Placemaking Mini-Grant Program Awards
The Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development (CUPPAD) Regional Commission once agin awarded several grant applications as part of a competitive mini-grant program to assist local governments and nonprofit organizations in the CUPPAD region to initiate or improve placemaking principles in their local communities. The Prosperous Places Mini Grant Program, in its second year, is working to improve local efforts to enhance downtowns, parks, neighborhoods, plazas, or any public gathering space can greatly impact a community’s sense of place. In these two years, 33 grants have been awarded. The Prosperous Places Mini-Grant Program aims to build a thriving future for Central Upper Peninsula communities by creating places where people want to live, work, and play.
The following is a list of this year’s awarded projects to be completed before June 30, 2018 that were given careful consideration for how projects demonstrate accessibility to the whole community, demonstrate local support, show greatest need for assistance, and will lead to dramatic and sustainable results.
Alger County Chamber of Commerce- New Welcome and Entrance signage for the gateways into downtown Munising
Bay de Noc Community College- Phase 2 of the college’s pedestrian trailway extension and connections at Danforth and 30th Street
Breitung Township- To increase awareness of Quinnesec’s park, wayfinding signage will help answer the question for residents and visitors, “Where’s the Park in Quinnesec?”
Channing Area Beautification Committee- A vacant lot with high visibility will be transformed into a community asset with beautification approaches and little library
Dickinson County-Dickinson County which manages Lake Antoine Park, will install a Tot Lot at the park as a new amenity for children and part of their overall redevelopment plan for this community asset.
Ely Township- Ely Park in close proximity to Ely Township Hall will be renovated and revitalized by employing place making principles.
City of Escanaba- Pedestrian friendly interventions will be employed in several locations to assist with walkability around Willow Creek Rd to Ludington and Lake Shore Drive.
Garden Recreation Committee- A park in Garden Township will be renovated and revitalized by employing place making principles and enhancing it as a recreational and community gathering area for all ages.
City of Gladstone- In conjunction with the city’s “Tree City USA” distinction, the urban forest that has been decimated by invasive species will be replaced and replenished as will residents be educated about the importance of trees as a public good.
Iron Ore Recreation Authority- New place making initiatives will be integrated along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Marquette County including an artist-inspired reflection and relaxation area.
Ishpeming Beautification Committee- Multiple public gardens in the Ishpeming community will be designed, created, and maintained for the enjoyment of community members.
Menominee Downtown Development Authority- The Menominee Downtown Development Authority will continue its second phase of enhancing the sense of place in its historical waterfront district through wayfinding signage and banners.
Munising Downtown Development Authority- A vacant, but visible and highly prominent alley in Munising’s downtown will be enhanced with place making to help it become a visually appealing addition for pedestrians to move through downtown.
Powers-Spalding- The volunteer beautification committee will enhance the entrances into the community through beautification efforts.
Rapid River Business Association- A new community gathering / picnic spot will be created along the waterfront.
Rock River Township- Centennial Park in Chatham will become more of a community asset with new amenities for all age groups.
Below is a list of awarded projects from 2016 as examples of supported projects that are to be completed by June 30, 2017.
Bay Community College- Funds will be used to install Phase 1 of a multi-phase community pathway project. Phase 1 involves installing a pedestrian pathway that connects the city of Escanba’s North 30th bike path to an existing nature trail that surrounds the City’s soccer fields.
City of Gladstone- Along Delta Avenue, a main corridor through Gladstone’s downtown, streetscape improvements will be made including the addition of wayfinding signs, bicycle storage racks, and benches.
City of Ishpeming- Placemaking funds will be used in conjuction with a larger remodeling project for the United States National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. Project items include public art, bike/ski racks, decorative banners, unique seating, children’s play area, and a walkway to the facility.
City of Manistique- Triangle Park, a focal point of downtown Manistique, will undergo placemaking enhancements that include the replacement of diseased trees, installation of trash containers and benches as well as additional landscaping.
Dickinson County- Lake Antoine Park offers locals many activities but park revitalization is a demonstrated community need. Included in the project scope is the renovation of the concession stand and addition of a basketball court to the park.
Felch Township– Placemaking funds will be used to create a farmer’s market gathering area that neighbors the existing township hall. Included in this space, will be a green space with a gazebo.
Friends of the Braumart- The Historic Braumart Theater, located in downtown Iron Mountain, will have curb appeal improvements including sidewalk enhancements, planting of a tree, and addition of a custom-painted public bench.
Iron Mountain DDA- The Power of Words Project Mural will bring the power of words to life by using the tranformative influence of art through a community-based, creative, humanitarian mural project to be located in downtown Iron Mountain.
Maple Ridge Township- West Side Park, located in Rock and home to many community events, will have improvements that include the addition of benches, a foundation to an existing gabezo, and landscaping.
Menominee DDA- Placemaking funds will provide wayfinding signage in Menominee’s Historic Waterfront District. The signage will increase attendance at local festivals and events, and make them more viable and sustainable.
Michigamme Township DDA- Funds will provide a resting place, including a small gazebo and foundation, at the Pocket Park in Michigamme Township, where visitors can meet while enjoying this view of Lake Michigamme.
Munising Downtown Development Authority- Funds will be used for banners designed through the Munising DDA Downtown Banner Design Contest to be displayed in downtown Munising.
Nahma Music Festival- Placemaking funds will be used to repair antique lumber carts located in the center of Nahma’s Main Street Boulevard area and have them planted with flowers.
Negaunee Township Community Center Board- The illumination project will be along the existing 1.3 mile loop of the greater 6.5 mile Community Center Trail Network. This project will increase access to the trail network significantly and in doing so increase the utilization of the Community Center as a whole.
Powers-Spalding Beautification Committee- Funds will be used to transform an otherwise drab highway intersection into an attraction that enhances community appeal. The project scope includes the planting of flowers along two major highways in the center of town.
Schoolcraft County Chamber of Commerce- The Haywire Grade Signing Project includes the installation of mile marker signs and information kiosks highlighting historical railroad and logging information unique to the area.
St. Vincent de Paul- The St. Vincent de Paul Alley Beautification project, located in the City of Manistique, will focus on transforming a well travelled alleyway into vibrant community gathering space.