Battle Creek’s Linear Park could be expanding and beautifying soon, depending on how our elected officials vote.

The Battle Creek City Commission will be considering a resolution at their Tuesday meeting that would allow the city manager to request from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources a Recreation Passport Grant of $80,000, with Kellogg Community College and partners to match that at 25%.

The money would go towards developing a “micro-park” on the northwest side of KCC’s property, on the portion of land near the intersection of Roosevelt and North Avenues. According to the Commission's agenda, the project would add new trees, sculptures and more, as well as an extension to the Linear Park Path. The ultimate goal is to provide "an aesthetically pleasing, functional and safe gateway to KCC".

The project wouldn't cost anything to the City of Battle Creek.

If the city approves the resolution March 20, the KCC Board of Trustees must also approve it the next day, before the grant application can be sent to the state. The application is due by April 1.

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