2021 : Chevy Commons State Park in Flint Announced

July 14, 2021 all-day

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday announced plans to create a new $26.2 million  state park in the city of Flint using federal COVID-19 relief dollars.

The governor said this would be the first state park in Genesee County, the only county in Michigan without land that is managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). It would become Michigan’s 104th state park. The timing for the project has not been set.

The investment would be drawn from $250 million in funding previously proposed by Whitmer to address a backlog of needs in state parks and trails across Michigan. The Legislature must sign off on the spending. The DNR will look to leverage the Flint River Restoration Plan and collaborate with the local community to develop the park and to seek other funding.

She made the announcement at Chevy Commons, a former industrial site in Flint currently owned by Genesee County that would serve as the center for the new outdoor recreation space. Whitmer was joined by U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley and others.

The park would be anchored at Chevy Commons and expanded along the Flint River corridor to connect the park to the University of Michigan-Flint, Kettering University, the Flint Farmers’ Market, the Flint Cultural Center Campus and the Iron Belle Trail. The park could include non-motorized trails, playscapes, accessible open spaces, fishing platforms and canoe and kayak launches into the Flint River.

Source: Susan J. Demas, “Whitmer announces plans for Flint state park, 1st in Genesee Co.“, Michigan Advance, July 14, 2021.