- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - The city of Saginaw has added a new amenity - a boulder-climbing area - to its Frank N. Andersen Celebration Park.

The project, which also included the addition of a paved walking and biking trail, was funded in part by a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant, according to The Saginaw News ( https://bit.ly/1OgYK6j ).

The boulder-climbing area, connected to the existing playground, consists of a group of small, concrete “boulders” covered in footholds.

Saginaw Public Services Director Phil Karwat said the city was fortunate to receive the grant funding to help make the project a reality.

“Everyone worked really hard on this project,” Karwat said. “It was good to see how much the kids have really enjoyed the boulder-climbing park this summer. The enhancements to the pathways with the new benches have been a welcome addition to the park also.”

The new path built as part of the project connects the playground area to the Garber Tennis Courts and includes a crosswalk, which connects the new park trail to the existing Saginaw Riverwalk trail system.

The total cost of the project, cited in a presentation to City Council, was $114,884. The work was completed by Saginaw-based contractor Wobig Construction Co.

In addition to the playground, the four-acre Celebration Park is home to Saginaw’s Splash Park and Skate Park, a picnic area with pavilion and walking paths.

Saginaw’s project was part of more than $23.3 million released by the Natural Resources Trust Fund for 76 projects statewide in March 2013.

Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund is funded through royalties and sales of state-owned mineral rights, set up by an amendment to the state constitution approved by voter initiative in 1984.

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Information from: The Saginaw News, https://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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