$269K Grant Will Help Fund Camp Dearborn Connection Trail
The State of Michigan grant will be matched by $115,000 in funding from the City of Dearborn.
Gov. Rick Snyder this month approved a $268,900 grant to develop a trail between Camp Dearborn and the Milford Recreation Trail, the state announced.
The development is part of $38 million in Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grants to support 99 recreation and land acquisition projects throughout the state. It also includes further improvements to the Kensington Metropark, as well as trail developments in Grand Traverse County.
For the Camp Dearborn project, the grant requires a funding match of $115,000 from the city of Dearborn, which is around 30 percent of the whole project's projected costs.
The project would result in a multi-use path that would connect the Milford Trail on General Motors Road to Camp Dearborn. The path would include a canoe and kayak launch as well as a shore fishing platform on the Huron River.
According to Greg Orner, Dearborn Recreation Department director, the plan centers on efforts to make Camp Dearborn more accessible to bicyclists and foot traffic while lessening vehicle traffic into and out of the camp. In the proposed plan, a longer bike trail would be added to give bicyclists easier access to the camp and they would not be charged to enter.
"We want to de-emphasize the amount of vehicles coming into the camp to make more room for bikes and cause less traffic," Eric Peterson, Recreation Department deputy director, explained at a public meeting on the grant held in March.
Public Act 283 of 2012, as signed by Gov. Snyder, includes projects totaling $65 million, including matching funds of more than $27 million and the $38 million appropriated by the legislation.
"These projects allow us to preserve the places that make Michigan such a special place to live, work and play," Snyder said in a statement. "They provide diverse, high-quality recreational opportunities for residents and tourists alike. I appreciate the trust fund board's work in identifying and evaluating these projects so that the economies and quality of life in communities across our state are enhanced."
The Camp Dearborn project is part of a series of improvements aimed at making the facility–owned by the city of Dearborn but located in Milford–profitable for the city.