$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

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 .

Donna Hay August 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM
You have got to be kidding me!!!
chris August 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Thomas Barszczowski August 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Spending $115,000 for a place 40 minutes from Dearborn that a limited number of residents use (no one has stats-I have asked) is unbelieveable. A city cutting back to reach a budget....Would this benefit the city of Milford more than Dearborn? Forget the $268,000 grant and save $115,000. If the bike path goes from Milford to the GM Grounds, there would be no revenue gained unless they charge the bikers and walkers-and that won;t happen. SAVE OUR MONEY This money would best be spent inside the city limits.
chris August 12, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I agree, spend the $115,000 within the Dearborn borders.
AndreaVH August 12, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I also agree...spend it in DEARBORN! Why would Dearborn residents use their bikes to get out to Camp Dearborn?? Its ridiculous! I don't want to spend Dearborn's $115,000 to someone else benefit other than Dearborn residents. I want to know...is Dearborn gonna charge those bikers and kayakers for the use of Camp Dearborn, since they would be coming onto the Camp premises to use the facilities? SAVE OUR MONEY
robert jones August 12, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Michigan is known for great recreatiional areas. This will be great for all to enjoy.
Donna Hay August 12, 2012 at 02:16 PM
AndreaVH - according ot the article they will not be charged, maybe the city figures they will spend thousands at the canteen.
Frank Lee August 12, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Another example of a dubious program supported by the Mayor and his six figure political appointees spending public money on programs that have no objective purpose to improve the standard of living for the residents of Dearborn. This is equivalent to building a deck for your neighbors while your roof is on fire. This project has great value for the people who live and work in Milford but no value for the residents of Dearborn. Another pet project of our Mayor funded while our pools, parks, and libraries are closed and destroyed
Erin Connors August 12, 2012 at 06:05 PM
It's a GRANT. We have to use the money for what it is assigned for. It can still help Dearborn. THINK POSITIVE people! :)
Donna Hay August 12, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Erin we all have our opinion on this but I would really like to know how this trail is going to help Dearborn.
Jeanine August 12, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Close the pools and library's and build a bike trail at camp Dearborn, how about fixing up the showers and bathrooms at camp?
Erin Connors August 12, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Grants are written for specifics things & this one was for this apparently. The money is earmarked & cannot be used for anything else. We got the money at least. Maybe it'll bring more people out to Camp. The City can write other Grants for other things like library programs, etc... My husband works for the libraries, so I understand all too well what you all mean. I'm not offering answers, just thoughts to think about :)
Erin Connors August 12, 2012 at 07:20 PM
That's a great cause that needs help. I agree :) They did a few years back, but it needs more work. :)
Moe August 12, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Another waste. Just last year the mayor and council talked of cutting police and fire because we are broke. They got their millage passed and still closed pools and a library and then "found" the money to buy a new city hall. This $115,000 could be better used here in town. Every time the subject comes up the mayor says that due to zoning we could only get pennies on the dollar if we sold the camp. What he doesn't say is the hundreds of thousands we could save on maintaining and running camp. Just what we pay Oakland County to police the camp could put a few more cops on our streets.
Frank Lee August 12, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Why do people believe that grant funded means free? The grant money is simply our tax dollars redistributed back to us in the form of controlled spending. That being said Dearborn just paid 115,000 of general fund money to buy into a program with no noticeable benefit to Dearborn residents. Why is there no grant money for small pools, Snow Branch or Centennial Fountain, the residents continue to lose services and amenities while oreilly and his appointees spend "free money"
Sharon Murphy August 13, 2012 at 12:26 AM
The Mayor needs to take a hike! Spending ANY amount of money for something that is at least a 40 minute drive with gasoline prices at $4.00 a gallon is simply idiotic. Put the $115,000 in Dearborn.
Dearborn Resident August 13, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Jessica, please update this story to include the total costs the City has to pay to get this grant. The City paid the 'Spicer Group' a fee to put the grant together and then push thru the process a few years back for the 1st attempt, it failed and wasn't accepted. The City then tried attempt #2 and again paid additional money to the 'Spicer Group' to push thru. This is all on top of the required 'match' the City has to pay. Please note during a previous Rec. Commission meeting the Rec. Director advised there will be no charges for people entering the Camp from this trail. @Erin, alot of people in Dearborn do wish the best for Camp D., as do I, but they have major concerns. Alot seems to be happening to everything that doesn't affect your #1 investment, your home and neighborhood community. So when you see $500,000 for Camp Cabins, ~$200,000 for Camp Playground's, $4 Million to start for a New City Hall, $900,000 for a weed field and buildings (on Gully) at Crowley Park, $200,000+ for a new HFCL Conference Room, $4 Million for a wanted Mega Pool, $3.24 Million for wanted Rotunda Ball Fields, $13 Million for a wanted Convention Center all while Community Pools, Community Libraries and Community Services are being eliminated/​diminished.....residents are having a hard time with the Direction the City is taking. The Mayor also advised during a Rec. Commision meeting that he plans on spending alot more money at Camp. A waterslide/water park has been discussed.
Erin Connors August 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM
All we can do as citizens is vote & elect new people to office. Find a good candidate to run against Mayor O'Reilly, write some letters, talk to City Council, etc... It is the only way to make changes. :)
Mr. Dearborn August 13, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I honestly think this city need to take a step back and look at what we are spending money on. In these times we really need to go back to econ 101, and think about needs and wants. They need to look in the mirror and say is this a need or a want. A trail is a want not a need. Most of the things money is being spent on these days are a want and not a need. Needs are things like police and fire, DPW and schools. These are the things that directly benifit OUR community. If those three things are strong so is the community. Im not down playing pools and librarys at all but when you break it down to its most basic building blocks for a city those three things I mentioned are the #1 things that need to be taken care of, then we can move on to other things. The mayor should remember this "save alittle, spend alittle" because right now he is trying to save money with cuts and closings inside the city just to take that money and spend it in Milford. My moto is "Shop local, Spend Local and Stay Local." Support the community that supports you!!!!!!
Linda Scharf Brazier August 13, 2012 at 08:53 PM
waste of Money and for the city of Dearborn Tax payers.......do we get to vote on this ?
Linda Scharf Brazier August 13, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Eric Grants ....are not good do not Believe what you are told ...once you take a Fed / or Gov Grant ..you now have no say to what goes on 100% in the Camp.......you can no longer claim Camp dearborn 100%........trust me ....we lost our Parks in 1980 thanks to mayor O'riellys Dad.........Grants can do more harm then good ...its just a front and why should dearborn residents have to pay the rest when we are not even close to that camp ?
Linda Scharf Brazier August 13, 2012 at 08:59 PM
yeh they are earmarked Erin...... ..but we lose the total control of something that was ours .......not for the entire state to use for free..when we pay for this with our taxes and is and was at one point meant for Dearborn and Milford residents only .....we are losing everything here in dearborn ........Im sick of this ....I want out after almost 30 yrs here ....
Linda Scharf Brazier August 13, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Ty Frank......................also Grants give you less control of what is yours in the 1st place thats why .grants are no good
Erin Connors August 13, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Linda- We have to ask for the grants, so obviously we know what we are getting ourselves into. Most people thing some grant money is better than no grant money. Perhaps that's why they did it. I don't know.
AndreaVH August 14, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Erin, sure its a Grant, but as stated, "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." Nothing is ever Free....must read the fine print.
AndreaVH August 14, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Very well said Ryan! I like seeing the black and white of things. :)


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