Baraga County awarded grant for Point Abbaye Park

The Baraga County Board was awarded $15,000.00 from the Portage Health Foundation Community Wellness and Outdoor Recreation Fund grant from the Keweenaw Community Foundation. The grant is for Phase 1 of the Point Abbaye Park Improvement Plan.

Point Abbaye Park is located in the northern most area of Baraga County on a peninsula that extends into Lake Superior in a north-easterly direction. Surrounded by pristine Lake Superior waters on three sides, with Keweenaw Bay on the western side of the peninsula and Huron Bay on the east.

The board agreed to the grant agreements Dec. 11, and Phase 1 is set to begin in June.

According to County Clerk, Wendy J. Goodreau, they have owned the 260 acres of Abbaye Park “since the late 70s or 80s.”

Seven years ago they received a grant that led to them developing the plan to revise the park.

“In the last few years, we’ve applied for a grant of $45,000,” said Goodreau.

That grant was the Resources Passport Recreation from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and was received earlier this year.

The county will be working with Upper Michigan Engineers & Architects, Inc for the park project.

“UPEA is working on the design right now,” said Goodreau.

The project will consist of a parking lot renovation.

“Build vault toilets, a rustic campsite, further trail development, picnic areas and an ADA compliant site,” said Goodreau.

The project is expected to be completed in August.

“The park will be accessible during construction, but with limited access,” she said.

The preliminary budget for the plan was adopted in 2011. Goodreau says the estimated cost was $200,800.

“It’s outdated and has to be reevaluated,” she said.

She’s certain that the budget has increased.