Families enjoy the Whirlpool Compass Fountain on Monday afternoon in St. Joseph. A public hearing was held Monday night to consider a grant application for improvements to Whirlpool Centennial Park including shade structures, foot wash stations and dune ecology paths.

ST. JOSEPH — If a grant application is successful, the city of St. Joseph will add amenities at the Whirlpool Centennial Park below the bluff.

Following a public hearing held by Zoom on Monday, the St. Joseph City Commission authorized city staff to submit a grant application to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund for the improvements. The city will request $220,530 from the trust fund and commit to a 50 percent match for the proposed $441,060 project. Greg Grothous, deputy director of parks and grounds, said the DNR’s trust fund grant program requires a minimum 25 percent match, but committing to a 50 percent match will increase the likelihood of being awarded the grant.

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