GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Land Conservancy of West Michigan says the future of the former Highlands golf course is secure.

Blandford Nature Center bought the 121-acre site in January 2017 and wants to transform the site into an accessible urban refuge.

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The property was acquired with a loan from The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit organization that helps local communities achieve their conservation goals. 

The Land Conservancy raised the $5 million, which included funding the master plan for Phase Two. Finishing this campaign opens the doors for phase two to take off, which will include building a pavilion, installing trails, adding wetlands and wildlife habitat, and opening a stream that was buried under the east end of the property.


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