This is the next step in a bold, community-driven plan to provide recreational opportunities and universal access to nature in Acme Township. The Conservancy is actively working to raise local matching funds so the township can receive a $300,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant for the township’s Bayside Park.

Between 2007-2013, GTRLC and the township partnered to plan, fund and implement a shoreline reclamation and public access project of statewide significance. More than 20 structures were removed, resulting in nearly six acres of land and 1,300 feet of shoreline on East Grand Traverse Bay being added to the existing Bayside Park and opened to the public in perpetuity.

Current plans call for improvements to the park, including new gardens, parking lots, updated restrooms, a playground, beach enhancements and much more. These elements will be designed for universal access, ensuring that people of all ages and abilities will be able to enjoy the park. Another exciting element is a TART trail connector, which will ultimately connect this park to the leg of trail that extends from Traverse City to Charlevoix. These improvements will further investments made by foundations and community members in previous phases of the project and will serve to make this park a true community asset.

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