Throughout the year our planning and development team has a variety of opportunities for visitors and community members to provide input on projects and plans. Check back here periodically for how YOU can help guide future projects at the Metroparks.
Help Shape the Future of the Metroparks Non-Motorized Trail Connections
We have just launched this interactive webpage, and we want to hear from you! We are working to figure out how to connect all 13 Metroparks using trails across southeast Michigan in the future. So, if you’re into trails and outdoor adventures, this is your chance to have a say.
You might not know this, but we have around 400 miles of trails here inside the Metroparks, and it’s no surprise that folks love them. People are always asking for more trails and trail improvements! In some of the Metroparks you can use non-motorized trails to hop between them and nearby communities. For example, there’s the B2B Trail that goes through Delhi, Dexter-Huron, and Hudson Mills Metroparks, or the Iron Belle Trail that goes through Lower Huron, Willow, Oakwoods, and Lake Erie Metroparks.
Now, we’re teaming up with partners and the community to work towards connecting ALL 13 Metroparks with non-motorized trails. We want everyone to enjoy safe and fun trail experiences, whether you’re walking, running, cycling, or just loving the outdoors. The first step in this project is to do a study and get feedback from you to help pick the best routes for these new trail sections.
We’ve been working hard with consultants and local stakeholders to figure out possible routes. We looked at things like whether it’s doable, how easy it is to access, safety, and how close it is to residential areas. Now, we want your thoughts on these proposed routes.
In this online tool, you can explore proposed connections and give your input on possible routes between Lower Huron Metropark and the I-275 Metro Trail, Hudson Mills to Huron Meadows Metroparks, Kensington to Indian Springs Metroparks, Indian Springs to Stony Creek Metroparks, and Wolcott Mill Metropark to Macomb Orchard Trail.
Your feedback is super important because it’s going to help us choose the final routes. Most of these routes will use public land or existing rights-of-way, which will reduce the need to obtain new property. But there will still be some challenges to work out with partners and communities. The survey will be open through the end of October, and the Metroparks plan to pick the routes by the end of the year.
These trail connections are a big deal for the Metroparks, and we’re excited about creating more connections to parks and communities in the region. However, it might be a little while before you see construction start on these routes. Once the routes have been selected, we’ll start working on getting the money and design plans together, and your input today helps make grant and outside funding requests stronger. So, speak up and stay tuned for more trail adventures in the future!
Click Here to Explore Routes and Share Your Feedback