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Metroparks Seeks Public Input on Proposed Grant Projects at Three Metroparks

Each year, your Metroparks seek grant funding to complement our annual budget, improve facilities, create or improve recreation opportunities and increase accessibility providing opportunities for everyone to enjoy the parks. This year, we are submitting three projects to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Recreation Grants program. If awarded, these grant funds will allow the parks to improve accessibility to water and trail recreation.  

Public support and input help guide the final design of park improvements and result in stronger applications, so the Metroparks want to hear from the community. 

Contact Info: Jay Bibby: 734-646-1814 /

The three proposed projects are at Delhi, Lake Erie and Stony Creek Metroparks. Each project will increase accessibility using the principles of universal design. The proposed projects are: 

1. Delhi Metropark improvements to accessibility along the Huron River by adding an accessible kayak launch/take out and associated amenities, including:  

• Expansion of sandy take-out area
• New accessible floating kayak launch/take-out with solar edge lights
• Two accessible picnic tables and a bench with easy access to the adjacent trails
• Dog waste station
• Relocation of water spigot for accessible use
• Improved concrete walkway to Huron River
• Native tree and other native vegetative buffer plantings

Click to View Plan [PDF]

2. Lake Erie Metropark improvements to accessibility along a section of the Cherry Island Nature Trail and associated amenities, including: 

• Accessible concrete parking area with 3 van spaces
• New 8’ wide aggregate trail from parking lot to new trailhead
• 6’ wide accessible aggregate path at Lake Erie viewing area
• 2 accessible picnic tables, 2 bike hoops, and viewing scopes
• Removal and replacement of a land bridge trail with 10’ wide, 630’ long boardwalk
• New split rail fence for trail safety
• Relocation of benches to accessible areas
• Accessibility improvements to existing boardwalk
• Elevation and modification to existing trail for accessible slopes and cross-slopes
• 5 native trees near parking lot

Click to View Plan [PDF]

3. Stony Creek Metropark improvements to accessibility along the Reflection Nature Trail and associated amenities, including: 

• Replacement of three bridges
• Replacement of the existing dock with shoreline viewing platform
• Accessible push button doors at the Nature Center main entrance
• Relocation of benches to accessible areas
• Various landscaping features including new native plantings and accessible prairie development
• Modification to existing trail for accessible slopes and cross-slopes

Click to View Plan [PDF]


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