News Photo by Julie Riddle Children play at Lakeside Park in Rogers City on Thursday night. Rogers City recently received $185,000 in state funding to upgrade the park, and work is planned for the clubhouse, restrooms and playground.

ALPENA — Three parks in northeast Michigan will undergo upgrades after Michigan allocated $535,000 to help fund the renovations.

On Wednesday, the state announced that Rogers City and Alpena would receive grants, while the Michigan Department of Natural Resources pledged to pay for a project at one of its state parks in Alcona County.

The funding was announced in December, but became official earlier this week.

Funded projects include:

∫ Alpena will receive $300,000 for the construction of new restrooms and a pavilion at Bay View Park. Officials say the installation is badly needed, especially during big events like the Michigan Brown Trout Festival and band shell concerts.

The small bathroom building which was opposite the harbor and park was closed down several years ago because it was in poor condition. The overall cost of the project could be around $900,000, and the city has committed $600,000 to the project.

∫ Rogers City is set to receive $185,000 to update popular Lakeside Park on Lake Huron. Major work is planned for the clubhouse and restrooms, as well as the playground, which City Manager Joe Hefele said in February is considered a safety hazard. He also said that current bathrooms do not meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

∫ The $50,000 allocated to Harrisville State Park will be used to replace a walkway that provides a pedestrian connection between the modern campground and the day-use beach. The bridge is over 20 years old and the abutments are failing due to erosion. The new bridge will provide an accessible route from the campground to the beach.

Alpena City engineer Steve Shultz said the new bathroom at Bay View Park will fill an important need and will be designed in the same way as the modern facilities at Starlite Beach, but will be open year-round. .

“It’s time,” Shultz said. “It’s time to have something downtown. Lots of shops have toilets, but they are not public toilets… It’s something we wanted to do, and it’s good that we got the money from the state to help us pay.

Town of Rogers Mayor Scott McLennan said Lakeside Park is an important place for area events and for people to gather and the state grant will help make it even safer and more enjoyable. .

“Lakeside Park is a main focal point for many community activities, as well as visitors, a beautiful park that will be made even better by the improvements made possible by this grant, as well as local support,” he said. declared. “The pavilion will undergo a complete overhaul, including modernization of the restrooms, making them handicapped accessible and available year-round. The park will see the addition of an updated play area with many new equipment to replace elements that are up to 60 years old.

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