Posted by The Huron Hub | Monday, Feb. 15, 2020
Metroparks intend to leverage grant funding to improve accessibility and recreation opportunities.
The Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority is seeking public input on three projects being submitted to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Recreation Grants program. The Metroparks are home to 13 parks in southeast Michigan and staff is looking to improve their impact on the community by leveraging grantfunding that will complement the Metroparks’ annual budget. The Metroparks are committed to removing barriers, creating and improving access, and increasing recreation opportunities for all, and 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.
One proposed project will be located at Delhi Metropark, located five miles outside of Ann Arbor. This park is home to 52acres of mature oak trees and open, grassy lawns along the Huron River. The proposed project would make improvements for accessibility along the Huron River by renovating the site to add a new floating dock system and an expanded sandy launch/take-out area using universal design principals, 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 accessto 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.
The second proposed project would be located at Lake Erie Metropark. This 1,607-acre park is in the southeastern corner of Wayne County, at the junction of the Detroit River and Lake Erie. Lake Erie Metropark is part of the Downriver Linked Greenways North South Trail (part of the Iron Belle Trail) and the Detroit Heritage River Water Trail. The proposed project for Lake Erie Metropark would improve the Cherry Island NatureTrail and associated amenities for accessibility using universal design principles, 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
The third project is proposed for Stony Creek Metropark. This park extends across Oakland and Macomb counties with 4,435acres used for year-round recreation and education. The project at Stony Creek Metropark would improve accessibility of the Reflection Nature Trail and associated amenities using universal design principles, 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
The public can review the projects, including conceptual plans,through the Metroparks website at http://www.metroparks.com/DNRgrants. Metroparks staff are offering multiple opportunities to provide feedback. Three virtual public meetings are scheduled, where each of the projects will be discussed along with opportunities for feedback. The zoom meetings are scheduled for:
• Thursday, February 18 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
• Thursday, February 18 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
• Saturday, February 20 from 11 a.m. – Noon
Additionally, feedback can be given through an online survey if you are unable to attend one of the virtual events. Lastly, there will be a virtual public hearing on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 9.a.m. prior to the Board of Commissioners meeting.
Project descriptions, renderings, Zoom meeting links, as well as links to the online surveys for each project can also be found online at http://www.metroparks.com/DNRgrants.