91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit 104.1 Grand Rapids 91.3 Port Huron 89.7 Lansing 91.1 Flint
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Michigan's next state park to have a link to Flint's auto manufacturing past

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

An old industrial site in Flint has been chosen to become Michigan’s next state park.

The Whitmer administration wants to spend more than $26 million in federal COVID relief funds to turn the former “Chevy in the Hole” site into Michigan’s 104th state park.

Since 2015, the site has beentransformedfrom a barren stretch of concrete into a city park. The project involved piling tons of topsoil on top of the brownfield left behind by the former auto assembly plant.   

Ron Olson is the chief of the Parks and Recreation Division for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He said the plan includes the Flint River.

“Right now there’s a concept. And it’s a vision,” said Olson. “And there’s been a lot of ideas that have been suggested.” 

Olson says the DNR has experience maintaining state parks that are linked to Michigan’s industrial past.  

The new park would be the state's 104th. 

Genesee County is the only county in Michigan without a state park.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
Related Content