State approves funding for new ‘Imagination Station’ - WNEM TV 5

State approves funding for new ‘Imagination Station’

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The state has paved the way for work to begin on a new playground in Bay City.

On Monday, Gov. Rick Snyder approved $49.9 million in spending to boost public recreation statewide.

The money comes from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. It will help more than 100 projects around the state, including Bigelow Park on the north end of Middlegrounds Island.

According to the state, $300,000 will be used to help build an accessible play area with “both natural and manufactured play areas.”  It will be designed for children up to 12 years old. Additional funding will come from the city and other sources.

The new area will be called Riverview Discovery Island Playground.  It’s a replacement for the Imagination Station in Veterans Memorial Park, which was torn down in 2015 due in part to concerns about contaminated soil.

Bay City previously expected construction on the new park to begin in the spring of 2018.  Those plans were put on hold while the project awaited state funding. In an email to WNEM in May, Interim Parks & Sanitation Manager Tim Botzau stated, “...the projected start date is now sometime in the fall of 2018. Once the grant funding is in place, the project will go out to bid shortly after.”

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