Yesterday Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that the City of Portage would be receiving a $500,000 grant to support improvements to Lexington Green Park. This project was among 13 community parks, trails, and sports facilities, as well as a state lock and dam to receive a combined $7,477,100 in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants.
A recent City of Portage Capital Improvement Program resident survey identified Lexington Green Park as an area to improve. Renovation of the park’s aging infrastructure will promote community amongst residents while at the same time creating a destination park for walkers and cyclists. Planned improvements to the park include a new pavilion with restrooms, a playground, a parking area, repaving of the walking trail, the addition of lighting for improved security, and landscape enhancements.
When announcing the grant award winners Governor Whitmer stated that the "The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a shining example of what’s possible when federal, state, and local government partners come together to deliver real benefits for Michigan residents and visitors.” DNR Director Dan Eichinger was quoted as stating, “Access to the outdoors is vital to the quality of life for everyone who lives here or visits here. The Land and Water Conservation Fund, in addition to other important grant programs, broadens that access in meaningful ways, whether through expanded hiking trails, increased public water access, or better amenities like restroom renovations and welcoming pavilions at local parks. These grants are integral to connecting more people to our state’s uniquely Michigan outdoor experiences.”
Improvements to Lexington Green Park are planned to begin in the fall of 2023. Lexington Green Park is located in the northeast section of the City of Portage and is one of the oldest parks in the system. Current amenities include baseball/softball, basketball, a bicycle skills course, picnic shelters, tennis/pickleball courts, and a walking trail.