We'll take a glimpse of summer whenever we can get it.

The City of Greenville is set to receive over $150,000 for the development of a park with a splash pad and a separate park with tennis, pickleball, skateboarding and more.

Greenville has been awarded grants from two different programs which will help to bring new recreation opportunities to Greenville.

Last week, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that 22 communities will share $1,468,900 in Recreation Passport grants. Funding comes from sales of Michigan's Recreation Passport, the $11 annual pass that gives residents vehicle entry at state parks, recreation areas and boating access sites. The money from these grants is used to help communities complete outdoor recreation renovations and improvements. 73 grant applications sought $4.8 million in funding.

The City of Greenville will receive $75,000 to develop and re-purpose an underutilized court area into a surface that could include a single tennis court and/or two pickleball courts as well as a skateboard and bike activity area.

The Michigan DNR also announced their recommendations for $2,784,800 in Land and Water Conservation Fund grants. This is a federal program which helps villages, cities, townships, counties and the DNR provide broader access to public outdoor recreation.

The City of Greenville has been recommended to receive a grant worth $76,800 to create the Greenville Tower Riverside Park Splash Pad. The money would be used to make a splash pad activity area, plus seating and pathways to access it from.

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