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Planning Department Updates

By Nina Kelly, Chief of Planning

Updating the ADA Transition Plan

The Metroparks Planning Department is embarking on a large project to update the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) transition plan.  It was developed when the legislation was originally enacted to guide the removal of physical barriers within all 13 Metroparks. Due to the updated requirements of the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, staff will initially review the original plan, followed by an assessment of existing conditions and identification of gaps. The 2010 standards include common elements of the “built environment” such as buildings, parking lots, access routes and recreational facilities. In 2013, guidelines for outdoor developed areas including campgrounds, picnic areas, trails and beaches were introduced. Staff will consult other relevant documents in this initial phase, including the 2018-2022 Community Recreation Plan, individual park master plans, and a recent systemwide inventory of parking lots, access routes, restrooms and recreational facilities.

Shelden Trails Development Project

Based on public input gathered during the Stony Creek Metropark Master Plan, the Planning Department is overseeing the consultants who will create a  conceptual design for improving the Shelden and Trolley trails. Project goals include the development of year-round trail facilities for multiple user groups including mountain bikers, hikers/runners, fat tire cyclists, wildlife observers, and cross-country skiers. This will be achieved with an eye toward improving safety, accessibility, and navigability, while avoiding and mitigating potential negative impacts to biodiversity areas. Learn More

We want your input! An online survey has been created to gather information on use patterns, issues, and opportunities on the existing Shelden and Trolley trail systems. Please visit to share your feedback. The survey will be available through Monday, October 1, 2018. Phase 1 of the design process is estimated for completion by the end of the year.

Stormwater Management Plan

The Metroparks is hosting a series of Stormwater Workshops to gather input for the Metroparks Stormwater Management Plan. The purpose of a Stormwater Management Plan is to guide improvements for controlling stormwater (also known as rainwater) runoff through collection, storage and movement.  The Stormwater Workshops will include an overview of the plan’s purpose and lead attendees through a series of engaging activities to gather your thoughts and concerns about the Metroparks existing stormwater system and ultimately help provide direction to the plan.

Please check the locations and times below to attend a meeting in your area:

  • Lake St. Clair Metropark Thomas Welsh Activity Center, Harrison Township
    Monday, October 1, 2018 6 – 7:30 p.m. – Learn More
  • Kensington Metropark Nature Center, Milford Township
    Tuesday, October 2, 2018 6 – 7:30 p.m. – Learn More
  • Willow Metropark Washago Pond, Huron Township
    Wednesday, October 3, 2018 6 – 7:30 p.m. – Learn More
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