Parks Millage

2022 APPLICATION PACKET NOT YET AVAILABLE (please check back in September)

click here to see a listing by year of all appropriation recipients

As of the close of the 2021 round, your tax dollars have been appropriated to fund OVER 80 projects throughout the county!  This has resulted in dozens of new or improved recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. 

The Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners encourages everyone to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of our region, and providing funding to create new, or improve, our recreational resources is a key step.  This program was designed to be "two fold", not only are we encouraging preservation of our natural resources, but we are also promoting health and fitness through opportunities for our residents as well.

Please make the most of your tax dollars by visiting and enjoying numerous projects that have been funded through these appropriations, AND, if you have any ideas for more projects you would like to see in your area, please go to your local municipal board.


What the "Work Group" does...
The purpose of this work group is to act in an advisory capacity to the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners, under the guidance of county staff.  It's specific task is to review, evaluate and make recommendations as to the appropriation of funds from the Parks Millage based upon applications as presented from the various Charlevoix County municipalities.
One of the primary goals of the Group is to insure funding is applied throughout the county as a whole, when appropriate and applicable.  It is preferential to award several smaller funding projects throughout the county, as opposed to a single, large project that would primarily serve a single area. 

Due to the nature of every project being unique to itself, there is no way to compile an accurate list of always "applicable / not applicable" items.  An item may have multiple purposes that would apply in some instances and not apply in others.  The Work Group determines, based on the explanations, clarity and completeness of your application, how your particular request falls into various classifications and categories used to score and recommend projects.

What You Need to Know...  
The information provided on this page is not to be considered "all inclusive or exclusive", as it is only one resource of the process.  Attending the Municipality Information Sessions in the fall provides great information.  The application packet contains full details for applying; however, some facts to note and a few of the guidelines used in consideration for recommendation are:

