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The Michigan Economic Development Corporation recently awarded the City of Taylor nearly $100,000 in special grant funding, which will be aimed at improvements in Heritage Park.
The grant was approved by the State Legislature for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2016, according to State Rep. Erika Geiss. City staff preparing start the grant award paperwork, which will include specifics on how the funds will be used. The funds are granted through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation using criteria determined by the legislative leadership and the state budget director. These requirements include a purpose for the grant funds, a budget of the grant funds and performance metrics that will be collected when using the grant funds.
"We're very happy to receive the funding, and we will be putting it to good use in Heritage Park," Mayor Rick Sollars said. "We're working on specifics, and will announced those at a later date."
The City has been busy improving the park over the past two years. Included in the renovations have been the remodeling of the Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion; addition of an inline hockey rink; creation of the Lamarand Splash Field; the resurfacing of all parking lots and walking paths; renovations of the Coan Lake dock and bridge; the installation of a quarter-million-dollar new seawall around Coan Lake; and new trees and landscaping.
In addition, Taylor Police are not partnering with Wayne County Community College District Campus Police to patrol Heritage Park, as part of a brand new agreement between the two organizations created by WCCCD Chancellor Dr. Curtis Ivery, WCCCD Downriver Anthony Arminiak and Mayor Rick Sollars. All share a vision to create a "Cultural Corridor" around Heritage Park, including not only the campus and the City of Taylor, but key organizations that share active concerns in the area.