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Grant to assist City of Wyoming Ideal Park with tornado damage repairs and upgrades

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources

The City of Wyoming is receiving state grant dollars to help with improvements at a city park damaged by the 2014 tornado. Wyoming’s Ideal Park was hard hit by a tornado tracking through the area in 2014.

The park lost 90 percent of its mature trees and playground and a shelter were also heavily damaged.

The Grant to Help Ideal Park through the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund is providing $300,000 to replace the trees and replace damaged structures.

The money will be added to dollars already budgeted to phase one of Ideal Park’s capital improvement. Now at $808,000 the City of Wyoming says it will add a new parking area and light all parking areas, add a new connector path and footpath trail, basketball court, trailhead signage and open a play area with irrigation along with a new creek overlook.

More enhancements are on the way for Wyoming’s entire parks and recreation system with roughly $20 million in essential capital improvements identified over the next five years.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.