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Local parks and rec centers win big in 2024 Michigan budget

Four projects get earmarks totaling $4.25 million

Four local parks and recreation centers in Michigan will share a total of $4.25 million in earmarks in the state’s 2024 budget.

These earmarks are one-time grants, often negotiated by a lawmaker in the affected district.

Warren Parks and Recreation will receive $1.5 million. It is a government division of the city of Warren, funded by local taxes. It is unknown how the state money will be spent. The city offered no response to an email seeking comment.

The Farwell Recreation Center is located in Detroit and is part of the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department. It will receive $2 million in taxpayer funds for renovations. The city of Detroit is approved for another $4 million for center renovations, including a new gymnasium, lockers and a walking path, according to the city website.

The Ferndale Recreation Center in Oakland County is set to receive $500,000 from state taxpayers. Sen. Mallory McMorrow and Rep. Helena Scott represent the district. They provided the city with a large physical check, similar to what lottery winners receive. The money will go toward a new recreation center.

The Village of Brooklyn Park in Saint Clair will receive $250,000 for playground renovations. They city did not respond to an email request for more information.

Michigan Capitol Confidential is the news source produced by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Michigan Capitol Confidential reports with a free-market news perspective.