Crosswinds Marsh, other Wayne County parks to receive upgrades worth $2.5 million

Picturesque Crosswinds Marsh on a beautiful September 2014 day. File photo by Scott Bolthouse.

Crosswinds Marsh on a beautiful September 2014 day. File photo by Scott Bolthouse.

By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor

Crosswinds Marsh, along with several other parks throughout Wayne County’s system, will be receiving some much needed upgrades thanks to an investment initiative set forth by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans last week.

Evans announced June 16 that $2.5 million is being invested to repair and enhance parks and other facilities in Wayne County. The improvements, according to Wayne County, ensure residents have enjoyable experiences in the natural environments offered by the parks system.

At Crosswinds Marsh, located at 27600 Haggerty Road in New Boston, a restroom facility will be added on the grounds to enhance the comfort of multiple groups that visit the park on a yearly basis.

17 total parks across Wayne County will receive new equipment, critical infrastructure assessments, upgrades to facilities, and trailway developments. Also included in the plans are upgrades to comfort stations to ensure accessibility for visitors with disabilities.

“We are putting the tax dollars of Wayne County residents to work by investing in one of the most important features in our communities, our parks system,” said Evans in a statement.

“The implementation of these improvement projects and our team’s commitment to delivering high quality programs that interest people of all ages, increases the quality of life for the residents. Wayne County parks are clean, safe and fun, and it is our priority to maintain that standard through our Capital Improvement Plan.”

Photo/Scott Bolthouse

Photo/Scott Bolthouse

Crosswinds is a 1,000 acre marsh that is considered one of the most pristine wetlands in the state of Michigan and is a huge draw for outdoor recreation.

The marsh offers year-round activities including trails for hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing, and areas for picnicking and fishing. Also offered are natural science educational programming and related events for schools, scout groups and families.

The marsh was created a result of a land swap when nearby Metro Airport destroyed 200 acres of wetland to expand its runways. The park first opened to the public in 1997.

Stay up to date with happenings at Crosswinds by following their Facebook page.

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