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A Legacy Unfolds

Inaugural grants were awarded from the new Minger Family Endowment Fund, established through a remarkable estate gift from Forest R. Minger, Jr., to enhance and expand recreational opportunities in Manistee County. We were honored to begin fulfilling his wishes through multiple projects including:

  • Improved cross country skiing and winter fat biking conditions at the Big M Trail in the Huron-Manistee National Forest thanks to a new groomer and storage facility via the efforts of the Manistee Cross Country Ski Council and Shoreline Cycling Club;
  • A stunning universally-accessible trailway across the Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, enabling people of all ages and abilities to experience these uniquely special protected lands;
  • Facility improvements to enhance recreation experiences at the Armory Youth Project;
  • New youth basketball and adult flag football programs offered by the Manistee Recreation Association (MRA) as well as support for the MRA’s popular soccer program; and
  • Six new pickleball courts in Manistee Township, made possible through a partnership between the Township and pickleball enthusiasts to help meet growing interest and demand.

We are excited to see the impact of these first projects that Mr. Minger’s incredible gift helped make possible...and even more excited that this is just the beginning!