.”

Franklin-based Chartwell Hospitality will erect and operate the building branded by Hilton with 292 rooms including six suites. 

A rooftop bar and pool will offer airfield views. Other amenities include a bar and music lounge, high-end restaurant, ballroom, meeting and event spaces and fitness center.

A covered pedestrian bridge will connect it to the terminal. 

Construction will begin this fall with Corgan leading the design work. 

“We are excited to deliver this modern and luxurious on-airport hotel that is a powerful symbol of the hospitality and global connectivity of BNA,” said Chartwell Hospitality CEO Rob Schaedle. “(It) expresses Nashville’s spirit of creative innovation and dynamic transformation into a world-class city.”

Completed construction on the BNA Vision plan includes a new parking garage, an upgraded International Arrivals Building and added Concourse D.

Security checkpoint expansions will be added to more ticketing and baggage lanes and another new parking garage nearly completed, along with redesigned ride-hailing pickup and dropoff areas. A new pedestrian plaza and administrative building are also nearly complete. 

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Nashville Airport Authority approves on-site hotel, releases design images

A 14-story Hilton will be the first on-site hotel at Nashville International Airport in about three years, the airport authority announced Wednesday.

A hotel has been planned for two years as part of the larger BNA renovation and expansion program underway.

The developer and brand were approved Wednesday morning by the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. It is scheduled to open in late 2023.

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Chartwell will finance the roughly $95 million hotel and the airport will fund an attached $82 million four-level parking garage with bonds. 



diagram, engineering drawing: Nashville airport hotel to open in 2023


© BNA Airport and Chartwell Hospitality
Nashville airport hotel to open in 2023

“This high-end hotel, and the many amenities it brings, adds a special touch to our BNA Vision expansion,” said airport CEO Doug Kreulen. “It’s easy to see the appeal for passengers catching an early morning flight, arriving late at night or who simply want the convenience of a hotel room right here at the airport. We think it will be a popular venue for corporate functions and business meetings with unique airport views and sightlines.”



Nashville airport hotel to open in 2023


© BNA Airport and Chartwell Hospitality
Nashville airport hotel to open in 2023

Related: Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge reopens BNA location after 10 months of renovations

Franklin-based Chartwell Hospitality will erect and operate the building branded by Hilton with 292 rooms including six suites. 

A rooftop bar and pool will offer airfield views. Other amenities include a bar and music lounge, high-end restaurant, ballroom, meeting and event spaces and fitness center.

A covered pedestrian bridge will connect it to the terminal. 

Construction will begin this fall with Corgan leading the design work. 



a group of people in a park: Nashville airport hotel to open in 2023


© BNA Airport and Chartwell Hospitality
Nashville airport hotel to open in 2023

“We are excited to deliver this modern and luxurious on-airport hotel that is a powerful symbol of the hospitality and global connectivity of BNA,” said Chartwell Hospitality CEO Rob Schaedle. “(It) expresses Nashville’s spirit of creative innovation and dynamic transformation into a world-class city.”

Completed construction on the BNA Vision plan includes a new parking garage, an upgraded International Arrivals Building and added Concourse D.

Security checkpoint expansions will be added to more ticketing and baggage lanes and another new parking garage nearly completed, along with redesigned ride-hailing pickup and dropoff areas. A new pedestrian plaza and administrative building are also nearly complete. 

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