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The City of Negaunee, Mich., has applied for a $3.683 million dollar grant with the U.S. Economic Development Administration for the construction of a campground and ORV/snowmobile trailhead, the city announced in a Monday (Jan. 31) press release.

A new program offered under the American Rescue Plan Act provides opportunities for communities like Negaunee to apply for grants under the Competitive Outdoor Recreation Tourism Grant program, reported uppermichigansource.com. A grant to help communities and regions devise and implement sustainable economic recovery strategies through a variety of non-construction and construction projects to respond to damage to the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation sectors from the coronavirus pandemic and to promote the economic resilience of regions dependent on those industries.

“As stated during the dedication of the Jim Thomas Pavilion last year. Negaunee will begin to mark a new and aggressive era of investment in the public parks. Negaunee stands at the crossroads of all modes of recreation; from hiking to biking, snowmobiling and ORVing,” City Manager Nate Heffron said.

The campground will be located off of County Road 480, within the city limits of Negaunee. It will sit on roughly 12.1 acres of land and is designed to host 71-sites that will have both electrical and water hookups. Additionally, a campground office, restrooms, showers, and sewer dump station will be constructed.

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