With their family home in Brighton, Brenden and his family would frequently take Jakey to Kensington Metropark to enjoy the trails and nature in the park. Brenden and Courtney determined that an accessible swing-set at Kensington Metropark, would provide many benefits to the community, while celebrating the life of Brenden’s brother. Working with the Metroparks Foundation, a location was selected within the park and a plan formulated to raise funds for the swings. Together, Brenden and Courtney organized a "Jogging for Jakey" 5K Run/Walk at Kensington, raising over $3,700 towards the swings. Several local organizations participated in the event through sponsorships and by contributing prizes.
We are excited to announce the concept design of the Shelden Trails Development Project was approved at the December 13th Board of Commissioner meeting.
Presented by Jeremy Wimpey of Applied Trails Research, the proposed concept design was based on a comprehensive assessment of the current trail system along with input from stakeholder partners as well as public comment.
To help reduce costs, we will be taking a hybrid approach in the construction of the trail system: in tandem with a professional contractor, we will utilize skilled volunteer and staff leadership to lead volunteers to help build the trails as well as with the restoration of the natural areas.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Ralph C. Wilson Jr Legacy Funds of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan for the grant support for the design phase of this project.
To view the Shelden Trails Development Project concept design, please click here
We anticipate having more specific project implementation timeline by early March. At this time, we also hope to identify volunteer workdays as well as training days for crew leaders. Based on funding raised, construction of the trail may be phased. As a community-based grassroots fundraising effort, we have been hitting the ground running meeting with a variety of different organizations, corporations, and individuals to meet our fundraising goals.
With that, you know we have to ask…
We need your help! Support the Shelden Trails project!
We are at about a quarter of the way towards our fundraising goal. Please consider making a financial gift to support the trail renovation.
100% of your donation will go towards the building of the trails!
To make a tax-deductible contribution – please click here
Thank you for your continued support of the Shelden Trails Development Project!