Grand Ledge has secured a $42,000 state grant to help pay for a significant expansion of Oak Park, home to the city's namesake sandstone quartz ledges that tower 50 feet over the Grand River.

Grand Ledge is among 70 applicants receiving a total of $28 million for outdoor recreation efforts from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.

The money will help fund the purchase of three and a half acres of undeveloped property adjacent to the west side of Oak Park, nearly doubling the size of the park.  It will expand the five and a half acre park to nearly nine acres, and boost its river frontage by over 400 feet.  The Lansing State Journal has the story.