Emmons applauds Harrison for earning grant for downtown park project

Sen. Judy Emmons

Sen. Judy Emmons

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Judy Emmons on Friday congratulated the city of Harrison for earning a state grant to enhance its downtown area.

The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) has approved a $281,800 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for infrastructure improvements needed for the Downtown Square Park project.

“Helping revitalize our downtowns is about helping communities attract new jobs and economic opportunities,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “This is great news for the people of Harrison, and I applaud the local leaders for their hard work to make this project a reality. The addition of the downtown park will help Harrison bring new visitors to the downtown area and stimulate private investment and economic growth.”

The city plans to construct a town square park in the downtown that will consist of many outdoor recreational and seasonable activities for all ages, including a band shell, sitting area for entertainment events, a splash pad for summer, and an ice rink for winter.

The city of Harrison will contribute $236,875 toward the project.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, on behalf of the MSF, administers the CDBG program, which utilizes funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Each year, Michigan receives approximately $30 million in federal CDBG funds for various projects throughout the state.