Advancing Macomb — an organization committed to enhancing local communities by representing employers, business organizations, and higher education institutions throughout the county — has announced it will donate $10,000 to support crowdfunding for the downtown WaterTowns Mount Clemens Riverfront project.
WaterTowns is a water-oriented community development initiative created in 2013 by the Clinton River Watershed Council to connect and enhance public access to the river and nearby Lake St. Clair. The project’s overall goal is to implement 12 local and universally accessible canoe/kayak launches by 2020.
“The Clinton River Watershed Council (and others) have unearthed exciting possibilities for the river. Advancing Macomb supports positive and transformative community, economic and natural resource projects,” says Dave Girodat, Advancing Macomb’s chair. “This paddling launch in downtown Mt. Clemens encompasses all of our principles. We are proud to support this project and grateful for AT&T joining us for this contribution.”
The goal is to raise $60,000 in 60 days to install a new universally accessible kayak and canoe launch at MacAurther Park, due to its proximity to Lake St. Clair. According to the crowdfunding website, $21,805 has already been raised with 22 days remaining in the campaign. If the goal is met, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s Public Spaces Community Places program will match funds up to $50,000.
The project also includes plans to create universally accessible restrooms, kayak storage and lockers, enhanced pedestrian connections to the boardwalk, local art murals, improved parking facilities, and interpretive signage.
Online donations can be made here before January 28, 2017.