$45K grant from sale of Michigan license plate tabs to help fund ADA upgrades at Grand Rapids park

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The lodge at Richmond Park will become the city’s first park shelter that meets Americans with Disabilities Act standards after undergoing an $80,000 renovation.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced Monday, Dec. 15, that Grand Rapids is one of 21 communities getting Recreation Passport grants this year. The money comes from sales of $11 license plate tabs used for motor-vehicle entry to state parks.

richmond parkGrand Rapids is getting a $45,000 state grant to help pay for updates at Richmond Park. MLive.com File

Grand Rapids will get $45,000 for the project at Richmond. The city will cover the rest of the cost, along with a $5,500 contribution from the West Michigan Mountain Bike Association.Restrooms in the 60-year-old Richmond lodge will get remodeled for ADA compliance. A raised threshold at the lodge’s entrance will get removed, as will steps in front of a drinking fountain.

Among other planned changes for the lodge: a warming kitchen, new paint and lighting, repairs to a leaky roof and a walkway connecting the lodge to an adjacent picnic area, parking lot and pond.

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Richmond also is in line for about $162,000 of building repairs funded by a new city parks tax. That money will be spent largely on the park’s pool house.

Richmond is one of three city parks with active swimming pools. Pools are planned for removal at three other Grand Rapids parks: Garfield, Highland and Lincoln parks. Check out the photo gallery above for a look at the new designs for those parks and five others.

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Grand Rapids also sought a Passport grant for tennis courts at Aberdeen Park, but was denied. The DNR awarded $877,500 to 21 Michigan communities. Locally, Wayland is getting $45,000 for city park improvements.

Matt Vande Bunte covers government for MLive/Grand Rapids Press. Email him at mvandebu@mlive.com or follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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