City to seek state grant for Tourist Park project

MARQUETTE – The city of Marquette will submit a Michigan Recreation Passport grant application for improvements to Tourist Park.

The Marquette City Commission at this week’s meeting authorized the grant submission for the construction of shower house additions that will be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The total estimated cost of the project is $60,000. The city is requesting $45,000 from the Michigan Recreation Passport Grant program to help defray 75 percent of the project cost at.

The Marquette City Commission has made a financial commitment to the project with 25 percent in matching funds, or $15,000, through either labor or money.

“I think it’s a good opportunity,” Commissioner Don Ryan said. “I think we’ve identified a lot of things we want to do at Tourist Park.”

Commissioner Dave Campana agreed, saying “I think it will make Tourist Park a nicer place.”

The city’s Five-Year Recreation Master Plan lists the building of family pods at the Tourist Park campground as a top priority.

Michigan residents can participate in the Recreation Passport program by paying an extra $11 ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing their license registration through the Secretary of State. Motorists then gain access to state parks, state forest campgrounds, recreation areas, state boat launches and non-motorized state trailhead parking. The funds collected help support outdoor recreation opportunities

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is