  • These funds are NOT grant monies, nor are they loans. They are an appropriation of funds, collected through a voter approved millage.  You will not be required to provide a "match", or pay back funds.
  • You MUST complete our application.  Printed application may be handwritten, typed or completed as a fillable pdf.  Please do not create your own, reuse another, or submit anything other than the application found on this webpage, or provided to you by Charlevoix County administration.
  • Please do not submit documentation addressed to other parties, such as submissions you used previously still showing another entity as the recipient, quotes and itemizations for your project addressed to someone other than you or your municipality, or any similar circumstance. 
  • ONLY Charlevoix County townships, villages, and cities may apply for millage funds - ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS. Applications cannot be accepted containing other entities, even "in conjunction with".  Projects must also be applied for, overseen and directed by the municipality ONLY, not another entity, party or representative.
  • All projects must be made available for use by the general public, which shall include all Charlevoix County residents and visitors alike, as they have funded these projects through the millage.
  • All project applications should show a physical and specific purpose as to the "direct recreational benefit of Charlevoix County residents".  Indirect recreational benefit applications may be submitted but will not be scored as high, and will not be recommended as readily if at all, as those showing direct benefit.  The fact alone that it is for a recreational facility, or that the facility is in need of the request, does not in and of itself show direct benefit. 
  • FUNDS WILL NOT BE APPROPRIATED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, OPERATIONAL, OR MAINTENANCE PURPOSES, NOR FOR ACQUISITION OF LAND.  As each application is unique, this classification of purpose will be determined by the work group on a case-by-case basis.  There is no list of approvable or non-approvable items or services, as what is not applicable in one circumstance may be approved under a different use or purpose in another, "case-by-case".
  • Appropriations will not be approved prior to bidding and/or receipt of quotes, as they are required documentation for the process.  Approvals are based on submitted application criteria, in which the specific costs and vendors are provided and reviewed for consideration of funds. Funds will be reimbursed up to the approved amount, but not in excess of the actual costs of each item or service. Additionally, you may not change vendors, items, or service without unusual circumstance beyond your control, which must be approved by the county. 
  • Each municipality may submit MULTIPLE applications each year/round.
  • Each project can receive a maximum of $10,000 in appropriations. All requests for appropriations at a single location will be a considered a single project. Alternately, appropriation requests at multiple locations are to be requested as separate “projects”. IE: requesting picnic tables, a boat launch and play equipment at a single park cannot be requested as three separate projects. However, requesting picnic tables/fire rings at three separate municipal locations shouldn't be bulked together as one project.  They can be requested individually, because each location may receive different responses and or approval based on their own merits.
  • It is SOLELY your responsibility to use the checklist included in the application packet to verify that you have, in fact, submitted a complete application.  You will not be notified of errors and incompletions, as you are provided with the information necessary to submit a complete package.  Your package may be rejected if it is not properly signed, does not include all required documentations, or does not have necessities such as the itemizations and resolutions.
  • If there is a discrepancy between your application request and the resolution, the resolution will prevail.
  • Resolution MUST contain the dollar amount being requested
  • Funds are NOT awarded based on municipal size, taxbase, population or dollar match.  
  • You will not receive funding for the same project multiple times.
  • Eligible projects must be scheduled to start within the calendar year of application.
  • You cannot receive funding for ANY project, work, or portion thereof that has been ordered, invoiced, started, completed or was already in process PRIOR to the application approval by the Board of Commissioners.  (You cannot "get started" with your project in anticipation of final approval by the Board, because you have "heard" your project was being moved to the Board for approval, you will not receive funding for anything done PRIOR to the date and announcement of Board approval.) 
  • Areas of particular interest to the Work Group are the direct recreational benefit it will provide, appropriate choice of location within your municipality for your project, integrity of your design and plans, plans for future expenses of project, municipal need for the project, county-wide need for the project, economic stimulus generated from your project, balance of the need for your project in comparison to the expense of it, and collaboration with another municipality. 
  • in order to receive "Collaboration" scoring points, ALL municipalities must be named on the application, provide resolutions and have signatures on the application.  As each project can be appropriated a maximum of $10,000, scoring may be higher when multiple municipalities are working in true collaboration with one another.  Noting neighboring municipalities will use your project, or having only a letter of support, is NOT collaboration and will not receive points as such.  
  • All projects MUST be located on munically owned land.  Questions on application directed to ownership would only allow for situations when there is a transfer of ownership in process; such as, the property is being purchased and the closing has not yet taken place but is scheduled, so only temporarily would the property still be in another name.
  • All completed projects must be willing to display a public awareness plaque or plate on site, which is to be provided by the County.  The purpose of this display is to allow the tax payers who have funded these projects the opportunity to see the benefit it provides.
How the Process Works...  

Funds will be awarded once annually, with announcement of recipients being made no later than June 1st of each year. 

Applications must be received no later than February 1st (if the 1st falls on a weekend, the next business day will be accepted as the deadline). 

No application will be considered if deemed incomplete or ineligible by the Work Group.
Eligible applications that are not approved, may be resubmitted at a later cycle, but they will not be "held" by the County.  They will need to re-complete the full submission process to ensure equality to all applicants.

Once eligible applications are received by the stated deadline, they will be reviewed and scored by the Work Group within the first month (Incomplete applications will not be considered OR returned). 

The Work Group will have 30 days from their first meeting to complete their scoring process and come to their final recommendations. 

During the next 30 days, the Work Group's recommendation will be presented to the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners for review, and within the following 30 days final approval will be determined. 

Final decisions for the appropriation of funds are made solely by the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners. 

Charlevoix County staff will not tell you what will be accepted and approved before your application packets are submitted (land acquisitions and outside entity participation are automatically excluded). 

Charlevoix County staff will not tell a municipality what they can "safely move forward" with prior to the final approval from the Board of Commissioners. 

You will be notified only as you have indicated ON YOUR APPLICATION.  The persons, phones, email and physical addresses listed on your application will be the means by which you are contacted by administration.  This includes any possible question regarding your application, your approval or partial approval of the application, as well contract communications.  Please complete this information accurately and completely!  We will NOT be recreating emails and resending contracts to various members of your municipality in upcoming years.  If the person receiving the email as indicated on your application is not responsible and does not follow through with the signatory process of the contracts, it will not be the responsibility of administration to correct it on our end. If your municipality or persons representing it fails to follow through with the contract process "on your end", your appropriations may be forfeited.  CONTRACTS WILL BE EMAILED AS INDICATED ON YOUR APPLICATION ONLY, PLEASE CHOOSE APPROPRIATELY.




