Bridgman getting grant for Weko Beach campground work


The city of Bridgman is receiving a $150,000 state grant to renovate the restrooms at the Weko Beach campground.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer this week announced $1.9 million in Recreation Passport grants for projects throughout the state. Bridgman Recreation Director Sara Ball tells us the current restroom building at the east campground is in need of an update.

“From my records, it was built back in the 60s,” Ball said. “It had a few remodels throughout the years such as tiles in the showers and ongoing maintenance with plumbing and things like that, but it’s long overdue for a facelift. It’s pretty outdated, and we’re trying to steer toward being more ADA compliant.”

With state approval for the grant, we asked what happens next.

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“Typically from my experience working with the state and how grants operate, it could be anywhere from a one to two year project.”

Ball says the grant is a match, so the city will have to contribute another $150,000 to the project.

Recreation Passport grants are funded from 10% of state Recreation Passport revenues, with the remaining funds supporting operations, infrastructure, and cultural assets in the state parks and recreation system.

Also receiving a Recreation Passport grant is Watson Township in Allegan County. It’s getting $150,000 to for development at Seven Generations Park.