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Copper Shores names 2023 Recreation and Facilities Grant Recipients

June 27, 2023 | By Emilie Jacques

Copper Shores Community Health Foundation has awarded four grants to Copper Country institutions in response to its Community Recreation and Facilities Request for Proposals (RFP) that was released in January of 2023. This RFP is specifically addressing Copper Shores’ long-term sustainability goal of healthy living. Community health grants provide support for local activities or opportunities that promote healthy lifestyles which improve the overall health of a community. 

Four organizations were selected as recipients and will use the funding as follows:

Covington Township Tow Rope Replacement | $4,000.00

The Covington Township Ski/Sled Hill is replacing the tow rope that helps move people on the hill. The hill has been used by2023-06-27 CommunityRec&FacilitiesGrant - CongratRecipients-OL-Instagram recreationists for years, allowing community members to be more active in the winter while enjoying the outdoors. The new tow rope will allow residents of Covington Township and the surrounding area to use the hill for years to come.

Swedetown Chalet ADA Improvements | $6,500.00

The Swedetown Chalet serves as a hub for a variety of recreational activities, family get togethers and weekend hangouts year round, but does not meet all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. Calumet Township is using the funding to expand the chalet including meeting ADA compliance requirements by improving the facilities to be more accessible.

Sled Hockey Program by CCISD ELK | $18,992.42

Copper Country Intermediate School District's Equipment Loans of the Keweenaw (ELK) will use the funds to purchase sled hockey equipment and further establish a sled hockey team in the Copper Country. By transitioning from borrowed to owned equipment, more people of varying physical ability will be able to participate in the sport regularly, and others will have the opportunity to learn about adaptive sports.

Improvements to Gabriel Chopp Park in Ahmeek | $20,000.00

Gabriel Chopp Park has been in use as a multipurpose space for decades, but many of its facilities are in need of repairs. The funding from the grant allows the Ahmeek Village Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department to install paved pathways, a new pavilion, grills and more while also improving accessibility and touristic appeal.

To learn more about other granting opportunities through Copper Shoes Community Health Foundation, visit

Emilie Jacques

Emilie Jacques

"I graduated from Michigan Tech with a B.S. in Psychology, a minor in Communication Studies, and a minor in Media Production. I love the outdoors and DnD." You can reach Emilie at