DNR grants thousands statewide to parks

Park visitors in Charlevoix, Clare and Roscommon Counties may be seeing some changes to playgrounds next year.

DNR officials said they’re awarding grants to improve playground accessibility for children with disabilities.

Christie Bayus is the Recreation Passport Program Manager with the DNR.

She said some of the playgrounds are in the sand, which is difficult for people in wheelchairs.

“It would be very difficult for them to access that type of equipment. So that equipment is being removed and they are placing new playground equipment in the existing park with access paths to that. So someone could go and access that play equipment,” Bayus said.

Bayus said the projects focus on replacing outdated or broken infrastructure and making parks more accessible to visitors.

The DNR is awarding nearly $900,000 in total to parks around the state.