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The Planning and Development department supports the responsible improvements of the Metroparks with the focus of expanding and strengthening the assets within the three main mission pillars of recreation, education, and stewardship of our natural resources.

With staff experienced in the fields of urban/regional planning, landscape architecture, grant writing, and volunteer management, the Planning and Development Department coordinates initiatives, including:

  • Data collection and analysis
  • Property research
  • Park master planning
  • Facility site planning
  • Park system recreation planning
  • Signage updates
  • Garnering grant support from private and public entities
  • Engaging volunteer services from corporations, organizations, and individuals
  • Expanding public engagement and partnerships


The Border-to-Border Trail: Huron River Drive D2 Segment pathway project beginning at the Dexter-Huron Metropark and ending at the intersection of Zeeb Road and Huron River Drive will begin work this month and expected to be completed in late November.

The official project web page can be found on the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) web link below. Project information and latest updates can be found here from the WCRC in partnership with the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission and Huron Waterloo Pathway Initiative (HWPI).

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Huron-Clinton Metroparks seeks public input on 2020 DNR Recreation Grants

The Metroparks are seeking input on 4 grant projects being submitted to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Recreation Grants program.

The following draft documents listed below include the conceptual plans associated with each of the 4 proposed grant projects. Public input on draft documents are accepted via email to for two weeks between February 24, 2020 and March 6, 2020.

A project display for the Dexter-Huron Metropark project will also be posted for the two-week public review period at the Hudson Mills park office at 8801 North Territorial Rd., and the Dexter District Library at 3255 Alpine, Dexter, MI. A project display for the Lower Huron Metropark projects will also be posted for a two-week public review period at the Lower Huron park office at 40151 East Huron River Drive, and Van Buren Township Parks and Recreation Dept. at 46425 Tyler Rd., Van Buren Twp., MI.

Site Features for Proposed Grant Projects [PDF]

Dexter-Huron Metropark (DNR Recreation Grant Application Plan)

Lower Huron Metropark (DNR Recreation Grant Application Plans)

Planning Documents for Public Review

ADA Transition Plan

Stormwater Management Plan

Master Plans

Huron-Clinton Metroparks Community Recreation Plan 2018-2022


Nina Kelly, AICP, Chief of Planning and Development
(810) 494-6043

Tim Phillips, Park Planner
(810) 494-6022

Jason Bibby, AICP, System Planner
(810) 494-6031

Katie KowalskiVolunteer Services Supervisor
(810) 494-6020

Janet Vandewinkle, Grant Writer/Recreation Programs Coordinator
(810) 494-6017

Michelle NicholsGrant Writer
(810) 494-6012

Leah DeasyPlanning Aide
(810) 494-6032

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