Members of the Racine Common Council will consider accepting a $35,000 grant so restoration work can continue at Samuel Myers Park.

Available through the state Coastal Management Program that focuses on preserving Wisconsin’s coasts on the Great Lakes, the money will be used to finish a walking trail and plant some 23,000 native plants to keep erosion at bay, a story in The Journal Times reads.

“We’ve taken it from an area that was pretty much unusable as far as recreational activities,” Public Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox told the newspaper. “We’ve turned it into a migratory park for bird and animal species, along with a gazebo so that people can have a picnic and walk down and around.”

Samuel Myers Park is located just south of the Gateway Technical College off of 11th Street. The city started working in 2012 to restore the park, and all of the work there has been funded by a variety of state and federal grants, the story continues.

Bowersox credits Health Department Laboratory Director Julie Kinzelman for making it all happen by writing for the grants that have paid for the work there.

“Most of the grants we receive are marginal, meaning they’re under $50,000, and she’s raised over $700,000,” Bowersox is quoted as saying.

Kinzelman’s goal is $1 million for the project, Bowersox added.

The grant is a matching grant, requiring the city to put up $56,067, which will come from other grants Kinzelman has obtained.

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