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Secchia gives boost to park system

December 24, 2015
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Millennium Park Triathlon
Millennium Park is home to a variety of events, such as the Millennium Park Triathlon. Photo via

A park system in western Michigan is getting a boost for improvements and expansion efforts.

Kent County recently announced that former U.S. ambassador Peter Secchia pledged an additional $500,000 to Meadows at Millennium Park.

In August, the county's board approved an agreement with the Secchia Family Limited Partnership to finance about $3 million in improvements to the park. Bids came in higher than expected, however.

The county says $200,000 is authorized for the Kent County Parks project from the 2016 budget for capital improvements.

Commissioners also approved the nearly $1.3 million purchase of 170 acres to expand the future Two Rivers Park in Caledonia Township, where the Thornapple and Coldwater rivers meet. The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and several other partners were involved in the purchase.

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