 The application may be changed and/or updated annually. PLEASE do not use previous years application for current submissions. 

Submissions must be received between January 1 and 4:00pm on February 1 (if fallen on a weekend, 4:00 on the next business day), either by mail/courier or in person to:
Charlevoix County Parks Millage
c/o: County Administrator
301 State St.
Charlevoix, MI  49720 

(we DO NOT accept submission of application packets sent via fax, email, or any means other than those listed above)

Recipients of Funds

2021 Recipients are:
St. James Township
improvements to Harborview Park including water dispensing unit, solar charging table for devices, baby changing station and more
Peaine Township
improve Font Lake Park with a new playground and picnic area including tables and ADA grills
Peaine Township
adding a community style firepit area at the end of the road for gatherings, message board, bike racks for visitors and campsite grills
East Jordan
creating an improved  Sportsman's Park River Access including a new kayak launch, improved lighting, bathroom renovations, pier upgrades and other improvements as part of a 5 yr plan
Boyne Valley Township adding amenities to the new trailhead area including standard and ADA picnic tables, bike rack, a bench and a bike "fixation" station with attached tools to make repairs while at the site
Evangeline Township would like to add two ADA accessible picnic tables with concrete slabs for secure mountings to Kim Park
Boyne City will add 3 benches along the Boyne Valley Trail in the city limits to allow users to stop and rest more frequently along the corridor
Boyne City expanding Waterworks Park with landscaping, walking loop and connection to the existing non-motorized trail
Boyne City adding a safety extension to the beginning of the Boyne Valley Trail creating a single designated crossing at Lagoon Dr. to allow safe passage from the parking lot area to the start of the trail
Wilson Township will be adding a walkway down to the recreation platform, including a new paved portion
Hayes Township creation of a nature trail at the township hall park, which will include a bench and boardwalk
Hayes Township installation of several colorful interpretive signs with educational and identification information including fish, insects, and wildlife found in the park

2020 Recipients are:

  • Hayes Township, addition of a public playground to the township hall
  • Hayes Township, creation of a greenspace at Camp Seagull
  • Peaine Township, expansion of public access at Lake Geneserath
  • Peaine Township, creating additional campsites at Lake Geneserath, including rings and tables
  • City of Charlevoix, create and install an "Audonbon Society Certified" birding trail consisting of 32 houses
  • Boyne Valley Township, creation of a new trailhead parking area
  • Village of Boyne Falls, parking area improvements for the heavily used horseshoe park
  • Wilson Township, dredging of the channel to allow more boater access to the park and it's amenities from the water
  • Wilson Township, building of a wharf at the mouth of the channel to allow mooring of boats
  • Boyne City/Evangeline Township, creating a new trailhead parking are for the Boyne Forest Trail
  • Boyne City/Evangeline Township, creating a pathway from the trailhead parking area to the Boyne Forest Trail

Recipients were:
  • City of Boyne City, improvements to Avalanche Park inclding signage and bike racks
  • Evangeline Township, Glenwood Beack Park water access stairs that can be installed and removed annually
  • Melrose Township, installation of a concrete "open grid block" system to create a firm surface near the water while still allowing for sand and drainage
  • City of Boyne City, changing out older playground equipment specifically designed for ages 5 and up, with new equipment geared towards age 5 and under
  • Bay Township, adding improvements to the Franklin Street road end which include upgraded parking, signage and bench seating
  • Eveline Township, adding improvements to Bracey Road end including picnic table, bench and bike rack
  • Boyne Valley Township, they will be improving the trailhead at Dam Road Park with the addition of a new patio area and sidewalk
  • Wilson Township, they are extending the use hours of Fall Park by adding lighting to the Pavilion, volleyball court and playground areas
  • Bay Township, adding improvements to the Eagle Island road end which include removable steps, signage and bench seating
  • Eveline Township, improving the Washington Street road end with the addition of a bench, picnic table and bike rack
  • City of East Jordan, the addition of batting cages to the Community Park ballfields
  • City of Charlevoix, the addition of a specially design beach wheelchair to allow handicap access to the sand and water
  • Bay Township, Sherwood Park improvements including refurbishing picnic tables, signage, bench seating and upgraded parking
  • City of Charlevoix, they will be installing beach accessible matting to allow for ADA access to the water across the soft beach surface
  • Peaine Township, will be adding DNR approved fire rings throughout their two campgrounds
  • The City of Charlevoix will be adding multiple adult tricycles, for free use traveling around the downtown area

