Visit Keweenaw awarded $45,000 to 8 different local projects to enhance visitor experiences and community development.
The Destination Development Awards recognize projects every year that utilize the unique characteristics of communities to create the best experiences possible for residents and visitors.
The Ahmeek Village Fire Department received $15,000 towards the renovation and improvement of Gabriel Chopp park in Ahmeek. The project will construct a new bandstand and bathroom facilities.
The Carnegie Museum in Houghton was awarded $8,450 to improve and reinvigorate the “Houghton Geo Walk/Bike Tour” that includes about 30 sites through Houghton. Each spot will have an interpretive sign, and some new boulders will be relocated to Houghton’s Waterfront.
More projects that were funded include:
- Keweenaw Search and Rescue received $5,144 to purchase 8 GPS units for rescue vehicles to help the 40 members of this new search team.
- Trails End Campground in Copper Harbor for the Copper Harbor Trails Club received $5,000 to add features to Orchard Trail.
- The City of Houghton received $4000 to fund a mural artist to make a mural on the parking lot across from The Vault Hotel.
- Painesdale Mine and Shaft received $3,600 to add a large interpretive sign along the trail to add information about the history to help increase visitors.
- The Houghton County Historical Museum in Lake Linden received $3,500 to put up interpretive signs for exhibits, which improved on the current signs both informationally and structurally.
- Keweenaw ATV Club received $240 to buy 24 new collection boxes that will be distributed to various locations and businesses.