The Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative (DLGI) began in 1999 as a result of the Downriver Summit, hosted by Congressman John D. Dingell. It is a community-driven regional effort to coordinate non-motorize transportation in the Downriver area. The Downriver communities recognize the importance and need for the improvement of issues surrounding the quality of life of Downriver residents, employees and visitors by connecting communities to one another and to the larger Southeast Michigan Region.


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Just in time for paddling season, DLGI is proud to announce the launch of a new user guide for the Detroit Heritage River Water Trail. The new guide offers detailed descriptions of each location, a key feature in designing your outdoor adventure. Some of the newest additions include new launch sites, updated information on existing locations, safety suggestions, and resources for local paddling groups. Furthermore, recommended paddling routes are highlighted presenting not only mileage, but water time and possible conditions. Learn more about water trails and their benefits here. 

To obtain your free copy of the new user guide, contact Mary Bohling or Riverside Kayak Connection.

TRENTON, Mich. (AP) — Construction is scheduled to begin this fall on two greenways for bicycle riders, walkers and runners in suburban Detroit.

The Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative, which represents 21 area communities, announced the update Friday. (Read More)

Recent Announcements

  • Groups to Mark Completion of 30-mile Greenway HURON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Events this week will mark the completion of a 30-mile greenway for bicycle riders, walkers and runners in southeast Michigan that expands area recreation offerings. A ribbon-cutting is planned for Wednesday on the Flat Rock-Oakwood Connector Trail at Oakwoods Metropark in Wayne County's Huron Township, the Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative said. On Saturday, a community celebration takes places at Huroc Park in Flat Rock. "The public is invited to walk, run or bike down the new segment of the trail," organizers said in a statement about Saturday's event. A second ribbon-cutting takes place at the community celebration, and a nature scavenger hunt and other events are planned. The mile-long ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2013, 12:58 PM by Greenways Webmaster
  • Groundbreaking Event May 6, 2013 About 75 Flat Rock officials, organization representatives and community members gathered Monday at Huroc Park to celebrate the groundbreaking for the final one-mile stretch of bike path being constructed by the Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative. The groundbreaking commemorates the final part of the 24-mile trail connecting Belleville Lake to the shores of Lake Erie through the Oakwoods Metropark. Co-chair Anita Twardesky emceed the hourlong event. Introducing guest speakers at Monday’s groundbreaking event at Huroc Park is Anita Twardesky, co-chair of the Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative, one of the organizations responsible for the creation of the trail system. The one-mile trail being constructed this spring and summer is the final piece of a 24-mile ...
    Posted May 9, 2013, 8:42 AM by Unknown user
  • 30-mile greenway moves closer to completion FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) - A 30-mile greenway for bicycle riders, walkers and runners in southeast Michigan is moving closer to completion.   The Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative says a ribbon-cutting is planned for late September on the Flat Rock-Oakwood Connector Trail.   The mile-long trail is the final piece of a 30-mile east-west greenway connecting Oakwoods Metropark and Lake Erie Metropark. A groundbreaking ceremony for the Flat Rock-Oakwood Connector Trail took place Monday afternoon at Huroc Park in Flat Rock.   “The completion of this trail after more than a decade of hard work will now represent the largest greenways link of two Metroparks in the region,” Anita Twardesky, co-chairwoman of the Downriver Linked Greenways ...
    Posted May 7, 2013, 5:22 AM by Greenways Webmaster
  • Wyandotte Businesswoman Honored as 'True Champion of Downriver' by Jason AlleyAnita Twardesky, the marketing and community outreach manager at Wyandotte's Riverside Kayak Connection, was honored Thursday by the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber.Twardesky, who also co-manages the Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative, received the chamber's Image Award at the group's annual member tribute held at the Downriver Italian-American Hall in Wyandotte. The Image Award "recognizes an individual or a business that actively promotes a positive image of Southern Wayne County to both the internal and external public.""Anita is a true champion of Downriver wherever she goes, speaking at conference across the state and nation and working to bring conferences and meetings to experience the natural and cultural assets of Downriver," the ...
    Posted Jan 11, 2013, 5:24 AM by Greenways Webmaster
  • Living the wildlife: Patch of shoreline becomes 'crown jewel' of refuge By Gary AnglebrandtThe downriver shoreline of the Detroit River contains 5,763 acres of federally protected wetlands and river banks under the name of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.But if it weren't for a place called Humbug Marsh, supporters say the area would have been just like any other housing development in Southeast Michigan. A group called Made in Detroit Inc. proposed in the 1990s to build a mixed-use development that would have included 300 homes and a golf course on land it bought in Trenton and Gibraltar. The plan failed when it ran afoul of environmentalists, federal agencies and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The problem was the 410-acre area called ...
    Posted May 9, 2013, 8:58 AM by Unknown user
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