Recipients were:
  • Charlevoix Township, replace Shanahan Field wood chips with rubber nuggets
  • Boyne Valley Township, ADA accessible improvements to the Dam Road Trailhead
  • Wilson Township, ADA accessible walkways to the Gazebo and fishing area
  • Wilson Township, wind curtains for the pavilion, extending the season of use/comfort
  • Hayes Township, pedestrian walkways for Camp Seagull near the boat launch
  • Hayes Township, a portable pavilion shelter than can placed in various location
  • City of Boyne City, creation of a trailhead at the airport for the Boyne City/Boyne Falls trail
  • City of Boyne City, replace Old City Park playground equipment with pieces that less age specific
  • City of Boyne City,  upgrade Rotary Park playground equipment with pieces geared towards an older age group
  • Evangeline Township, Glenwood Beach Park enhancements including bike rack, ADA table, grill, kayak rack and walkway
  • Evangeline Township, adding a bike rack to Kim Park

2017 Recipients were:
  • South Arm Township & the City of East Jordan, junior boys baseball field to be added at the Community Park
  • City of Boyne City, kayak launch at Veterans Park
  • City of Boyne City, mobi-mat installation at Peninsula Beach
  • Hayes Township, installation of two stall vault restroom at township park
  • Eveline Township, bench and bike rack on east landing of ferry
  • Hayes Township, LED lighting at township park boat launch area
  • St. James Township, ADA additions of portable restroom, grills & fire rings, swim buoys and associated markings at township parks
  • Eveline Township, bike rack on west landing of ferry
  • City of Boyne City, picnic tables, benches, parking and paddling launch at Riverside Park
  • Boyne Valley Township, installation of vault restroom at Dam Road Park
  • Wilson Township, addition of ADA compliant picnic tables at Fall Park
  • Eveline Township, picnic tables, benches and bike rack at township hall
  • Village of Boyne Falls, installation of commercial playground equipment at township park

2016 Recipients were:

  • Peaine Township, waterways trail
  • Village of Boyne Falls, new playground equipment for village park
  • City of Boyne City, Veterans Park pavilion project
  • Boyne Valley Township, update basketball courts/create skate rink
  • City of Charlevoix, recreational way-finding signage
  • City of East Jordan, Movies-in-the-Park
  • Hayes Township, ADA accessible picnic tables at township park (formerly Camp Seagull)
  • City of East Jordan, Community Park accessibility improvement
  • Bay Township, Sumner Rd road end dock improvement
  • Evangeline Township, handicap accessible play equipment
  • Bay Township, Lake St. road end dock improvement
  • Wilson Township, Fall Park ADA parking improvement

2015 Recipients were:
  • Village of Boyne Falls, purchase of various items to improve Village Park
  • City of East Jordan, playground equipment for ages 2-5 at Watson Field
  • City of Charlevoix, replace Michigan Beach playground equipment
  • City of Boyne City, portion of Veterans Park Pavillion project
  • Melrose Township, addition of Pickleball and Basketball courts in Walloon
  • Wilson Township, improvements to Fall Park Hayes Township, portion of boat launch at township park (formerly Camp Seagull)
Actual announcement date(s) will always be dependent upon the actual scheduled meeting dates of the Board of Commissioners.
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Contact Us

For questions, or more information, please contact 
the county Administration office:
Applications may be 
DROPPED OFF in person:
MAIN FLOOR - Charlevoix County Building
County Administrator's Office
301 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720
application packets may be submitted via MAIL or COURIER to:
Charlevoix County Parks Millage
c/o: County Administrator
301 State Street
Charlevoix, MI  49720
for more information: