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LANSING, Mich., March 24, 2022 — Today in Lansing, Representative John Cherry voted in support of a FY 2022 budget supplemental, which includes $30.2 million dollars dedicated to the creation of Genesee County’s first state park, located at Chevy Commons in Flint.

“I came to Lansing to make sure that the problems my community faces are addressed. Right now, we are the only county in Michigan without a state recreation land,” said Rep. John Cherry (D-Flint).  “It’s time to give our families the chance to explore the wonders and benefits of Michigan’s state parks right in their own community. I was happy to fight to fund this project and deploy additional dollars to invest in infrastructure throughout our county.”

The new state park is expected to feature boat launches that connect to the Flint River, an amphitheater, and other ways for residents to enjoy the outdoors. Planning is likely to continue throughout 2022. Additional items in the supplemental that will benefit Genesee County include;

  • Funding for a sound wall along I-69 in Flint.
  • Funding for Flint Township road repairs.
  • Funding for a water tower and back-up systems in Genesee County.

The budget supplemental also includes the following statewide funding;

  • $1.25 billion dollars for water infrastructure.
  • $400 million for state and local roads and bridge infrastructure.
  • $250 million to expand broadband infrastructure.
  • $450 million for state and local parks.